From natural stone benchtops to firm grey carpet, buyers are inundated with design and material options when building a home.
But unlike the endless and often overwhelming choices to be made when creating a dream kitchen or bathroom, choosing a home’s roof is an appealingly simple process.
“Western Australians typically have two choices when it comes to roofing their home,” Dale Alcock Design and Drafting Manager John Care said.
“Tiles made from either clay or concrete, or tin in the form of either Colorbond or Zincalume.”
Though the overarching selection is minimalist, Mr Care said each choice came with a range of profiles to choose from, including colour and texture.
Extremely popular with West Aussies is Colorbond, a steel product that boasts a 22-colour range across an environment-inspired palette, including basalt, dune, mangrove, terrain and ironstone tones.
“Colorbond is by far the most popular roofing material at the moment,” Mr Care said. “It comes in a variety of colours and profiles to suit a range of different home styles.
“It’s easy to make a selection to complement the look and feel of your home.”
With sustainability and energy efficiency a key focus for many Western Australian homebuyers, solar panels are a popular addition to roofs in Perth.
According to the State Government, one in two households are expected to feature solar panels by 2030, and the state is currently investing in measures to improve how households use the energy they generate.
Mr Care said buyers looking to install solar panels should also consider roofing.
“If you’re looking to add solar panels, you’ll need to think about the size of the roof surface area available and the direction it faces,” he said.
“A northern orientation is ideal, with an area big enough to accommodate the number of solar panels you want to install.”
Aside from panel installation, Mr Care said there were a handful of other homebuilding elements buyers should consider when deciding on a roof for a home.
While choosing colour and material that would best complement a home’s exterior was flagged as important, Mr Care also said buyers should engage their builder to discuss some of the more technical features too.
“Things to take into account when deciding on your roofing material include not only the overall style of your new home and its elevation, but also the shape of the roof,” Mr Care said.
“This can vary from almost flat, to a low-pitched skillion roof or a steeply pitched gable.
“There is a minimum degree of roof pitch to think about when working with roof tiles, so a tin roof is often the preferred option for flat or low-pitched roofs.”
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