The Benefits Of Metal Roofing Over Clay Tiles

When choosing a roof for your home, you should think not just about how much your roof will cost initially, but how much it will cost over the long run. If you install a durable, long-lasting roofing material, you can eliminate maintenance and replacement costs. While people will tell you that clay tiles are a durable roofing material, in many cases, metal will be the better choice. 


Reportedly, clay tiles can last indefinitely if they are untouched, but they are also very brittle. Hailstones can, in some cases, damage clay tiles. Repairing clay tiles should be a simple matter of swapping out a broken tile for a replacement tile, but simply walking on your roof can also cause tiles to break. Thus, living with clay tiles can be problematic. 

The lifespan of a metal roof depends on the type of metal you get. Galvanized steel can last for up to sixty years, while copper can last for centuries. While galvanized steel will eventually start to corrode, copper develops a patina that will prevent corrosion and thus protect the metal beneath for as long as the patina itself lasts. Metal will also resist extreme weather better than most other roofs. 


If you are choosing a roof for an existing home, you should consider how much weight the structure of your home can handle. Generally, going with a lightweight material will ensure that your roof can handle the load of the roof. Metal is one of the lightest weight materials while clay is one of the heavier materials. Furthermore, metal will shed snow before it can build up enough to compromise your roof. Thus, if you are worried about your roof holding up to heavy loads, metal is the way to go. 

Energy Efficiency

Your roof can also have an important impact on how much you pay to cool your home. Some roofing materials will absorb heat from the sun; this is true of clay tiles that are not treated with a reflective coating. Metal, on the other hand, is naturally reflective and can cut your cooling costs by up to 15%

If you live in a mild climate and like the aesthetics of a clay roof, then it is a good choice for your home. On the other hand, if you want a durable lightweight roof, then metal is the better choice. Furthermore, if you want to save money on your cooling costs, then metal is a better choice than clay.