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    Using concrete and terracotta roof tiles in bushfire-prone areas

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    Tiled roofs are durable and add that additional element to any residential home. Preferred by home owners and builders alike, roof tiles help reduce the transfer of external noises, provide protection against radiant heat in a bushfire, have high levels of thermal insulation and offer wind resistance.

    The Roofing Tile Association of Australia (RTAA) recently reported that tiled roof systems have been given the all-clear for use in new housing construction in bushfire-prone areas.

    Further to this report, all new roofs constructed using Australian made concrete or terracotta tiles are now fully compliant with the residential building standard AS 3959-2009.

    According to the fire test report, it was found that concrete and terracotta roof tiles that are being installed in high risk bushfire zones are to be:
    • of various profiles in accordance with AS 2049 
    • in varying curved or flat profiles
    • screwed fixed or clip fixed to the tile batten

    As a result of these findings, RTAA developed a guide for builders and roof tilers working with concrete or terracotta tiles in bushfire-prone areas. The guide provides a comprehensive checklist of requirements, material specifications and installation methods to ensure new construction complies with the relevant standards.

    With the help of this guide and following the fire test report, home owners planning to build on allotments in areas that have been assessed as bush fire prone under the new Australian Residential Bushfire Standard areas can now choose a compliant tile roofing system.

    Bristile Roofing offer concrete and terracotta roof tiles in a diverse range of colours and profiles. According to the company, they only use the best quality oxides to ensure long lasting and vibrant colours.

    The concrete roof tile range from Bristile Roofing are:
    • Designer: tiles that capture the visual vibe, available in a stunning collection of colours
    • Traditional: timeless and enduring design available in nine popular tile colours
    • Classic: prestigious, opulent and stylish
    • Heritage: conservative and reliable, capturing the essence of historic Australian house design
    • Prestige: captures the finesse and style of contemporary living with a flat tile profile and a collection of contemporary colours
    The terracotta tiles are formed from blends of natural clays and shales which are kiln fired to lock in the colour and ensure its durability.

    Bristile Roofing's terracotta tile range are:
    • Marseille: classic-style of terracotta tile originating from France
    • Vienna: tiles to complement today's varied architectural styles
    Boral Roofing 's terracotta and concrete roof tiles are non-combustible and can be safely installed in bushfire-prone areas.

    Boral Roofing's terracotta range:
    • have high colour retention
    • retains its appearance with age, maintaining its aesthetic appeal pver time
    • manufactured to last and comes with a 50 year warranty
    • each terracotta tile has a vitrified body that makes it impervious to air and water borne pollutant
    • able to withstand exposure to Australia’s harsh UV light without breaking down
    • salt safe making them suitable for any location including coastal areas and sites with close proximity to breaking surf
    • density helps reduce the external sound such as traffic, aircrafts and trains
    • low maintenance
    • non-toxic making it suitable for the collection of rainwater
    The concrete roof tile range from Boral Roofing are:
    • made to last
    • manufactured from durable concrete
    • built to withstand harsh Australian climate
    • available in a wide range of roof tile colours
    • salt safe making them suitable for any location including coastal areas
    • by using sarking under the tiles, it provides increased insulation and reduces the need for cooling in the home
    • density helps reduce the external sound such as traffic, aircrafts and trains
    • low maintenance
    • non-toxic making it suitable for the collection of rainwater
    Terracotta and concrete roof tiles are still one of Australia's most popular roofing materials, manufactured to withstand Australia's harsh climatic and marine conditions. Both tiles offer more resistance to wind suction than its lightweight counterparts and more cost effective to maintain. A tiled roof has a significantly higher sound reduction than metal sheeting.
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