Which roof tiles are the best?
The roof is one of those key architectural features every building needs; it protects our loved ones against the elements, can reduce noise with the right materials, and offers shade in the summer and warmth in the winter. But with so many options for roof tiles available, discovering the best roof tile for your needs can feel a little daunting.
With lots to consider - including aesthetics, longevity and durability in different locations - we've weighed up all the key considerations when choosing roof tiles for your home or project.
What are the most durable roof tiles?
Monier Concrete and Terracotta tiles boast one of the most extraordinary levels of durability among all roofing materials, with an incredible level of resistance against the harsh Australian elements (such as fire, coastal salt spray, and freezing temperatures).
Terracotta tiles also offer advanced colour durability, ensuring your tile's rich depth of colour won't fade, regardless of the extreme UV levels of the Australian climate.
Terracotta roof tiles
The Urban Shingle is the epitome of contemporary styling, delivering a flat and seamless design of premium quality. Featuring superior Terracotta characteristics, including an extensive range of modern colours and a unique rolled nose perfectly suited to Hamptons and Mid-Century home designs.
The Nouveau brings a modern twist to a classic style. With clean lines, the latest in contemporary grey-tone palettes, and metallic finishes, the Nouveau is ideally suited to the sleek, ultra-modern facades of modern Australian homes.
Our french-inspired tile, the Marseille, offers practicality and simplicity for a classically styled roof. Durable, strong, and available in a wide range of grey-toned and natural clay colours, the Marseille offers an enduring look to complete any design.
Concrete roof tiles
'Sophisticated' best describes the Madison. Featuring a centre shadow line that radiates elegance and enhances its aesthetic appeal, the Madison is an unashamedly minimalist, stylish tile.
With its 'hewn stone' finish, Cambridge is the perfect choice to replicate a classic slate look. Its unique, elegant style immaculately complements both contemporary and traditional architecture.
Horizon is the ultimate flat profile flawlessly designed to deliver a streamlined style that integrates seamlessly with contemporary architecture. Available in an extensive range of inspirational colours formulated to enhance the look of any home.
Atura captures the timeless character, authentic charm, and natural beauty of traditional 'hand-split timber shakes'. With a timeless and enduring look, the Atura retains an authentic charm that perfectly complements contemporary and classic Australian homes.
With geometric, defined lines, the Tudor roof tile is the perfect choice for both traditional and modern home designs. Available in 5 breathtaking colours and designed for a variety of roof pitches, the Tudor profile offers an aesthetic style with outstanding performance.
Experience endless versatility with Elabana's perfect combination of traditional aesthetics and exceptional performance. Available in a wide range of colours to suit homes of every style.
Which roof tiles last the longest?
At Monier, we're passionate about building roofs that last a lifetime to protect the people we love for generations to come. We continuously innovate and test our roof tiles to ensure enhanced longevity and durability, so your home remains both beautiful and strong. When choosing a roof tile based on longevity, Concrete and Terracotta tiles are the longest-lasting roof material available.
Our Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles have been tested and proven to last for many decades, which is why we offer a 50-year performance guarantee. Additional to performance, our Terracotta roof tiles also include a 50-year colour warranty; it's the only roofing material on the market to warrant against fading!
Which roofing material is the most cost-effective?
Concrete roof tiles are the most cost-effective roofing material currently on the market; they're timeless, durable and economical, offering unwavering strength under the harshest conditions.
Our extensive range of concrete roof tiles provides superior quality materials in a myriad of shapes and colours. View our range of cost-effective concrete roof tiles today.
Which roof tiles are the easiest to install?
Roof tiles must be installed correctly to ensure your roof is sturdy, weatherproof, durable, built to last and maintains your facade's appearance. Because of this, we recommend roof tiles be installed by professional trade or roofing specialists rather than through DIY installation.
Looking for certified roofing specialists to install roof tiles in your area? We can help you find your local roofing expert.
Which are the most eco-friendly roof tiles?
Choosing eco-friendly roof tiles with minimal environmental impact is increasingly becoming a top priority for homeowners. Monier Terracotta roof tiles are crafted from raw, natural Australian clay, produced entirely in Australia, and are fully recyclable.
Monier Concrete roof tiles are also 100% Australian-made and innovatively designed to achieve an eco-friendly home with superior aesthetic appeal.
