Innovative Living Homes Quality Residential Builders, South Australia

Innovative Living is an experienced Quality Builder of New Homes and House Extensions based in the Adelaide Hills. Our passion is to build your Dream Home or House Renovation.

After 25 years in the building industry I have come to appreciate new and innovative building ideas and designs. It's so good to see people being creative with their building projects and thinking outside the square. I believe the most important part of a new home or extension is the client. The people who will live there. Is it really what they want, what meets their expectations and budget? To me the building process is forming a relationship with the client and working together to see their dream come true. It's an exciting industry to be in and I’m passionate about building.
I love my job.

What's the best material for roofing?

In Australia we have 2 main roofing materials. Iron roofs (or what is commonly known as ‘Colourbond’) or tiled roofs. Tiles come in two main types being either concrete or clay tiles. Both have been used extensively in the past few years although there is a general trend towards the use of iron roofs in recent years.

To help you decide on which way to go with your roofing project we have listed some advantages and disadvantages of both materials;

Tiled Roofs – advantages;
  • Lower embodied energy (this is the energy that has been used to manufacture and transport the material from its original raw state to the finished installed product on site).
  • The embodied energy for terracotta (or clay) tiles is 271 MJ/m² and for concrete tiles 251MJ/m².
  • Appearance. Some people consider tiles to be a little more prestigious, although this view is slowly changing.
  • Can easily be removed for roof access for any trades who require to do work in the roof cavity.

Tiled Roofs – disadvantages;
  • Heavy to transport and handle
  • Can break easily
  • They require a stronger roof structure which adds to construction costs
  • They hold moisture which can reduce the first run off for rain water collection and can also tend to go moldy in wet areas
  • They tend to be hotter in summer and will hold heat for longer (‘thermal mass’).
  • Can easily be removed – a security problem for entry into the roof cavity and possibly the house.
  • Can fade after time
  • More susceptible to storm damage

Iron Roofs – advantages;
  • Lighter weight and less roof structure required to support it
  • Relatively easy to install
  • Large range of colours
  • Good for rain water collection
  • Modern look
  • Lower cost
  • Will not hold heat (thermal mass) like a tiled roof
  • Easy to upgrade/renew

Iron Roofs – disadvantages;
  • Can dent
  • High embodied energy – 330 MJ/m²
  • Can rust after time

Both types of roofs are suitable for timber or steel frame construction. In general you would find the use of tiles more common in the cooler climates.

When it comes down to it I think it is really a personal choice about appearance. What will suit the area and style of house that you are building? It does seem as though the advantages outweigh the disadvantages with the iron roof compared with that of the tiled roof. Maybe that’s the better way to go.

As for me I would choose the Colourbond roof any day.

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