According to CSR Monier Wunderlich and PGH Bricks and Pavers, geography influences material selection and colour choice of brick exterior facades, including roof and wall cladding.
In suburbs with period homes of the “Art Deco” and “Federation” eras, traditional red or dry press bricks and earthy terracotta roofs are popular while in coastal regions, lighter construction materials are more commonly used.
The process of selecting an external colour scheme typically starts with the choice of the wall cladding material. In modern architecture, there is a comprehensive variety of wall cladding products to select from but none as trusted and popular as the sustainable brick, says Product Manager for PGH Bricks & Pavers, Will Caswell.
Mr Caswell comments on the enduring nature of the brick; “Homeowners are again being drawn back to bricks due to the thermal and acoustic benefits of the product. It is hard to find a more enduring product available in such a diverse range of colours that requires almost zero maintenance.”
In terms of colour, the general rule is that the further north you are, the lighter the colourscheme. For example, Queenslanders opt for lighter bricks while in the southern states of NSWand Victoria, darker colours such as the rustic browns and silver greys are selected.
Once walling materials have been selected, roofing facades must be carefully considered. With roofing, it is important to think about the functional performance as well as the design aspects.
Recent roofing trends have seen simple exterior facades with clean lines create a refined look. Tile profiles such as the CSR Monier Horizon recreate this look while maximising the design flexibility of any home.
On a state by state basis, the general rule for roofing is that the further north a home is, the lighter the colour of the roof. In the southern parts of the Eastern Seaboard, darker colours such as Monier’s Sambuca or Barramundi are most popular while in Queensland, its Monier’s Wild Rice.