If you are trying to figure out which solution would work best for your roof – metal tiles or shingles – you are in the right place. In this article we give you an honest research so that you can weigh the advantages and drawbacks of both options.
To begin with, let’s look at the brief definitions of these two roofing materials. Both are intended for the installation on a pitched roof with a slope more than 3/12 or 14 degrees.
Our metal tiles are made up of profiled hot Zinc coated steel sheets with approximate measurements of 1.1-1.2 meters (~4’) in width and length 2.3 meters (7’), the thickness of the metal steel sheet is 0.50 mm (26ga). From the outside, the metal tile is covered with a layer of polymers (polyester, pural or plastisol) of different colors (primary colors: grey, red, brown, black, terracotta and a great number of their hues). It looks like a laid natural tile. Main advantages: low weight, durability and reasonable price. Disadvantages: the tendency of the metal to corrosion and there might be considerable waste when working with a complex roof. To avoid rust it is important to use right raw materials. Roof Experts use only world standard steel for outside construction with Zinc amount 275 g/sq.m. or G90.
Shingles are small (approximately 1×0.35 meters in size, 3-5 mm thick) flat bitumen sheets. The basis is fiberglass, which connects 2 layers of oxidized modified bitumen, sometimes with various additives. The customer can choose between a variety of soft tiles of different shapes (rectangle, hexagon, oval, diamond, two-layer shingles), various colors and shades are produced. Main advantages: a large selection of shapes and colors, and suitable for complex roofing. Disadvantages: irresistible to wind, or other heavy weather conditions, requires a solid base, which increases the cost of the roof.
It is not easy to say straightforwardly that one type of roofing is better, and another is worse. They have their pros and cons. To make a fair comparison we focused on several important factors when choosing roofing materials.