Why Colorbond Steel Roofing is better than Tiled

When choosing a roofing material for your property, be it commercial or residential, you will find there to be many options available. While this can seem somewhat overwhelming, choosing the right roofing material is essential to your budget and the long-term value.

Two of the most common options available are Colorbond® steel and tile. While both types of roofing material will certainly keep out the weather, there are a few factors that might make one option a better choice over the other.

Colorbond Steel

First, let’s take a quick look at both choices. Colorbond® steel roofing is a type of corrugated metal roofing featuring a bonded paint finish. This type of roofing was actually first developed in Chicago and later made its way to Australia. Eventually, it was developed a bit further and has become a popular choice due to its considerable resistance to corrosion and availability in a variety of colours. Compared to a traditional galvanized roof, which has a lifetime of about 20 years, a Colorbond® roof offers at least a 50-year lifespan.

Roofing Tiles

Tiles are yet another option for your roof. Terra cotta tiles, in particular, have developed a reputation for their longevity. The major downside to these types of tiles is that they are significantly more expensive than other options, including concrete tiles.

The Comparison

Concrete tiles compare quite well to Colorbond® in terms of keeping out the elements. Used extensively throughout the Melbourne area for nearly a century, concrete tiles are able to hold up well to the test of time.

So, which option is best for your needs? Concrete tiles or Colorbond®? Ultimately, it really depends on your own taste and how much money you are willing to spend.


In terms of style, the matter is actually fairly subjective and comes down to the style that you prefer the most. If you are searching for a modern look, Colorbond® offers the benefit of sleek, clean lines.


You should also consider the matter of noise. Regardless of how much insulation is applied, when it rains, you will hear it on a Colorbond® steel roof. If you find the sound of rain on a metal roof to be soothing, this may not be a problem. On the other hand, if the sound is annoying, a tile roof is a much quieter option.


Considering the droughts experienced in the local area over the last few years, the subject of water collection is one that simply cannot be ignored when choosing a roofing material. With no doubts, Colorbond® wins out over a tile roof for the ability to harvest the most water possible. This is simply because tiles tend to absorb more water and also retain more dirt that will make its way into your water tank.


If your home is situated near an area prone to bushfires, you should also consider location regulations that may mean a Colorbond® roof is a better option or protection against embers.


Finally, consider the matter of cost. Concrete tiles are the least expensive option, coming in at about 20 percent less than a Colorbond® steel roof. If you are working on a tight budget, a concrete tile roof may be a better option.


Ultimately, it will be up to you to look at all of the factors involved and determine which roofing option is the best fit for your style preferences, local needs, and budget.

Thanks for reading,
Russell Steel
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