Bolt: Aussie prof installed steel roof instead of slate to protect home from warming-induced giant hailstones

Andrew Bolt writes:

IN 2007 Professor Ross Garnaut was so terrified of global warming he ordered a steel roof for his Melbourne home.

“Australia will experience variable, but dramatic changes in climate with increasing storms,” he explained to the City of Yarra council.

“Severe and more frequent hailstorms will be a feature of this change.”

That’s why he had to be excused from the heritage overlay requiring slate roofs.

How could mere slate save him from the giant hailstones of man-made warming?

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9 thoughts on “Bolt: Aussie prof installed steel roof instead of slate to protect home from warming-induced giant hailstones”

  1. Yes, but slate tiles require more support due to their weight. Steel is mostly self supporting, so you don’t need a lot of joints and such, giving large open areas in the attic. The built-in radiant barrier is really a large plus. A spray-on interior coating can reduce noise levels if you really need it.

  2. Steel roofs cost about twice as much, but last 2 – 3 x as long, and they do weather hail storms better. This prof was just reading the literature the install company gave him.

    Steel roofs are getting more popular in the USA as well.

  3. Maybe the tin roof was meant to serve the same purpose as his tin-foil hat… block the transmission of messages from the enviro-wackos. What the heck, let him do it! LOL

  4. They have higher end asphalt shingles that also can handle hailstorms. You pay about 50% more for the product.

    But steal roofs are actually getting popular for other reasons. 1 they have a 75 year lifespan vs only 20 for asphalt (with a 30 year shingle) 2 they are a radiant barrier, so you can save some money on your heating bill as well. 3: they do hold up a bit better in strong winds and hailstorms. Also they come in many shapes and colors and can mimic asphalt or wood shingle, or be solid like on old cathedrals.

    He may have made a good choice on the roof, but decided to stick to the rest of us with an inane comment.

  5. How would herr professor even notice the pitter patter of hail stones on his head. It’s already full of rocks.

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