Are lightweight tiles as effective as normal tiles against the wind?
Whatever type of roofing you get one of the most important questions you’re going to have is how effective it is against the weather. Especially in the UK where harsh wind and rain are commonplace all year round no matter what season it is, you’ll need roof tiles that can stand up to the punishment.
So, the question remains, can lightweight roof tiles do that? Well, the good news is yes, they can! Despite what you may have heard, just because they are lightweight does not mean they’ll have a weaker performance against the elements.
In fact, the opposite is true in many circumstances because lightweight roof tiles are usually stronger than their heavier, traditional counterparts. Let’s compare these lightweight roofing tiles against other types of roofing to see how they measure up.
Comparing roofing tile systems
Metal roof tiles usually win out against other materials such as clay tiles, they look more uniform, they have more variation and to many people they simply look more stylish. But let’s look past the cosmetic differences for now and focus on their strength against the elements.
Clay roofing tiles might seem strong, after all, they are one of the most popular styles of tile. However, when they are compared to our lightweight metal roofing tiles in scientific tests you find the lightweight tiles are very similar if not better performing than the more traditional clay tiles.
While roofing blowing away is certainly rare, it can happen! After all, storms usually feature a wide array of weather and rain and wind often come together which means your roofing will be a cause for concern.
Heavier materials like concrete roofing are also weak to the elements. And despite what you might have heard they are not totally wind resistant either.
They do have a high wind resistance but high winds can still knock them free, especially if they have already been damaged due to rain and hail exposure. And while concrete roofing tiles are strong they are prone to weathering so if you live in an area that sees a lot of harsh weather expect to be carrying out regular tile inspections and replacements.
Why lightweight tiles offer the best solution
Lightweight metal roof tiles may seem weaker at first but as previously stated they stand up in independent test. This means that when you look at everything they really offer the best package, they are more versatile and weather resistant which will help them withstand higher wind speeds. They are also nailed down which gives them extra strength and resistance, so if you’re looking for the best roofing tiles possible look for the lightweight ones.
Metrotile’s lightweight roof tiles are used by contractors and leading conservatory fabricators across the UK. Helping homeowners transform their conservatories into spaces that can be enjoyed and used all year round.
Our tiles can help bring down energy costs due to the improved insulation properties compared to glass or PVC roofs. And with our unique 40 year weatherproof guarantee you can be certain that your roof will withstand the wind and rain always associated with the British weather.
Because our tiles are so light, they can even be placed on existing PVC building frames without causing any potentially damaging stress on the framework you would get with traditional tiles.