Metal vs tile

Reliability starts at the top!

The main function of a roof is to protect your biggest and most important investment, your home. A house is not a home without the appropriate roofing installation. Essentially, your roof helps protect your from the elements: rain, snow,sleet,wind, etc. This is why choosing the perfect crown jewel for your home and environment is important. The type of roofing you choose will ultimately determine how well the outside elements are diverted.

Now the big question is…what kind of roofing is best for your family? Factors that dictatewhat kind of roof is best includes, durability, percent of protection, cost and energy efficiency, and climate. Two popular kinds of roofings are Metal and Tile. But how will you know which one is right for your home? Let’s get to the bottom…or should I say the top of this matter.

Metal Roofing

Metal Roofing has begun to attract many Texas homeowners. Many metal roofs are customarily made of copper, steel or aluminum. If installed properly, this type of roofing should last as long as 20 to 50 years. Metal roofing is a highly dependable and strong material, yet very lightweight compared to other roofing commodities. Most range from 50 to 150 pound per square. It’s great for enduring high winds, keeping out water, and even great for snow, but that’s the least of our worries. The metal material is resistant to high heat, fire, insects, rot and mold.

Considering that these roofs are noncombustible, referring to the performance of the material, they are typically fire-resistant. The metal also reflects heat from the sun, keeping the interior of your home cool during the midday Texas meltdown. This means you save energy and ultimately save money.

Because of the quality and durability of metal roofing, the cost for this material is about $150 to $600 per square (100 square feet). Being that metal roofing allows you to save energy and time on roofing repairs, you basically save the difference of traditional roofing damages.

Metal Roofing Flaws

Although metal roofing is great for sealing out water, it does not seal out the sounds of nature. The rain falling upon the roof can create a very loud and vigorous tapping sound. A massive thunder storm accompanied by thunder, hail and rain can seem noisier under the roof than actually being outside. The nose can be reduced by applying sound-deadening insulation and solid plywood sheathing, but of course this is a costly addition to the roofing installation.

You should also take into account that painted metal roofs can chip, fade, peel and even scratch more easily than traditional roofing finishes. The installation process should be done in a delicate fashion to better preserve the look and color of the materials.

Yes, metal roofs are great at resisting heat and fire incidents, but that’s not ideal for an indoor or in house fire. If a fire outbreak was to occur, it is highly possible that the fire department will have to cut through your roof in order to detain the fire. This job can be very challenging when your home is covered in metal roofing materials.

Tile Roofing

Tile roofing has a wonderful history of performance, durability, and longevity. Its material naturally ventilates, repels precipitation, and functions well in high heat. Most tile roofings are popular in Southwestern America. Tile is quickly being the crown of new and re-roofing products for homes due its low maintenance and durability.

Clay and concrete tiles remain the preferred roofing method for tile homeowners. It has an expected life span of 50 to 100 years. As it happens, many European countries have had clay roofing tiles that have remain beautiful and effective for centuries. On average, tile roofs can range from $700 to $800 per square installed, although they can range from $400 to $1,000 per square installed.

Tile Roofing Flaws

As a result of the weight from the tile, they range from 580 to almost 1,100 pound per square; your roof may need reinforcement to help support its weight. Most homes today are built strong enough to withhold the weight of the tiles.

The concrete tile overlay will last you at least 50 years, but the underlayment will need to be replaced about every 8 to 20 years. This is because of possible leakage and tile weakness, that could result into them breaking. A damaged roof, is like having no roof at all!

“The sky’s the limit if you have a roof over your head”

-Sol Hurok