3 Reasons Not to Replace Concrete Roof Tiles with More of the Same

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Concrete roof tiles were a popular choice on many new homes in the mid-twentieth century. They were quick to make and relatively cheap, both important factors for the post-war housing boom. Nowadays, however, many of those old roof tiles are wearing out leaving homeowners with a tough decision as to whether to replace their concrete tiles with more of the same, or go for something different. Here are just three of the reasons you might want to consider ditching your old concrete tiles and trying something new.



Concrete tiles tend to be pretty heavy, especially the older varieties. This can put a lot of strain on the rest of your building’s structure, especially the foundations. Replacing your roof with a lightweight roofing solution, such as Metrotile, can help your building to become more structurally sound and, by reducing the load on your foundations, may even have a positive effect on issues such as subsidence.

Environmental Impact

One of the main constituent parts of concrete is cement, the production of which has a significant environmental cost. The cement industry produces up to 5% of the world’s overall man-made carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions every year. The carbon footprint of concrete therefore depends on the amount of cement used in the mix and although greener alternatives exist, these are not in widespread use and tend to be very expensive.

By contrast, Metrotile products are made using less polluting processes, use less fuel to transport due to their lighter weight and are 100% recyclable, reducing their lifetime environmental impact considerably.


Although some modern concrete tiles can be quite attractive, older types tend to be less so. They also tend to weather poorly, taking on a badly worn look within a short number of years. Thanks to the state-of-the-art mineral-filled acrylic coating we use, our attractive, hard-wearing tiles will look good for decades, offering a roof you can be proud of for years to come.

If you’re looking for an attractive, lightweight and environmentally friendly roofing solution to replace your concrete roof tiles, contact Metrotile today. Either call us on 01249 658514 or fill out our contact form and one of our team will respond promptly.