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To truly be considered roofing experts, you need to be able to accommodate all roofing needs. To that end, Southern Cross Roofing works with a variety of roof materials and tiles.

Available Sydney Roofing Materials

When planning for your new roof, It is important to choose roof materials that match the design of your home and also its external fixings. Here are some of the more popular materials that we work with:

Terracotta Tiles

Terracotta, which means baked earth in Italian, has been around for an extremely long time and has proven its sustainability. Noncombustible and available in a number of finishes, these tiles are resistant to fading, cracking and discoloration.

Concrete Roof Tiles

If you are after roof tiles in Sydney that can deal with very harsh weather conditions, then concrete roof tiles are your best bet. These are tiles are highly customisable, making them an option for almost any home owner.

In addition, concrete tiles (generally made up of Portland cement, small portions of hydraulic cements, fly ash and sand) are very sturdy, able to last for as long as 50 years.

Slate tiles

Whilst we love working with terracotta and concrete tiles, Southern Cross Roofing has taken a particular liking to slate. This is our area of specialty. We have travelled to Wales and Spain, visited the quarries where they are harvested and are comfortable to call ourselves the masters in Slate. We have won several awards for our work with the Slate, which you can find in our award winning gallery. Southern Cross Roofing only uses the highest quality slate such as Penrhyn County to ensure that your home stands out above the rest!

Metal roofing

A popular choice for many modern Sydney homes, the biggest advantage of environmentally friendly metal roofing is its positive impact on environmental sustainability. Metal roofing is made from recycled materials containing a blend of zinc, silicon and aluminum.

A staple in Australian communities of yesteryear, metal roofing has enjoyed a remarkable resurgence as going green has become more important in our society.

Metal roofing is usually coated in clear or ceramic coating. In Australia, Colorbond is one of the top metal roofing suppliers. Colorbond roof colors have no limit: various colours of steel available, with various levels of paint gloss finishing.

Synthetic Roofing

These tiles are generally made out of rubber, plastic and polymer materials. They are designed to be strong and easily maintained, and often come with outstanding 50-year warranties.

However, the reality is that most synthetic roofing materials haven’t been tested over time. Make sure to check the legitimacy of the manufacturer, and the details about the warranty.

In general, we advise only buying from suppliers that have a minimum of 10 years on actual houses in Sydney.

Understanding your Roof Material Warranty

First, you can expect a manufacturer’s warranty, which will cover the cost of the roofing material. Second, Southern Cross Roofing also issues its own warranty, which will cover any problems caused by faulty installation.

Note that a warranty is is reliable as the company who issues it. Recent years have seen a proliferation of synthetic roofing materials that have failed prematurely, despite having decades-long warranties.

Whichever company you decide to go with for your roofing materials, make sure that they are a reputable organization with the history and financial resources to stand behind their product.

Are dark or light roofs better for the environment?

When choosing your roofing materials, color is a factor that goes well beyond personal preference. According to the Fifth Estate, a study by Berkeley Lab in California determined that white roofs performed better than dark roofs both economically and environmentally. The report suggested that dark roofs should not be used in warmer climates, in order to cut down on energy costs while deterring the formation of an urban heat island effect.

However, in Sydney, a great majority of supplier sales come from dark roofing materials. If you want to make an environmentally-friendly choice, choosing lighter roofing materials seems a smart way to reduce energy consumption costs while keeping your home cool.

However, based on our experience here at Southern Cross Roofing, dark colours do indeed attract more heat. However, the difference (compared to the heat generated by light-colored tiles) is minimal.

To cover all possibilities with dark materials, simple modifications like insulation, ventilation and sarking (flexible insulation installed underneath the battens of the roof) can perform just as energy efficiently as light colored roofs.

Let’s talk about Sydney Roofing Materials

If you are still unsure about which roof product is for you, then please give us a call. Truly passionate about roofing supplies in Sydney, we are happy to provide assistance in the decision making process. We can supply you with sample tiles & colour charts when considering which tile to use.
On top of that, we also offer free quotes so there is no reason not to call us! We are the roofing company of choice due to our ability to provide amazing service in a variety of roofing materials.

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