Colorbond has long been considered the more expensive option.
However, Ricky says these days there is little difference in price.
“Concrete tiles and Colorbond are on par. Many years ago, there might
have been a difference but, over the years, the price of Colorbond roofs
has come down, making them a much more competitive option for consumers
who are looking for something a little more modern or sleek."
Terracotta, on the other hand, is generally more expensive, but Ricky
says this is because it is a more high-end option that would suit people
looking for durability and easy maintenance.
“For buyers who want longevity, terracotta roof tiles are becoming more
and more popular, but they are more expensive than conventional concrete
roof tiles, which is why you don’t see them on many roofs.”
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While concrete and terracotta tiles both have insulating properties, making them ideal for colder climates, many people building in regional areas like using Colorbond because of its reflective element, especially in the lighter colours.
“Lighter roofs tend to reflect the heat so in hotter areas, Colorbond tends to be a better fit.”
For those tossing up between tiles and tin, Ricky says when it comes to
installing solar panels for eco-friendly design, new innovations in roof
tiles mean they can now be integrated into the tile for a smooth,
“Solar panels can now be built seamlessly into the tile rather than
applied to the top of the roof,” he says. “That means you can still have
solar panels without worrying about how they are going to impact the
look of your home, which is pretty cool.”
You should also consider adding a skylight to help create a green roof as it lets natural light inside during the day.