Metal or Tile Roof?


Today’s roofs are constructed from a diverse array of materials. Two such types of materials are metal and tile. Whether to go with a metal or tile roof is a question that homeowners the world over may grapple with and it’s a very valid question. Both types offer distinct advantages, and depending on a number of factors such as climate and budget one of these materials may be better or worse for your home. So let’s consider the advantages of metal and tile types so you can choose the type that is most appropriate for you.

Metal Roofs

Metal roofing materials have advanced considerably in the past few decades. Early metal roofs were constructed from corrugated tin and offered little in the way of protection and insulation; however, today’s metal types are one of the fastest growing roofing options for homeowners. One of the main reasons for their increasing popularity is the cost. A low price point makes metal roofing materials an excellent value, but the materials also offer a range of advantages.

  1. Unparalleled selection of colours.
  2. Easily adaptable to any home design.
  3. Reflective sun coatings for better insulation.
  4. Resistance to hail and impact.
  5. Easy maintenance and repair.

Most importantly, most metal roofing materials come with 25 year warranties as well as up to 12 year warranties against flaking and chipping. Supply and installation costs can vary significantly, so contact your roofing professional for more specific details regarding the cost of metal roofs.

Tile Roofs

There are two basic types of tile roofs that are used for homes today: terracotta and cement. While terracotta tiles tend to be quite expensive, they also offer certain aesthetic advantages compared to other roofing materials. However, cement tiles have come a long way and the design features of these roofing materials are impressive. The main difference between these types of tiles is that cement tiles tend to be a better option for homes in coastal or cooler climate regions.

Some of the main advantages of tile roofs are

  1. Exceptional thermal and sound insulation.
  2. Weather resistance warranties up to 50 years.
  3. Classic aesthetic that cannot be achieved with sheet roofing systems.

The cost of a tile roof will vary depending on the type of tile, but you can expect tile roofs to be considerably more expensive than metal roofs.

Regardless of the type of roof you prefer, you should be sure to contact a number of roofing professionals to get quotes on metal or tile roof installation. Make sure to get at least 3 quotes and to provide all the relevant details to the roofer to ensure an accurate quote.


Source by Alex Pupkin