How to Decide Between a Metal and Tile Roofing System

As a commercial builder, you need to ask yourself what kind of roofing system will serve your building best. Both metal and tile roofs are popular structures for commercial properties. We’ll help you weigh the pros and cons of each and decide on the best one. Let’s compare the weight, energy efficiency, design and structure of these two roofing systems.

Design

You’ll find endless options when it comes to tile roofs for commercial properties. Tile roofs allow for unlimited design options. Big barrel tiles can be used on commercial spaces to give the building some character. Tiles come in a wide range of colors that can beautifully blend into any kind of aesthetic. If there is a need to change the color scheme of the commercial building, tiles are a great option.

Metal roofs can have limitations when it comes to the design. Today’s metal roofing systems have been designed to mimic wood shakes, slate and shingles. The color selection in metal roofs is often not as diverse as what you’ll find in tiles.

Longevity and resistance

Roof tiles can add an extra level of security in commercial buildings. When properly installed, the tiles are able to withstand strong winds, scorching heat and snow. Metal roofs can last for up to 45 years.

The major drawback with metal roofs is that their surface may begin to deteriorate due to exposure to moisture, salt and other harsh weather. For instance, the commercial roofing may not withstand a hail storm as it is likely to be dented and scratched. Metal also expands and contracts; this leaves the roof without an air-tight seal meaning that moisture can easily penetrate.

Maintenance

When choosing between metal and tile for your commercial roof, compare the maintenance demands. Metal roofs need adequate maintenance because if they are damaged by rust, the entire sheet needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. However, tiles come in different shades and colors so in case of damage, you simply remove the piece and replace it with one that matches the existing tiles.

Energy efficiency

Both metal and tile roofs can be designed to preserve energy. Before installing a metal or tile roofing system in your commercial building, try to consider how the heating and cooling costs will be impacted by its reflectance level. You can save money by installing a metal roof since it’ll help to reflect heat from the sun; this reduces the time spent cooling the interior of a commercial building.

Weight

When choosing commercial roofing systems, the weight is a special consideration. Lightweight roofing materials are not just easy to install but also don’t need any structural support. A good example of a lightweight roofing material is metal. Unlike tiles, which are very heavy and may require additional support, metal roofs can be placed on an existing roof.

Tile roofing systems are generally thicker than tiles. When the material is thick, the roof can quickly absorb or release heat so it doesn’t affect the interior spaces.

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