Saturday, 7 July 2012

Roofing Considerations-1

Metricon, as part of its Imagine Promotion, offers Hebel render (I will explain this in a separate post) or Colorbond roofing at no additional charge. We are keen on Hebel, so decided to accept roof tiles that comes as standard. Although I like Colourbond, concrete tiles comes with its own set of advantages such as (1) high mass that reduces sound entering through the roofline, (2) strong and dense that ensures roofing tiles are waterproof and long-lasting, and (3) warrantied product and service (Bristle offers a 50 year product warranty and 10 year installation warranty). However, a disadvantage of tiles compared to Colorbond is that the colour coating in tiles is purely decorative and therefore would fade and weather over time, in addition to becoming mossy, and therefore requires cleaning using a high pressure water cleaner and suitable cleaning agent.

My Mrs initially preferred light-coloured tiles, but I managed to demonstrate that darker ones look modern. I love Monier’s Barramundi (which has a blue tinge to its dark grey colour); however, Metricon’s roofing supplier in NSW is Bristle Roofing. Last week, we visited Bristle Roofing Design Centre at Albion Park Rail and looked at various tiles.

There are three ranges of tiles that Metricon offers as standard: Traditional (which was a no no for my Mrs), Designer (only Browns and Creams) and Classic. Amongst the dark toned Classic range of tiles, I like Charcoal Grey, but it is a Category 4 tile (meaning we would have to pay a higher price). My Mrs and I decided to stick with the standard tiles, which meant we had to choose Luna Eclipse (too dark for our liking – it was almost Black) or Coal. Both my Mrs and I was OK with Coal, although we would have loved it if it came with a blue tinge and a striated ‘shake’ finish; however, Coal neither had a Blue tinge to it nor was available in ‘shake’ finish. So, for now, it is Bristle Classic Coal with a Yeoman (flat) profile, featuring a plain ‘Shingle’ finish – see pictures below. 

We also plan to include roof sarking under tiles (not standard with Metricon) for its benefits: weather protection, dust protection, increased energy efficiency, bushfire protection and reducing the need for artificial heating and cooling.

Bristle Coal

Bristle Coal Tiles
Picture taken at the Design Centre (the one on the left is Coal)

Same source as above; however the Coal coloured seems to have a Blue tinge

(I need to visit a display house with Coal roof and check out myself)

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