With the summer storm season just around the corner and experts issuing warnings that Sydney’s roofs may be too fragile to cope, homeowners and the insurance industry are looking to an innovative roof tile that will weather any storm and considerably reduce costs caused by hail and storm damage for many years to come.

Barrington Roof Tiles  are a lightweight yet high-strength, fully designed roofing system that combines the beauty of natural slate with all the benefits of modern day technology including weatherproof characteristics such as hail and UV resistance.

Manufactured in Australia for more than 12 years, Barrington Roof Tiles are available in two styles – the Barrington Slate Tile and the Barrington Roof Shingle.

Barrington Roof Tiles are made from Torbex, tested by the CSIRO to the Australian Building Standards AS 4046-1992, and feature interlocking design and moulded water channels to ensure they will never leak or distort when correctly installed.

According to Rick Heron from the Master Roof Tilers and Slaters Association of NSW, Barrington Roof Tiles are durable and guarantees colourfastness.

“Barrington Roof Tiles have been tested to the United States of America standards for hail resistance by RMIT University in Melbourne as there is no Australian standard currently in place,” Rick Heron said.

“The test results confirmed what the manufacturers of Barrington have always known – that in addition to looking fantastic on all styles of homes, from heritage residences to contemporary buildings, the product offers exceptional durability and is an ideal alternative to slate as there is no maintenance involved and also a significantly lower price tag.”

Brian Hughes, Managing Director of Barrington Roof Tiles, said during the storm season most damage to roofs was caused by hail and strong winds, yet with Barrington Roof Tiles both hail and debris such as tree branches bounce straight off, leaving the roof intact.

“Not only can Barrington Roof Tiles assist insurance companies in helping to reduce their claims, which is a real asset to everyone involved, but it is suitable for all types of weather,” Brian Hughes said.

“If anyone is concerned over the durability of their current roof in light of recent warnings and future storms, it’s worth thinking about spending that extra bit to have the security of Barrington now instead of paying for it later.”