A METAL ROOF
This covers zincalume, galvanised steel and colorbond. Following are a few thoughts:
- In general a metal roof is noisier as you can hear the rain (which I like)
- They are fairly light so they don’t put as much load on the structure.
- With modern screw fittings they can be extremely resistant to very high winds and hail.
- Might get dented but will still be weatherproof in extreme hailstorms.
- Less likely to leak.
- Can be laid at lower pitch Which means the roof isn’t as high.
- They are capable of lasting over a 100 years with minimal rusting.
- Available in zinc finish or a wide range of colorbond colours. Zinc finish will be best for reflecting heat, followed by lighter colorbond colours.
- Can be more expensive than tiles.
- Fitting solar panels will be cheaper and easier on a steel roof.
One drawback is that you will need an external TV aerial and mobile phone coverage may be worse than under a tiled roof.
Can be clay, terracotta or concrete. Their characteristics are:
- Concrete has lower initial cost although some clay tiles and terracotta tiles can be very expensive.
- Provide better insulation both heat and noise.
- Need to be individually screwed down in high wind areas.
- Wide range of colours.
- Can add character especially as they age.
I have previously had a steel roof but now have tiles.
If building again I would probably go for metal.
Do you like the sound of rain on the roof?
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