How to choose the best roofing material for your new home

Bristile Roofing’s La Escandella Planum range in Wallaroo.

Our comparison of three market-leading materials will help you select the ideal product for your build.

When it comes to roofing, consumers now have more choice than ever before. But choosing a roof material doesn’t have to be complicated: once you’ve identified your requirements and priorities, one product usually presents itself as the obvious choice.

What to consider 

Before you look at specific products, it’s a good idea to think about the following criteria:

  • Appearance. Would you prefer a traditional or modern look? And do you have a colour preference?
  • Value. Don’t assume less expensive products are better value: a pricier product with a longer lifespan could be more cost-effective over the long term.
  • Durability. In addition to considering the overall lifespan of a material, find out about its colour longevity and weather resistance, particularly if you live somewhere with harsh conditions.
  • Insulation and energy efficiency. Will the product make it easier or more difficult to heat and cool your house? And does it insulate against noise?

Now it’s time to take a look at your options.

Ceramic tiles

Bristile Roofing’s La Escandella Vienna range in Aniseed.

The strong fundamentals of ceramic tiles make them an enduringly popular choice on a wide variety of builds. Brickworks’ brand Bristile Roofing offers La Escandella, European ceramic roof tiles with a host of features:

  • Huge range of colours and profiles. Ceramic roof tiles are available in more colour and profile combinations than any other commonly used roofing product in Australia.
  • Tough and durable. Ceramic tiles are non-combustible; rust and corrosion resistant (making them suitable for wet and coastal areas); and stronger than concrete roof tiles.
  • Can reduce cooling requirements. Ceramic roof tiles reflect more heat away than other similarly coloured roofing products, reducing air-conditioning costs.
  • Sound insulation. La Escandella tiles can reduce external noise by 25 decibels – more than twice the noise reduction achieved by other commonly used roofing materials.
  • Average price. Ceramic tiles are more expensive than concrete tiles but cheaper than solar roofing.

Concrete tiles

Bristile Roofing’s Designer range in Magnum.

Modern home-owners love concrete’s contemporary look and excellent affordability. Bristile Roofing manufactures concrete roof tiles that tick numerous boxes:

  • Great value. Concrete tiles are one of the most affordable materials available while also being non-combustible, durable and strong (in fact, they get stronger with age).
  • Energy efficient. Concrete roof tiles reflect more heat away from your home than other commonly used building materials, while concrete sarking (a second concrete layer underneath the roof tiles) reflects up to 95 per cent of radiant heat away from the roof space.
  • Wide variety. Concrete tiles are available in dozens of colour and profile combinations.  
  • Sound insulation. Bristile concrete tiles can also reduce external noise by 30 decibels.

Integrated solar tiles

Bristile Roofing’s La Escandella Planum integrated solar tiles in Slate.

These cutting-edge roof tiles are like mini solar panels, generating electricity while also acting as conventional roofing. Bristile’s solar roofing solution can be laid in conjunction with either ceramic or concrete tiles.

  • All-in-one solution. The Bristile solar roofing and energy management system includes solar tiles, ceramic or concrete tiles, an inverter (to create power from energy), battery storage and monitoring software.
  • Top quality. Bristile’s solar product is guaranteed to generate power for 25 years, and the structural integrity of the tiles is guaranteed for 10 years. The tiles are made with 45-watt premium monocrystalline cells and low iron, hail-resistant tempered glass.
  • Higher price with savings over time. The initial cost of purchasing integrated solar tiles is higher than purchasing concrete or ceramic tiles, but a solar system can deliver hundreds of dollars in savings each year by reducing your reliance on grid power.

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