Sydney homeowners Lucy and Will Morgan decided to re-roof their 1920s brick cottage using modern terracotta tiles from Monier Roofing.

Replacing existing roofs is being seen as a sensible investment by many homeowners who are making the switch to more modern alternatives to help increase the value of their homes.

There’s no doubt that making the right roofing choice could be a distinct advantage in a tough real estate market.

Stewart Bunn of First National Real Estate explains that it’s all about creating the right image for your house. He observes that first impressions very much dictate a prospective buyer’s decision to even bother to come and inspect the house; with most property searches being carried out online, the appearance of the house will influence decision-making.

Bunn also says that a well-maintained roof adds to the perception the home is in good condition; conversely, old or damaged roofs can turn off prospective buyers because the damage could mean large, unknown expenses.

Quoting recent UK statistics, Bunn says a new roof can provide a 63% return on investment. In comparison, a kitchen will give a 49% return on investment while a bathroom will give 48%.

He adds that homeowners would find it worth their while to invest in a new roof for their home, especially if they are planning to sell.

This information comes as a relief to Sydney homeowners Lucy and Will Morgan, who recently made the ‘courageous’ decision to re-roof their 1920s brick cottage located on Sydney’s North Shore.

To replace the traditional original terracotta tiles, Lucy chose modern terracotta tiles from Monier’s sleek Nullarbor range in Titan. The result is a modern and contemporary look that still works well with the house’s heritage features. The Morgans spent a year looking for the perfect roof for their home - one that had a smooth modern look to bring the house up to date while not compromising on its heritage character.

The smooth lines of the Nullarbor roof tiles met every one of Lucy’s criteria. The non-fading characteristic was additionally a huge plus since she didn’t want the tile’s colour to change. Extensions are being planned for the Morgan house, and Lucy and Will are happy that the tiles on the new back of the house will match their new roof.