When building a new home, there are many questions and tough choices. One of them is choosing the right roofing material. What better – tile or metal tile?
Many people decide to choose a roofing material only for aesthetic reasons. And given the variety of types available on the market, in fact aesthetic considerations should be the last criterion when choosing. It is worth considering price, warranty period, conditions required to accept a possible complaint, protection against moisture, mold, moss, and resistance to possible dents and scratches. So let’s check – a tile or a metal sheet?
Tiles can be bought in DIY stores – both ceramic (that is fired from clay) and cement ones. Both types are very durable – ceramic tiles last 100 years, cement ones about 80 (depends on water to cement ratio in the mix)
Although they are made of brittle and breakable materials, on the roof they form a hard and durable covering. They do not bend under the weight of snow. Ceramic and cement tiles have small thermal expansion, and additionally particular elements of the roofing can move between each other – metal roof tiles do not give this possibility, because they are fixed rigidly. Admittedly, roof tiles are more expensive than tile by up to 10 PLN per m2, but the best testimony to their durability are historic buildings, in which the tile has withstood many decades with only minor defects
Sheet tiles, as the name suggests, are similar in shape to roof tiles, but are made of sheet metal. Their durability is estimated at 50 years, but the warranty period is usually about 15 years. The problem is that when considering any complaint, the conditions of transport, sheet cutting, etc. are important. – This problem does not exist with ceramic and cement tiles
On the market you can also buy roof tiles with sprinkles, which contain fungicides. It protects the covering from moss, mildew and fungi
It is worth remembering that the tile reacts very well to temperature changes. Proper installation is extremely important. So it is worth choosing a roofer recommended, who will do the work so that in 10 years time you will not have to repeat it
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