Our plantation style home is just that – a home that has many features that you’d find on a plantation home from Queensland and other tropical areas of the world. Extended eaves and outdoor living was an important part of the design as well as the ability to open up the house and let the air flow through it, something that becomes very important when the humidity levels rise. One of the options (a relatively dear option) given to us was to upgrade from tiles to Colorbond roofing. For us, this decision was a no brainer…
A common reaction from people when they hear that we’ve decided to user Colorbond roofing is “Won’t it be loud when it rains?” For us, this was a plus – especially for Megan. She loves the sound of the rain on the Colorbond roof. We, by chance, were at the display home while it was raining quite heavily, and it sounded great. It wasn’t loud, but you could definitely hear the comforting sound of rain in the background.
Colorbond roofing is inherently louder than tiling, but the noise is reduced by sarking, an acoustic blanket that is laid below the roofing to reduce the noise and heat transfer of the metal into the roof cavity. In summer, a lightweight insulated roof made from Colorbond steel can assist in minimising the amount of heat radiated into your home at night. That’s because it has a low thermal mass, so it cools down fast once the sun is off it. In winter the same steel roof, properly insulated, helps keep the heat inside. Building Regulations for your area will prescribe the level of insulation you will require.
The choice of colour can also influence thermal performance. While we went with Woodland Gray, lighter colours radiate less heat during summer. Building regulations may allow you to install less insulation if you use lighter colours in warm climates. But with all this aside, Colorbond roofing just completes the plantation style look we’re after. It got a fantastic, minimalist look and has so many advantages over the typical black/gray tiling that’s prominent in Sydney today.
So what about you? Do you like the look of Colorbond roofing?