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Replace an old tile roof with metal roof installation

When thinking about roofing for your new build or renovation project, one of the first decisions you’ll likely have to make is the question of material: should you go for traditional tiles or more modern metal roof installation?

Tile and metal roofing are without a doubt the most popular roofing choices in Australia. And they’re both popular for different reasons.

But which one is most suitable for your building project?

Today, we’ll be comparing these two popular roofing materials head-to-head in a number of important areas to help you understand why metal roofing is the superior choice for your commercial or home project.

Round 1: roof weight

When most of us think about roofing, our attention usually heads straight for colour and material.

However, few of us think about weight!

The simple fact is that some houses aren’t strong enough to support a heavy roof. This is important because tile roofs can end up weighing considerably more than other roofing materials.

If you’re constrained by structural limitations, you’ll be pleased to hear that metal roofing is significantly lighter than tiles – tiles can come in at up to 60kg per square metre, compared to metal roofing at a mere 5kg.

Winner: metal roofing

Round 2: cost of tile and metal roofing

On a related note, have you thought about your budget?

To say that building a new home or renovating an old one can be expensive is a massive understatement.

And while you certainly can’t be blamed for wanting the best for your building project, the fact remains that sometimes, you just can’t afford it.

Metal roofing is much quicker to install than tiles, helping to reduce labour costs.

While tiled roofs require your roofer to nail down each tile individually, metal roofing is installed in larger segments by the sheet.

If you need a metal roofing specialist that works efficiently on metal roof replacement or repairs, give Watermaster Roofing a ring.

Winner: metal roofing

Round 3: roofing repairs & durability

Your roof should last for decades, regardless of whether it’s metal or tile, provided its been cared for.

Metal roofing is much more resistant than tiles! Individual tiles can be dislodged during wild weather – it’s a lot harder dislodge or damage an entire metal sheet.

Winner: metal roofing

Round 4: versatility

Metal roofing is simply more versatile than tiles!

Metal sheets can be cut into unique shapes and sizes. It can also be bent and wrapped around curves if required.

Finally, metal roofing can be installed across a wide range of build types. Whether you have a roof with a steep slope or a flat roof, metal roofing is easily adaptable.

Winner: metal roofing

Round 5: Metal roofing maintenance

Very few of us give much thought to our roofs.

Many of us simply assume that their roof won’t need any work done to it at all unless a tree falls over – after all, “if it’s lasted for 50 years without maintenance, it’ll easily last another 50”.

Just like any other part of the house however, your roof requires regular maintenance to keep it healthy.

When it comes to maintenance, metal roofing wins, hands-down.

Unlike tiles, metal roofing is installed in large sheets. That means there are far fewer nooks and crannies for mould and mildew to take hold.

Furthermore, COLORBOND metal roofing is specially formulated with rust-resistant coatings and other innovations that prolong its life in harsh Australian conditions.

Winner: metal roofing

Round 6: insulation

This one’s a tricky one.

On the one hand, tiles offer superior heat retention. Thanks to their thickness, heat can take longer to dissipate in tiles.

Contrary to popular belief however, modern metal roofing does NOT make a space hotter during summer. COLORBOND metal roofing is actually specially treated to reflect heat from your home.

With modern roof sarking and insulation, the difference between metal and tile roofing is marginal at best.

Winner: draw

Round 7: Aesthetics

We’re a bit biased, but in our opinion, metal roofs cut a much cleaner image.

Then again, there are those who argue in favour of the classical aesthetic that tiles offer.

Winner: your call – you decide!

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Call Melbourne’s metal roof installation experts

Whether you’re building a new home or giving an old one a complete facelift, roofing is a consideration you can’t afford to overlook.

If you have any questions regarding metal roof installation or repairs, and why it’s an ideal choice for your building project, get in touch with Watermaster Roofing!

As one of Melbourne’s best roofing specialists, we can provide answers to all your metal roofing questions… not to mention, look after all your installation, repairs and guttering needs, too!

Call us on 1300 576 075 or get in touch with us here for answers to all your metal roofing questions.

2023-11-17T02:17:53+00:00 April 26th, 2018|Metal roofing|

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