What should you base your decision on when choosing your new roof material?

Both metal and tile roofs are available in a range of colours and styles, so aesthetics alone are rarely the decision maker when it comes to choosing your new roof material. Both materials are popular and there are pros and cons of each option. Here are a few things to consider when making the choice for your new roof: Tile roofing materials Pros:
  • When raining, tiles are quieter than metal roofs
  • These can be a better option if you are in a corrosive location e.g. by the ocean
  • Roof renovations can be simpler with a tiled roof such as adding skylights.
  • Tiles are more prone to cracks, and in turn leaks than metal roofs (although with correct maintenance this should be minimal if at all)
  • A tiled roof is heavier making installation more trying.
Metal roofing materials: Pros:
  • Metal roofs are generally lower maintenance than their tiled counterparts. They are more resilient and less likely to crack or leak.
  • Metal roofs can lower energy costs as they provide great thermal insulation.
  • They are lighter weight meaning lighter roof framing and less rafters.Cons:
  • It can be noisy when it rains as sound is amplified from the metal roof (this could be a pro if you enjoy the sound of the rain!)
  • It can be hard to add things such as vents, skylights or air conditioning as the metal has to be cut.
  • They can be more expensive than tiled roofs initially but could incur lower maintenance costs.
  • Condensation can be an issue if installation isn’t done correctly.
Whilst there are differences in the roofing options, both make long-term reliable choices. The cost differences are usually not significant enough to make your decision for you so it will often come down to personal choice. A Roof Specialist such as JMZ Roof Restorations will be able to discuss with you the best option for your new roof based on your personal preferences. References: hometips.com/buying-guides/metal-roofing-drawbacks.html planbuild.com.au/colorbond-vs-concrete-tile-roofs-the-pros-and-cons
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