Roofing: Colorbond or Tiles?

Are you planning to replace your old, damaged roof? Or perhaps you are building a new home and are unsure whether to go with tiles or colorbond. The life expectancy of roofs is usually dependent on the roofing material, among other factors. When it comes to roofing materials in Perth, two types stand out the most above others — corrugated metal (Colorbond) and concrete tiles. So which is the better option?

Tiles have been in use all over the country for decades. Colorbond is newer, but just as popular.  Of course the final choice is up to you, but it is important to understand the qualities of both materials, so you can make an informed decision for your home. Here’s how they compare:

Material Resilience and Weather Resistance

Simply put, metal is more resilient than tiles. Its manufacturing process produces a material that is much more durable and weather resistant than traditional concrete roof tiles. In fact, metal roofs can withstand pretty much anything the weather here in Australia can throw at it. Tiles are quite durable and weather resistant too, just not like metal.


Tiles provide a higher level of insulation, both acoustic and thermal. This often means a cozier and quieter home interior. Metal roofs also have great thermal insulation qualities, but you will need to ensure there is adequate ventilation in the roof space to attenuate the effects of condensation from daily heat cycles.

Maintenance Costs

Concrete tiles are more fragile than corrugated metal, so they are generally more expensive to maintain. Tiles can crack or even break off under high winds and will need to be addressed immediately, lest they cause leaks or blockage in the gutters. Metal roofs on the other hand require minimal maintenance, with some of them being able to withstand up to 200 k/ph of wind speed.

However, if you live by the ocean, the salty water and winds can have an adverse effect on the material composition of metal roofs. If damage occurs, it’s easier to replace one or two tiles than replacing a whole metal roof sheet.

Aesthetic Appeal

Concrete tiles have always been synonymous with tradition and prestige. They come in a wide array of colours that can help redefine the curb appeal of any home. Metal roofs boast clean crisp lines, giving modern and rugged appearance. They also feature a variety of elegant color selections that can blend or contrast beautifully with the exterior design of your home. So aesthetically speaking, it all comes down to personal preference.

There are certainly differences between these two roofing options, but both are top, reliable choices. If you are still undecided, then perhaps a registered builder’s professional opinion can be the tie breaker.

Call 1800 781 251 or fill out the contact form today to know more about what Perth Property Inspections can do for you and help you make the right roofing decision for your home.

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