Home Renovation Blog
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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’!
“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”.
“ 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.Laila, North Perth 'We thoroughly enjoyed the building process'
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 complimented 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!! ”
“ I was fortunate to have Steve, Kelly and the team at Amerex build my extension.Cymbie, Mt Lawley 'Professional, highly skilled, approachable with exacting standards'
They are 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 coordination ensures that everything runs like clockwork and all your queries are dealt with extreme efficiency.
Very Happy! ”
“ We signed up with Amerex for a very big renovation, bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom - the lot. We wanted to keep the look and feel of our character home in the extensions. Amerex were the right choice for that. They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right. We've been very happy with the quality of their work.Ben, Inglewood 'They have an eye for detail and took the time to make sure things were done right'
We found Steve to be very responsive and professional. He kept the whole project moving along. We were complete novices going into the whole process and he took the time to go through the details so we could make more informed choices.
Would definitely recommend Amerex to anyone wanting to renovate. ”
“ From the first meeting with Amerex until the final check we have enjoyed the experience. Amerex have taken our words and ideas and built them into a quality finished home extension that is functional and everything that we had hoped for.Phil, North Perth 'Our extension has the "wow" factor'
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. ”
“ 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.Christine, Wembley 'It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team'
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. ”
“ 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.Rachel, Woodlands 'Steve has clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance'
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. ”
“ It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.Eric and Kris, Mt Lawley 'We received exceptional customer service'
From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.
The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.
Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. ”
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
home renovation project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
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