Innovative building products manufacturer Trac Group Holdings is helping to pioneer low pitch roofing solutions for the Australian and global housing markets. To meet the growing trend for low pitch roofing the company’s patented Tractile roof tiles are designed to be installed at minimum of 10 degrees for a standard installation. Trac Group Holding Managing Director Jason Perkins says the company has also recently completed a test project where Tractile products had been successfully installed at a beachfront home at a 5 degree pitch, shown in featured image.
The test project has provided invaluable information for the company. “We learnt a lot about throughout the process and I am particularly pleased that we were able to deliver a 5 degree pitch roof using integrated roofing tiles and still get the results that our client wanted,’’ Mr Perkins said. “The test has been very positive for us because our products were initially designed for roofs that have a pitch of 10 degrees or more.”
The Tractile Eclipse range of composite roof tiles is designed for residential and non- residential construction including new builds and renovations. They were developed with design, sustainability, low-pitch roofing and the ability to withstand extreme weather events in mind.
Trac Group Holdings has spent $3 million over the past eight years researching, developing, testing and marketing its range of products. “We have developed a world-beating technology product and we are now working to secure relationships with distribution partners throughout the world,” said Mr Perkins. “We now manufacture and distribute in Australia and Malaysia and we have immediate plans to expand into the Middle East, South-East Asia, North America, China, and Europe.”
Pitched roofing refers to angles greater than 5 degrees to 60 degrees. The global trend towards a reduction in pitch on roofs is being driven by a number of factors. The most important driver is energy efficiency, which is promoted on different levels, from national government directives to local initiatives. Decreasing the pitch reduces the surface area of the roof and the building as a whole, thereby reducing heat loss. As a result, less energy (i.e., heating or cooling) is required to optimize the indoor climate.
The second driver is the height restrictions imposed by regional building codes and zoning laws. In particular this applies in many historical city centres and areas designated for low-rise residential construction. Additional drivers for low pitch roofing are the increasing demand for residential floor space and the rising residential real estate prices around the world.
Given these factors, an increasing number of roofs are becoming inhabited spaces in the form of attic studios or mansard apartments, where low pitch roofs offer more living space at a fraction of the total roof cost. The benchmark for low pitch roofs is set at 10 degrees. The 10-degree pitch is considered to offer the advantages of the low pitch roof without compromising its rain-tightness and keeping its cost in an economically reasonable range.