Tiles or tin? What’s the best roof for your house?


Tiles or tin? What’s the best roof for your house?

A person’s home is their castle, and whether you’re renovating or building there are many decisions to be made with regards to materials to be used. Are you contemplating a new roof and considering what style of roof will best suit your home? Tiles or tin? What’s the best roof for your house? With the two most common roofing materials falling into either tiles or tin (corrugated iron or steel), we have weighed up the pros and cons of both.

Metal Vs Concrete tiles: How the two compare

Today, homeowners need to be smarter and make wiser choices regarding their homes. Not only is recycling and living green on many minds but consumers demand the best product at the best price. Some factors to keep in mind include;


Concrete roof tiles have been around for centuries, so there is no doubt they will stand the test of time while creating amazingly diverse looks. Metal, while beautiful in its own right, has a bit more limitations. However; with new innovations and technologies metal roofing now comes in various textures and finishes to offset the traditional flat appearance.


A few things to consider when choosing roofing materials are longevity, resistance and maintenance.


Concrete tile roofs are known to last the life of the structure and provide added protection and security. On the other hand metal roofs have a limited lifespan, generally between 30 – 45 years.


Properly installed concrete tile roofs can withstand the harshest elements, including; rain, high winds, and scorching heat. In most instances metal roofs are prone to the effects of environmental conditions. It is therefore no wonder that in this regard concrete tile roofs outperform most of the other roofing products.


It is a wide held perception that metal roofs are difficult and very expensive to fix as the entire sheet needs to be completely swapped out and replaced with a new one. Contrary to this concrete roof tiles are typically very simple to find and replace. Replacement usually requires finding a piece or set that matches the existing colour of the tile/s to be replaced and swapping them out. Maintenance of roof tiles therefore becomes easier in terms of labour and material costs.


The above mentioned key considerations on how metal roofs compare to concrete roof tiles in design and structure, will enable you to make a more informed decision on what roofing material will work best for your conditions on your next project.

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