Terracotta actually means ‘baked earth’, with a long history dating back millennia, Terracotta roof tiles can last on a roof for centuries. While there are many reasons to choose Monier’s Terracotta roof tiles, read on to understand some of the major benefits Terracotta can bring to your home and life.
Terracotta are one of nature’s earliest building materials – and they continue to stay in style. There is an innate, historical beauty to Terracotta roof tiles, they come with a rustic charm that has won over homeowners for hundreds of years.
The long history of Terracotta is scattered across rooftops in Europe (particularly the Mediterranean), where people have been providing a strong good looking roof for their families for centuries. In China, the famous terracotta warriors have lasted for more than a thousand years.
Monier has three different profiles available in its Terracotta range – Marseille, Nouveau and Urban Shingle.
Marseille is all about creating a timeless look for your home, with a classic French-inspired terracotta roof profile. It has an extensive colour palette available.
Nouveau has a contemporary profile with distinctive ridges. Popular with modern new builds, it is a versatile design and available in eight different colours.
Urban Shingle is the epitome of contemporary styling, delivering a flat and seamless roof tile. Featuring all the premium qualities of Terracotta, including a modern selection of colours, Urban Shingle defies tradition. With a unique rolled nose, this tile is ideally suited to the Hamptons and Mid-Century Modern home-designs.
There are five reasons to consider Terracotta for your roof:
- Natural materials
Monier Terracotta roof tiles are crafted by Australians, made from naturally occurring clays from the Australian landscape. Terracotta uses ancient methods in its production that have been tried and tested for centuries. Water running off your roof into rainwater tanks is clean and safe to drink.
- Long-lasting colour
The colour of Monier’s Terracotta tiles never fades as it is baked right through the tiles, it stands the test of time under the harsh Australian sun. Monier’s Terracotta tiles are guaranteed to retain their colour for a minimum of 50 years. All our Terracotta tile profiles are available in a variety of colours, from the rich reds and oranges to contemporary shades such as dark grey, and even metallics.
- Australian made
Every Monier Terracotta tile has been shaped, moulded, sourced and made in Vermont, Victoria. And because they are made locally, wait times for Monier tiles are vastly reduced – you won’t need to wait weeks for them to be shipped from overseas. With less distance to travel, breakages in the tiles are rare, which result in more efficiency for everyone along the supply chain.
- Natural insulation
Terracotta maintains a consistent temperature in your home, keeping your home cooler in summer and warmer in winter, creating a more controlled environment. Combined with sarking, the thermal properties and natural materials of Terracotta enhance breathability, creating a healthier home with less condensation and mould.
- 50-year guarantee
Terracotta is known for its longevity – Monier guarantees their product for 50 years and most tiles will last decades longer. Terracotta roof tiles, once fired, are inert bodies, so no lead, cadmium or other heavy metals are used in the ceramic glazes. Terracotta tiles are low maintenance, so it is easy for their good looks to stand the test of time