A creative curved roof design on two townhouses in Melbourne features
unglazed terracotta shingle tiles from Boral Roofing .
Located in the prestigious east Melbourne suburb of Canterbury, the
townhouses were designed and built by architect Phillip Mannerheim and master
builder Brian Lee. The highlight of the design, which was a finalist in the
Roof Tile Excellence category of the 2014 Think Brick Australia awards, is a
refined curved roof finished in Boral unglazed terracotta shingle tiles.
Architect Phillip Mannerheim explained that the curved roof using the
flat shingle was aesthetically appealing and cost-efficient. A major challenge during
the project was to create a design that met neighbourhood and council approval.
Both the architect and builder were confident Boral terracotta shingles would
work on the curved design.
Given a very short timeframe for completion, they were able to achieve
the skill and precision required for installation, and the results met their
expectations. According to Mannerheim, the cost savings were very pleasing while
the sale price was a positive reflection of the design.
Builder Brian Lee agreed, explaining that the shingle roof tiles
provided the look of a slate roof at less than half the cost; the curved roof
was achieved by using straight timbers; the mansard roof trusses were made with
a double pitch of 30° and 50°; and the curve was created by installing an
infill chord between the two pitches.
He added that the Boral terracotta shingles were specified on style,
function and price factors, and the use of these roof tiles enabled the project
to be completed on time and on budget.
Boral terracotta shingle roof tiles offer an ideal roofing solution for
those seeking design flexibility and lasting colour.
Key features include: crafted from prepared natural clays kiln-fired to
temperatures of 1100°C for exceptional strength; vitrification process creating
resistance to harsh UV exposure allowing long-term colour retention; choice of colours
to offset the tiles’ natural earthy composition; low maintenance, durable
roofing; and 50-year warranty.