Metal Roof Or Tile Roof?
The roof is one of the most important architectural elements of any home. The roofing material you choose is the first line of defence against the elements and the harsh Australian climate, and also protects the interior of your home.
When choosing a new roof for your home, you will probably have to decide between two of the most popular roofing materials: traditional tiles or metal roofing.
The roof of your house serves as solid armour against the elements.
It shields you from the sun's scorching heat and heavy rains. In terms of comfort, the roofing material you choose makes a tremendous difference.
You certainly want your family to be in a secure place where they are not in danger.
“A house is like a man's castle,” as the classic expression goes, regardless of architectural type.
A home is not just a structure. It's your private space. It's where your family starts realising their aspirations.
Weighing your options: Metal or tile roofing
Choosing a roof for your home, whether metal or tile, is really a personal decision. However, when deciding which material is best, you can't ignore important factors. These factors include your location, the climatic conditions in your area, and your budget. Fortunately, there are many different types of roofing materials available today.
Metal and tile are the two most common roofing materials in Australia. To better understand these two roofing materials, consider the following.
Both metal and concrete roof tiles offer advantages in terms of energy efficiency. However, concrete tile does more to control interior temperatures, thus reducing energy consumption.
Design and style
Both tile and metal roofs have evolved in terms of design and appearance. However, metal roofs have the advantage in this area, as they are a better match for any architectural style. Design choices can also impact a property's aesthetics and resale value.
Durability and resistance
A concrete tile roof has been proven to outperform other roofing products in terms of durability and resilience. It is durable for up to 50 years (if properly cared for), compared to 30 to 45 years of metal roofs. Concrete roof tiles can withstand the harshest elements. However, environmental conditions do affect metal roofs. Among other things, metal roofs tend to rust when exposed to salt and temperature fluctuations. Metal roofs are also more susceptible to denting and cracking when weight is applied to them than concrete tiles.
As for maintenance, the colour of metal roofs usually fades after a few years. Metal roofs can also be difficult and expensive to repair. This is because the entire metal covering may need to be removed. On the other hand, with concrete roof tiles, you can always find a set that matches the colour of the tile you are replacing.
In terms of cost, installing metal roofing requires a high level of skill and technical expertise. As a result, installation prices are typically greater.
Does roofing make a difference for solar panels?
Although both roofing materials are suitable for solar cells, tiles absorb heat and radiate it when the temperature drops. Metals let heat through and heat the space in the ceiling faster but also radiate it out faster.
Solar panels are most efficient at particular temperatures, and bricks would keep the panels warm longer. Thus the more prolonged heat radiation could affect the overall performance of the panels.
What's best for bushfire-prone areas?
The biggest problem in most bushfires has been glue strikes.
Tiles do not provide a complete seal, so metal roofs were often preferred in brushfire-prone areas.
Tiles offer better protection against direct heat from the outside and prevent the wood inside from catching fire.
Does colour matter?
A darker roof colour absorbs more heat, whether it's metal or tile.
Darker roofs may be cosmetically pleasing, but they increase a building's insulation and cooling costs.
So if you want to replace your roof, search for a solution that fits your home's location, is appealing enough to match your style, and offers the best value.
A house isn't just about having a roof over your head in today's ever-changing environment.
You also think about the longevity, durability and performance of building materials. Furthermore, you must ensure that your roof can resist the most severe weather. (Granted, sometimes aesthetic value outweighs other factors).
Make a note of the materials' benefits and drawbacks before choosing the type and style of roof that best suits your property.
Need more roofing advice?
Always ask the expert! Contact a roofing specialist at AWS Roofing today.
AWS Roofing Central Coast is a family-owned and operated roofing company based on the Central Coast of NSW,
Australia, that excels in professionalism and excellent work at an affordable price.