Metrotile Lightweight Roofing originated in New Zealand over 40 years ago, demonstrating that you can expect so much more from a product as established and antiquated as the traditional roof tile.
The concept is deceptively simple – press roof tiles from a highly durable, modern material (in this case, the highest quality steel), galvanise with an aluminium, magnesium and zinc (ZAM) compound and cover with a stone-chip coating. The result is a roof tile that, to this day, exceeds the expectations of a traditional modern roof tile by a significant margin.
The Strength of Steel
The use of steel is the masterstroke of Metrotile’s design. By using steel as the base material, it means the profiles can be pressed much thinner than a traditional slate or clay tile and therefore weigh just one seventh of those products. The sheer strength of steel means that a Metrotile roof is far more durable and incredibly secure, whether held up against petty vandalism or the most extreme weather conditions.
You read that correctly, by the way – Metrotile profiles are thinner and lighter, but much stronger than traditional tiles!
State of the Art Production
Steel is fully recyclable and we ensure our profiles are pressed with a minimum of 25% recycled materials, yet the sustainability benefits don’t stop there.
Each of our profiles is pressed at our facility in Tongerun, Belgium that achieved ISO14001 for its state of the art wastewater recycling system. Due to the low-weight factor, we can transport our tiles to site with just one seventh of the transport requirements.
An installed Metrotile roof offers exceptional insulation benefits, helping you keep on top of those ever-rising pesky home energy bills. In recent years, Metrotile has also become the roofing material of choice for conservatory manufacturers and solid roof conversions – thanks to Metrotile’s low weight, the average conservatory can have a fully insulated roof space on it instead of leaking all of your expensive heating into the outside world.
And if you want your roof to work for you? Well, Metrotile is ideal for rainwater harvesting and also offers a fully integrated photovoltaic system that generates energy from sunlight for use within your home.
Incredible Weather Resistance
It’s safe to say that, in the UK, we take our weather for granted. Other continents aren’t so lucky, with annual extreme weather occurrences from hurricanes to intense heat or snow storms being a fact of life.
Metrotile is a global product and was created with these climates in mind, subjected to a series of extreme weather tests ensuring your roof is safe against extreme wind uplift, cyclical freeze/thaw conditions and even desert heat.
Metrotile profiles have also achieved the highest fire rating in the UK – EXT.S.AA – under BS 476-3: 2004.
Metrotile Is More Than a Product
At the turn of the Millennium, Metrotile opened its UK warehouse in Chippenham, Wiltshire and has enjoyed year on year growth ever since as more and more specifiers, contractors, architects and end-users learn of the benefits a Metrotile roof has over traditional roofing materials.
Metrotile has grown to be as much a service as a product in the UK, with our warehouse able to offer a complete rooftop from rafters to tiles, accessories and even Velux windows while our office is able to offer a full specification service and assistance before, during and after installation while offering peace of mind with a 40 Year Weatherproof Guarantee.
We also back up our products and services with BBA certification, LABC Registration and specification services backed by RIBA/NBS including ensuring our products are available for free download on the National BIM Library.