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A Guide to Australian Roof Types


Australian roofs face a wide variety of weather conditions, from intense heat to summer storms and salt spray. In this climate, there are different requirements for roof materials, shapes and sizes...

In this blog, we share a quick guide to the most common Australian roof types. 

Having a quality roof will increase the value of your home, improve its overall strength and structure, add to its curb appeal, and make it more enjoyable to live in. Choosing the correct type of roof for your home is essential to protect your property from the elements, water, debris and dirt. 

The perfect roof for your house should be a balance between function and stability, and design or aesthetics. It should be both attractive and protective to give your home maximum value.  

Choosing your Roof

Depending on where you live, the climate and style of your area, there are a few things to think about when choosing your roof materials. These include:

  • The style of your home 
  • Structure and shape of your roof
  • Your budget
  • The expected energy efficiency of your home
  • Australian and state-specific building codes
  • Council requirements in your area

Common Roof Types in Australia:

  • Flat Roof: Flat roofs are the most common option for modern houses. They are easy to build, clean, economical and safe. A flat roof can be made from metal or cement.
  • Skillion Roof: A skillion roof is a flat roof that has a more clear pitch for water to run off. There is usually a single sloping surface. A skillion roof is easier to maintain. 
  • Butterfly Roof: A butterfly roof is two skillion roofs put together with a gutter in the middle for water run off. This option is more expensive to install. 
  • Curved Roof: A curved roof is expensive to install and maintain due to its complexity. The most famous example would be the Sydney Opera House roof. 
  • Gabled or Peaked Roof: A gabled or peaked roof is a classic triangular-shaped roof. Gabled roofs are cost-effective, and easy to install and maintain.
  • Hipped Roof: A hipped roof is made of three or more angled surfaces that slope down from a ridge. This roof is best for coastal or windy areas and provides overall strength and protection. 


Skillion roof

Hipped roof


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