Choosing a new roof style for your home
When building a new home you have a chance to get everything right, right from the start. A new roof is a major decision and needs to be made carefully and with some knowledge. The roofing decision you are about to make will have long term consequences. Get it right and life will be safer and easier for your family – no worries about leaks, ongoing maintenance or Australia’s extreme weather.
Your first step is do a little research – on the web, on foot, and during conversations with others. We can help you do some research , so you can make an informed new roof choice that you will be happy with for decades.
Learn about the new roof materials market in Australia
Research the pros and cons of all of the different types of roofing materials that you like. In Australia the new roof options are concrete tiles, corrugated metal roofing, terracotta tiles, timber shingles and asphalt shingles.
Talk to the new roof experts – Designers and Architects
If you can talk to the experts. Your new roof shape may exclude some types of roofing materials. For example asphalt shingles are not installed below 8° roof pitch. For flat roofs metal is a better option.
Take a look in person
Ask the roofing Company to supply you with a list of new roofs they have built and take the time to drive past and have a look, or take some photos. Roofs can look very different in reality to what they look like on-line in a photo. You will also get to see the colours and materials used to complement the roof and hopefully help you with your design choices.
Browse through roofing galleries on the web
Browse our gallery to see images of homes with asphalt shingle roofs. Other roofing materials suppliers will have similar online galleries. Print images that reflect what you’re trying to achieve with your new roof; don’t forget to note the product colour and name.
Consider our extreme weather conditions
Some roofing materials require special coatings, fasteners, maintenance or reinforcement for Australia’s extreme conditions, so your new roof might take longer to build and cost more if you live in a high-wind zone or by the ocean. An asphalt shingle roof system will need to be storm nailed (plywood and shingles) in a high wind zone for added strength. This is a relatively easy process and does not cost any more money to build. If you live by the ocean an asphalt shingle roof is a rust free solution. More about the advantages of a new roof in asphalt shingles.
Keep a scrapbook of your favourite pictures
Keep some photos of roofs that you like in a scrapbook with relevant information. When you feel that the information and image gathering stage is over, spend some time discussing and eliminating roofs with your partner or a friend.