The roof is a key feature of the exterior of most homes. From a distance, it is generally more prominent than windows and even entranceways so it’s important to get it right. Your roof serves the practical purpose of protecting you from the elements but it can also have a big impact on making your home more energy efficient and can even provide extra living space.

The pitch

The pitch of the roof affects the look of your home and should suit the overall design elements of your house.  Old Queenslanders usually suit a steeper pitch whereas a shallower pitch would work well for a modern brick home.

Roof pitch also has other effects. The lower the pitch of your roof, the more water the roof slope will collect and divert via the guttering. Steel roofs cope well with heavy rains but tiles may not handle heavy deluges as well. The lower end of the slope will carry the largest volume of water and is most vulnerable to leakage.

Some homeowners want to make the loft space habitable – at least as a storage space – and design the angle of the roof accordingly. Some homes feature loft bedrooms which require a very steep pitch to create adequate space. In this case, it is important to ensure this roof design does not look too top-heavy.


Having a lighter coloured roof will cool your home by reflecting the sun’s rays rather than absorbing them. Correctly installed insulation will save on power bills in both summer and winter as it will help to control inside temperatures.

Using a roofing material that is long-lasting is also an important aspect of making a sustainable roof design choice. We install COLORBOND® metal roofs as they have a proven track-record in Australian conditions and they carry an excellent warranty.

Whatever roof design you choose, we’d love to install it for you. Give Paragon Roof & Guttering a call for an obligation-free quotation.