A Review of Roofing Materials

Selecting the best material for your roof can be a tricky job—you’ve got quite a few options available these days. Plus, you need to weigh up a whole range of other factors, from aesthetics and durability, through to maintenance requirements and costs. The roofing material that works for some areas won’t work in others. For example, if you live by the ocean, you’ll need a hard-wearing, salt resistance material. If you live in an area prone to bushfires, then fire resistance will be the most important factor in your choice.

So, to make matters a little easier for you, we thought we’d provide you with all the information you need to make the right decision about your roofing material: we’ve put together a review of roofing materials.


Composition Shingles

Composition shingles are the most affordable of all the roofing options. They are incredibly cheap and easy to install, meaning you’ll save both on materials and labour costs. However, the initial money you save on this roof installation may not last long. Composition shingles aren’t exactly the hardiest of construction materials. They can blow off in the wind and they are easily affected by heat, making them a less than desirable choice for the tempestuous and often boiling hot climate that the Aussie roof has to withstand.

Clay Tile

There’s no denying the aesthetic beauty of a clay tile roof. It evokes images of Mediterranean villas and Texan ranches. But don’t let their beauty dazzle you. This material is incredibly expensive and is notoriously unreliable. The tiles are fragile and the colour can quickly fade, particularly if it is subject to intense heat – again, not ideal for the long hot summers of Australia.


This material is also celebrated for it’s pure aesthetic appeal. It looks natural, grand and restrained. However, like clay, all that beauty comes at a cost. Not only is slate incredibly expensive, it is also very high-maintenance, heavy and prone to cracking when it is walked on. The fact that it is high-maintenance and hard to walk on means it’s only good for someone that has the money for a roof replacement on a very regular basis – and when you research the cost of slate, you’ll realise there aren’t many people that fall into that basket.

Wood Shakes

This is a bit of a throwback roofing material, but it’s still worthy of a review. You probably won’t see it much around Australia, due to the fact that it is unsuitable for areas that are prone to fire, which is basically everywhere. It needs a lot of maintenance and is prone to everything from mould to insects. Basically, it’s a material to avoid, unless you’ve been dreaming about having a rotting, fire-hazard of a roof since you were a child.


Last, but definitely not least, is the quintessential Aussie wonder that is Colorbond roofing. Don’t wait for the negative in this review, because there isn’t any. It ticks all the boxes.

You’ve got 22 colours to choose from, all inspired by the natural colours of our beautiful country – so you’re covered on the aesthetics front.

Colorbond is legendary for its durability. It was designed here, which means it can stand up under anything you throw at it. It’s non-combustible, meaning it will do its best to protect you from fire. The baked-on-colour won’t fade no matter how many 40+ days, torrential downpours or morning frosts it is exposed to and on top of that, termites don’t like the taste of steel so you’re protected from that standpoint.

You don’t have to worry about tiles blowing off or getting cracked and the only maintenance it needs is a hose down every now and then – and that’s only if the rain hasn’t taken care of that for you.

The Thermatech® technology also works to reflect the sun, meaning you wont have to have the air conditioner running as much during summer. So your roof is helping to save you money as well as helping to save the environment. Steel is 100% recyclable meaning your roof can come back as something else.

There’s a reason we have devoted ourselves to Colorbond roofing at ACR Roofing. There’s no point using other materials when we’ve got such a standout at our disposal. There is simply no other roofing material out there that is as durable, easy-to-maintain, cost-effective and aesthetically pleasing as Colorbond.

So, to conclude our review, your choice of roofing materials is really a no brainer – go for Colorbond roofing every time.

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