Discover the difference with Terracotta Roof Tiles

Discover the difference with Terracotta Roof Tiles

The roof is often a structure’s most commanding visual element, typically representing around 30 - 40% of the visual area of a building’s structure, while also having a huge impact on internal temperatures due its large external surface area.

For this reason, choice of roofing material is a major consideration in any new build or renovation and builders, architects and home buyers should ensure the products they use offer both aesthetic and functional benefits in the operation of the building.
Terracotta roof tiles have long been acknowledged as one of the most effective building products on the market for housing construction. As a solid, heavyweight material, terracotta tiles have high thermal mass and help achieve optimum energy efficiency, reducing the impact of external temperature variations on the temperature of internal living areas.

Michael Monro, Marketing Manager at Bristile Roofing said, “When outside temperatures are fluctuating, the thermal mass of tiles reduces inside temperature by absorbing thermal energy and releasing it later when the surrounding atmosphere is cooler. This reduces reliance on heating and cooling, providing year round comfort and savings.”

Testing of similarly coloured roofing products has also shown that terracotta roof tiles can reflect more heat away from the home, resulting in lower cooling requirements when compared with other commonly used roofing materials.
The same thermal mass that contributes to their sustainability also makes roof tiles excellent sound insulators, reducing the intrusion of external noises into internal living areas. Roof tiles can lower noise by 30 decibels, which is more than twice the noise reduction achieved by other roofing materials.

Terracotta roof tiles also create less carbon emissions during manufacture and offer the prospect of recycling and reuse at the end of their product life.

Mr Monro added, “Tiles can be reused simply by moving them from one house to another without expelling any further energy in re-manufacture of the product. The ability to reuse a product lengthens its lifespan and ensures the energy used in its manufacture is spread over a longer time period. Many building materials cannot be reused and some alternatives require the material to be melted down and reformed through an energy intensive high firing process.”

Furthermore, terracotta tiles are highly resistant to corrosion, rust, UV, as well as the ongoing effects of weather, resulting in colours that will remain stable and deliver the same high aesthetic standards for years to come, even in Australia’s harsh coastal environments.

When it comes to longevity, terracotta tiles roof tiles outperform other leading roofing materials, offering unprecedented durability as demonstrated by their use on some of the world’s ancient marvels. As such, all roofs installed by Bristile Roofing are offered with a 10 Year Total Roof Warranty that covers not just the integrity of the tiles but the entire roof installation and all accessory products used.
Roof tiles are also a popular choice with architects and building designers as they blend easily with existing buildings, while offering endless design capabilities and intricate detailing.

Mr Monro added, “Terracotta roof tiles are available in a huge array of colours and profiles and unlike other man-made building materials, they are available in both single and multiple colours, which allows consumers to create very specific looks for their projects that help differentiate them from other properties.”