If you’re in the market for a new roof in Adelaide, you know it’s not an investment you want to take lightly. After all, a roof is one of the first things people will notice about your home, and it plays a major role not just in how your house stands out, but also in terms of safety, durability and protection from the elements. There are many factors to consider, including materials, reinforcement elements and most importantly, making sure your installer is qualified.

When it comes to materials, a qualified Adelaide roofing contractor will be able to advise you on what material is most suitable for your home. There’s a good chance they will recommend one of two of the most common materials: steel or tile. Steel roofing comes in several different options, including treated zinc-aluminum (Colorbond is one better-known example) and untreated zinc-aluminum. The advantage of steel roofing is the flexibility of options which are ideal for harsher weather conditions. Steel is a good option for durability, but we recommend you get a warranty of at least 25 years to ensure your investment is worthwhile. At Roof & Render SA, our work is backed by a 10 year workmanship warranty and a 36 year Bluescope steel warranty.

Tile roofing is another common roofing material, and offers a good combination of durability and aesthetic appeal. They typically come in terracotta, concrete or slate. Terracotta options are popular because they come in a variety of finishes and are frost-resistant. Furthermore, they are also non-combustible, making them a great choice for areas that prone to bush fire. However, they are heavy. Concrete tiles are even more durable than steel, and should last for at least 50 years. Slate is one of the most long-lasting materials you can find, and can last for over a century if installed properly. It’s a perfect option if you want your roof to really stand out, as it will not fade, crack or discolour over time.

Other important measures to consider is if your roofing project will include sarking, a reinforced foil material that is laid underneath the actual roofing surface. It’s a good option for homeowners who want to ensure no water seeps into their home, and it also provides insulation from heat, cold and sound. If sarking isn’t the best option for you, it’s also possible to install insulation after your roofing is complete. Ask your roofing professional on what the best option for you is.

If you’re wondering how much you should budget for your roofing project, the first thing to consider is the area or overall size of your roof. You can physically measure the perimeter yourself, or take a look at your house plan if handy. With a square metre figure, a roofing expert will be able to give you a quote. Typically this will range from $80 to $110 depending on where you live. Usually, this includes removal of your existing roof as well as installation of all the new elements, including materials, battens, materials, sarking, et cetera. If your roof is particularly steep or is hard to access, you can expect to pay more. The most expensive material is generally Colorbond, followed by terracotta and concrete tiles. Although the initial outlay may be more, it’s well worth it as Colorbond steel is famously low maintenance.

Apart from materials, reinforcement, and your overall budget, it’s critical to make sure the professional you hired is not only qualified, but in some cases they need to be licensed (depending on where you live). At Roof & Render SA, we check all the boxes and have done so for 97 years.

You can find more about the licensing requirements for roofers in your area by checking out www.licensedtrades.com.au. It’s also advisable to check with your local council or government body to know what the regulations and requirements are in your area before starting your roofing project. In some cases, councils will only allow materials in certain colours. A qualified, professional roofer should also be able to advise you on the local requirements before embarking on your project.