Both metal roofing and tiles are popular options for residential accommodation across the country. Common questions from homeowners relate to which type of roofing material is “best” for their property. With metal and tile having different benefits, we thought it was a good time to take a look at both choices and give you the information you need to decide which one is going to be right for your particular needs.
Longevity is always a priority
Tiles may be made of clay, concrete, stone or synthetic materials. Longevity varies depending on variables such as the roof’s location, the tile material, the quality of the tile, and the skill of the roofer. As a general rule, a tiled roof will last longer than a metal one: metal roofs on average last around 45 years, while tiled roofs last 60 years or more.
Tiled roofs require regular inspection, with any broken, lose or cracked tiles needing to be fixed promptly. Metal roofs also need scheduled inspections, as metal may deteriorate rapidly if exposed to water (especially acid rain or salt water).
Modern roofing technology means that tiles come in a wide range of colours and styles. Synthetic tiles can be created which look almost identical to more expensive slate or clay, but have a more modest price tag. Although metal comes in different colours, it lacks the aesthetic versatility of a tiled roof.
Recent advances in technology mean that tiles, particularly some of the modern concrete or synthetic options, provide a sound, long-lasting, weatherproof roof for a surprisingly affordable cost. In contrast, metal roofing is nearly always a more expensive choice.
Other factors to consider when deciding on which material is going to be most suitable include: the level of insulation, the ease of installation, and the load-bearing capacity of the underlying structure. Although tiles tend to be a better choice for most properties, it’s wise to seek specialist advice in order to work out which material is going to be best for your specific roofing project.