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Is Colorbond Roofing Better Than Concrete Tiles?

Is Colorbond Roofing Better Than Concrete Tiles?

Colorbond and concrete tile roofing are both popular choices for Australian homes. There’s a wide range of benefits to both, and in many cases, the final decision comes down to personal taste.

If you are looking at both options here are some things to consider.

Concrete Tiles


  • Concrete tiles are durable and have a long life expectancy especially when well cared for
  • They perform well in coastal areas
  • Tiles have a classic traditional look that holds aesthetic appeal
  • Tiles handle damage differently to metal roofing and will crack rather than dent. A cracked tile can be isolated and easily replaced, while denting from hail may require a whole sheet to be replaced 


  • Tiles are non-toxic so you can collect rainwater as grey water
  • Tiles offer fire resistance
  • Concrete tiles are known for their sound proofing quality. While Colorbond can have a layer of soundproofing added, tiles are ultimately more effective from the outset if noise is a concern
  • They offer impressive thermal performance. This is especially true when combined with sarking insulation and a light roof colour



Colorbond steel roofing is durable, reliable, energy efficient and contemporary. Metal roofing such as Colorbond is a popular choice in modern house design as its lightweight constitution means it requires less structural support. This saves on the costs and complications of engineering and building complex support structures. It also allows for open plan spaces which are not interrupted by columns.


Colorbond has a modern look, offering design flexibility with the option to mix and match colours and create contrasts. Colorbond colours can also be used to enhance and complement existing roofing. The Colorbond colour palette is designed to suit the Australian climate, so whether your home is coastal, hinterland or urban, you can create the look you desire.


Colorbond offers high levels of safety, with five layers of protection.

  1. Colorbond roofing begins with the steel base which is produced in strict adherence with Australian Manufacturing Standards
  2. Resistance to corrosion is built by laying a metallic coating
  3. A pre-treatment layer follows this to encourage the adhesion of further coatings
  4. Primer is baked on to consolidate the layers so far
  5. Exterior grade paint is baked on as a topcoat to provide final colour in a chip and flake resistant covering.

This protective design makes it fire resistant, as well as termite, mildew and rot resistant.


  • It is 100% recyclable making it one of the most environmentally sustainable roofing options on the market. Its lightweight makeup also means less expensive transport costs and energy demands.
  • Speed and ease of installation make it a great option for replacing damaged roofing or a simple, reliable roofing option for new homes.
  • Built using Thermatech technology, it reflects radiant heat to help you save on cooling costs.
  •  Colorbond can be used in a range of roof styles and it doesn’t require a high pitch roof. Minimal roof pitch means less possibility of leaking.

So, Which Roof Should You Choose?

Both roofs offer durability, thermal protection, aesthetic appeal, and fire resistance. Colorbond may be more expensive in the beginning but many feel the investment is worth it in the end. If you are still undecided, talk to One Stop Roofing for services and advice. Find out more about what roofing options we can offer you and allow us to help with this big decision. Contact One Stop Roofing today.