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Jul 19, 2019

Colorbond vs tile roofs

Jul 19, 2019

One of the big decisions homeowners about to embark on a major home renovation project need to decide, is to whether to go for a Colorbond tin roof or to stick with a more traditional tiled roof.

The answer is that there is no hard and fast right and wrong decision. You simply need to weigh up all the different factors and variables unique to your home, to make the right decision that best suits you.

We have put together the many different aspects that you need to consider, so you can make the decision that best suits your circumstances and your home.

 

The advantages of a Colorbond TIN ROOF

Metal roof sheeting is light and quick to install. Being quick to install makes the installation of a tin roof cheaper than a tiled roof.

 

Colorbond tin comes in a range of colours and with today’s modern colour palettes you can get a better aesthetic that ties in with your colour scheme. With minimal maintenance required, a colorbond tin roof will retain its true colour for many years.

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The roof frame to support the tin sheeting is lighter in design as it is not required to hold up as much weight as tiles so this can be your most affordable option.

 

Will a TIN roof suit an older style home?

Absolutely!!! At Amerex, we re-roof older character homes with a tin roof on a regular basis. Whether you have a Californian bungalow, 1960’s style home or an old heritage cottage, a tin roof can tie in with any style of home.

 

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The disadvantages of a tin roof

Access through the top of the roof is limited. This can be a nuisance if a trade requires roof access down the track for maintenance work.

 

It is important the roof tin and frame are adequately tied down as per the engineering design. If this is not done correctly, the roof could blow off. To ensure it is done correctly, always get a registered builder to supervise the tin roof installation.

 

Many Perth character homes had a tiled roof originally

If the tiles on your current home are very old – and in particular if they are concrete tiles which are porous – then they are probably cracked in places or at very least brittle. This causes leaks into the roof space and will contribute to dampness and mould. Not good. If you are about to add an extension to your home, or a second storey addition, it is definitely worth thinking about re-roofing the entire home at the same time.

 

The case for choosing a tiled roof

Roof tiles come in a range of different profiles and can contribute to the overall design theme of the home. If you are only adding a small section of new roof with your home extension and the current roof tiles are in good repair, then it makes sense to stick with a tiled roof and select matching tiles.

 

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Tiled Roofs in Heritage protected areas

In fact, some councils will insist tiles are to be used as part of their design guidelines for specific areas such as designated heritage zones within older suburbs. Make sure you ask at your local council before you make a decision, as you may just find that you need to comply with the heritage guidelines and stick with tiles.

 

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Potential disadvantages of having a tiled roof

A tiled roof is heavier than a metal sheet roof and the roof structure required to support a tiled roof needs more supporting beams than a tin roof. This can add to the overall expense to your home improvement project.

 

It is also worth noting that tiles are not as secure as a metal roof and as such it is relatively easy for anybody to lift a few tiles and gain unauthorised access to your home. If security is an important aspect for you, then tiles might not be the best choice.

 

What costs more – tile or tin?

Tin can be a more affordable option for a large section of roof. A tin roof is lighter so doesn’t need as many supporting beams which reduces the cost of installation. In addition, because tin is faster to install, you will also save on reduced labour costs. For smaller projects, it is often easier and more cost effective to match the existing roof tiles. The only time we would advise against this, is when the roof tiles are old concrete. Old concrete tiles are awful things and are better off in the skip bin!

 

Summary

We hope you learnt something from this article!

 

If you want to see more example of tin and tile roofs on real home renovation projects, check out the Before and Afters page. You will see a great mix of both tin and tiled roofs which just goes to show, the answer is not ‘one size fits all’!

 

BURKEY’S TIP!

“If existing tiles are deemed to be still in good condition, they can be reused for the new addition. Reusing roof sheeting would be rare”.

 

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Cymbie Burgoyne
Cymbie Burgoyne
01:41 17 Jan 19
I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension. Their's is a professional, highly skilled, approachable business with exacting standards and the ability to work with you from the planning stage to completion. This professionalism extends to all who come on site. Kelly's capable and warm project management ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency. Very Happy!
Laila Gizzarelli
Laila Gizzarelli
07:11 19 Dec 18
We completed our first home renovation in North Perth with Amerex last year. We were undertaking a large two storey renovation of our dream home and the decision to choose Amerex came down to the high level of professionalism, expertise, excellent customer service and vast knowledge that Steve and the team displayed in character home renovations. We had not renovated in the past and we were very unsure of the process however Amerex staff spent a lot of time assisting us with the design process, they were always available to answer our enquires, provided valuable suggestions, were extremely patient and completed our project ahead of schedule. We would highly recommend Amerex as we have ended up with a beautiful home that displays excellent workmanship and a highly functional design. The home is exactly as we imagined it to be and our family and friends have all complemented on the amazing final result. We thoroughly enjoyed the building process with Steve and the highly skilled Amerex team and extend a big thankyou to all the staff who helped us along the way( Kelly, Loretta, Maryanne and Pete !)
Eric Trevaskis
Eric Trevaskis
06:21 11 Dec 17
It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
Jacqui Seymour
Jacqui Seymour
05:52 09 Aug 17
AMAZING experience. We have just completed a major renovation, and over 18 months dealing with Steve and the AMEREX team. We had a 1930's California bungalow and required the character at the front to be maintained whilst adding almost an entire new house to the back including a second story. We have built twice before, both new homes one with larger builders. The difference between that and our experience with AMEREX was astounding. This was actually an exciting and pleasurable experience throughout. Rather than a number or just "another" client, we were made to feel part of the AMEREX family. The office staff (Loretta, Kelly and Maryanne) are a pleasure to deal with, nothing is ever too much effort. Kelly in particular is a great help with all the various selections and changes and is always smiling! We did not have an issue with a single tradesman throughout. And finally Pete (working foreman) and Steve (owner) are the most hands on, professional and customer focused we have ever met. I was able to speak to either at any time regarding any issue, many times Steve would suggest changes on site to improve the look or function of the renovation and Pete can do it all. No variation fees, complete flexibility, great workmanship direct line to the owners/supervisor, quality finish. We could not recommend AMEREX highly enough. Brenton and Jacqui Seymour Daglish
Rachel Green
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03:57 04 Aug 17
Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
Phillip Madden
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02:52 24 Nov 16
From the first meeting with Loretta from Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience with Amerex. They have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for. The entire team at Amerex lead by Steve are friendly, reliable, use quality materials and produce a quality outcomes. Our extension has the “wow” factor and guests comment on the exceptional open plan design that is built to entertain. We are very happy with the final finish and would highly recommend them to anyone.
Christine Tonkin
Christine Tonkin
09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
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