Best roof tiles for increasing energy efficiency
An energy-efficient home is environmentally friendly, cheaper to run, and produces a comfortable home environment. Due to their density, Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles significantly improve your home's energy efficiency and provide many thermal benefits over other roofing materials.
Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles help maintain a consistent internal temperature, keeping you cool throughout summer and warm in winter, while lowering your energy consumption for a more energy-efficient home.
Best roof tiles for contemporary style properties
Contemporary styles, and their modern aesthetic of raw materials, cubic forms and prominent facades are well suited to Monier's flat and low-profile roof tiles.
Monier's flat profiles
Ideally suited to contemporary styling through its flat, seamless design and outstanding quality. Available in an extensive range of modern colours.
Featuring a centre shadow line that radiates elegance and sophistication through an unashamedly minimalist design.
Unique and elegant in style, Cambridge immaculately complements contemporary architecture.
This ultimate flat profile is flawlessly designed to deliver a streamlined style that integrates seamlessly with contemporary architecture.
Monier's low profiles
The Atura retains an enduring, authentic charm that perfectly complements contemporary Australian homes.
Best roof tiles for traditional style properties
In Australia, traditional architecture often features attributes from the Victorian era. Homes with ornate features, casement windows, and the all-essential veranda are complemented by Monier's high-profile roof tiles.
Monier's high profiles
The Marseille offers practicality and simplicity for a classically styled, durable roof.
The Nouveau brings a modern twist to a classic style, with a high-profile tile that features clean lines and the latest in contemporary colours and finishes.
Experience endless versatility with Elabana's perfect combination of traditional aesthetics and exceptional performance.
The Tudor features geometric, defined lines, and a high profile, making it the perfect choice for traditional home designs.
Best roof tiles for windy areas
Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles are extremely resistant to severe wind; they're designed and built for all wind exposure conditions, including cyclonic situations. Generally, the heavier the roof material, the more wind resistance it provides. Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles are a heavy roofing material and provide outstanding wind resistance. For this reason, Monier roof tiles are often the material of choice in the harsh Australian climate, where extreme weather conditions (such as heat and heavy winds) are a risk.
Best roof tiles for hot weather
Thermal resistant, impervious to fire, robust and available in a vast range of colours and finishes, Monier Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles are an excellent choice for homeowners looking to beat the heat and withstand the extreme weather conditions of the Australian climate.
Monier Concrete roof tiles strengthen with age; they become more durable over time as they continuously harden under the heat of the sun, embracing the harshest conditions of the Australian climate to produce a roof of unwavering strength.
Equally, our Terracotta range truly embraces all the elements of the Australian climate (including extreme UV levels) to ensure strength, durability and colour that doesn't fade. After all, the word 'terracotta' literally translates to 'baked earth' in Italian, and it's that baking process that gives Terracotta roof tiles their premium benefits.
Not only do Terracotta and Concrete roof tiles ensure your roof remains strong and durable under the heat of the Australian sun, they're also the best roof tiles for hot weather due to their outstanding ability to keep interior temperatures cooler in warmer months.
Best roof tiles for low pitch
Typically, a roof is considered 'low pitch' if it sits at 20° or less. The 'pitch' of a roof can impact the materials and type of roofing system you can install to build the roof structure, with the best roof tiles for low-pitch roofs purposefully manufactured to accommodate low pitches.
At Monier, we have an extensive range of timeless, durable roof tiles expertly crafted to accommodate shallow pitch roofs.
Our minimum pitch requirements for our Terracotta roof tile range include:
Nouveau: our lowest pitch tile, with a minimum of 12°
Marseille: minimum pitch 15°
Urban Shingle: minimum pitch 18°
Our minimum pitch requirements for our Concrete roof tile range include:
Elabana: minimum pitch 15°
Tudor: minimum pitch 15°
Atura: minimum pitch 15°
Horizon: minimum pitch 15°
Cambridge: minimum pitch 15°
Madison: minimum pitch 15°
Where to buy roof tiles
As one of Australia's leading experts in quality roofing, Monier offers an extensive range of stylish, timeless and durable roof tiles to suit contemporary and traditional architecture. Find your local certified roofing specialist today, or contact us to find out how we can help you find the best roof tiles for your home or project.