Choosing the right roofing material for your home is a crucial decision. Among the options available, roof tiles and metal roof sheets are popular choices.

Each material comes with its own set of advantages and considerations. In this article, we explore the characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks of both to help you make an informed choice for your property.


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Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roof sheets, like Cladco 13/3 Corrugated Roof Sheets, generally have a more moderate initial cost compared to roof tiles. While some high-end metal options can rival the cost of certain tile materials, the average price tends to be lower. Factors influencing cost include types of metal, coatings, and extra features like insulation. Avg cost for steel sheets per m2 = £55 - £300.

Roof Tiles:
Roof tiles, tend to have a higher initial cost compared to metal roof sheets. The price can vary based on the material and style chosen, with some premium tiles being quite expensive per square foot. Avg cost for standard tiles per m2 (60 tiles) = £2,000

Installation Expenses

Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roof sheets are lighter and easier to install, requiring less labour. Their installation process tends to be quicker, leading to lower installation costs compared to roof tiles.

Roof Tiles:
Installing roof tiles can be labour-intensive, which often contributes to higher installation costs. Additionally, the weight of tiles could require structural reinforcements, adding to overall expenses.

Durability and Longevity

Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roof Sheets, like Cladco Box Profile Sheets, are durable and can withstand harsh elements including heavy rain, snow, and high winds. They have a lifespan of 40-70 years, depending on the type of metal used.

Additionally, they are resistant to:

  • Cracking
  • Shrinking
  • Eroding

Meaning they offer excellent longevity with minimal maintenance.

Roof Tiles:
Tiles are popular based on their durability and longevity. Installed and maintained correctly, roof tiles can last 50 years or more.

They are resistant to:

  • Rot
  • Insects
  • Fire

    and some materials like slate are incredibly sturdy, with a lifespan exceeding a century.

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Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roof sheets are very popular due to their modern and sleek appearance and are available in a wide range of finishes and colours. Their smooth surface provides a clean and uniform look that complements modern architecture.

Additionally, most metal roof sheets can be used as external and internal cladding.

Roof Tiles:
Roof tiles offer a timeless and classic appearance. Available in various shapes, sizes, and colours, they allow for customisation to match the architectural style of your home.

Whether it's clay, concrete, or slate tiles, their textured and natural look adds charm and curb appeal to any property.

Installation and Weight Considerations

Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roof sheets are relatively lightweight compared to roof tiles, making them easier and faster to install. They can often be installed over existing roofs, reducing the need for a complete tear-off. Their ease of installation can lead to cost savings in labour.

Roof Tiles:
Installing roof tiles can be labour-intensive due to their individual placement. Yet, their installation complexity varies based on the type of tile chosen.

Energy Efficiency and Insulation

Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roofs are reflective, preventing excessive heat absorption. Some metal roofing systems are designed with extra insulation materials. This enhances energy efficiency and reduces heating and cooling costs.

Roof Tiles:
Tiles provide natural insulation, meaning they keep the home warm and cool in line with weather. Their design allows for airflow between the tiles and the roof deck. This supports ventilation and reduces heat transfer.


Maintenance and Repairs

Metal Roof Sheets:
Metal roofs are low maintenance, often requiring only occasional inspections and cleaning. While durable, dents or scratches can occur, but repairs are generally straightforward.

Roof Tiles:
Tiles generally need minimal maintenance, but periodic inspections are recommended.

This is to ensure any cracked or broken tiles are replaced. They are durable but individual tile damage can occur due to severe weather or impact.


Both roof tiles and metal roof sheets offer distinct advantages.

Roof tiles exude a timeless aesthetic and exceptional longevity. Metal roof sheets shine with their modern appearance, ease of installation, and durability.

The choice between the two depends on factors such as:

  • Architectural preference
  • Budget
  • Climate
  • Personal preference

Consulting with roofing professionals and considering your specific needs will support your decision. Investing in a quality roof will enhance the value and protection of your property for years to come.