Not happy: Richard Martin with the tiles he says are defective.
Not happy: Richard Martin with the tiles he says are defective. Bruce Thomas

Richard offers roof warning

RICHARD Martin says coming home knowing what’s on his roof is not a happy experience.

The Bonville home owner says although his roof does not leak, his tiles are developing pits in the surface which grow larger and deeper over time.

He said painting the roof had not halted the pitting in the tiles, installed on his new roof about 1994 and manufactured in the now-closed Monier factory at Toormina.

Mr Martin said one section of his roof tiles had been replaced two years after installation, when the company had told him organic matter had got into the tile mix and caused holes to develop.

Now he is concerned the problem is affecting his entire roof and is worried many other people’s roofs may be affected also, as the local factory supplied many Coffs Coast builders before closing down about 2006.

“I think people with Monier tile roofs from the Toormina factory should have them checked by an independent tradesman,” Mr Martin said.

He said he had been told verbally by CSR Monier that tiles from his roof had been tested and found to be hard and a report had been written for him but he had never received the report.

A spokesperson for building products company CSR said yesterday the company would be sending correspondence to Mr Martin.



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