Metrotile: The Roof Tile Has Evolved

David Padmore MIoR

Metrotile’s Offsite & Modular Projects Manager Dave Padmore has composed this piece about the advantages of a Metrotile Lightweight Roofing system

 A Metrotile metal tile roof is lighter than a concrete or clay tile roof, more durable than an asphalt shingle roof, and easier to handle than long-run corrugated sheets. It is the most reliable and affordable roofing system in the marketplace in a range of design and styles. In term of delivery to the job site, a metal tile roof is the most cost-effective roof for transportation and provides the lowest carbon footprint of any roof on the market.


A Metrotile metal tile roof has the most extensive choice of profiles, styles and colour options. Extensive research and development in the design process ensures every Metrotile product is manufactured in Tongeren, Belgium to the highest quality with exceptional durability and strength. All Metrotile tiles in the UK market from have a BBA certificate and a 40 year warranty

The authentic designed profiles and various colours give you options to match traditional and modern architectural styles. When re-roofing a Metrotile roof lets you improve the look and value of your home in a matter of days.



A Metal tile is known for its long-term durability and longevity by being wind, hail and fire resistant. The tile profiles and roofing accessories are engineered to interlock and overlap to resist wind lifting and keep out the harsh elements. Metrotile’s modern manufacturing techniques enhance this durability giving customers a roofing product that is sure to last a lifetime.


Advancement in durability is from the improvements to paint technology, most notably the move to the new technology provides robust roofing that will cope with the harshest environments and gives the steel roof an even greater lifespan than before.


Metrotile’s textured finish provides added protection by embedding natural stone granules in an acrylic basecoat. A final clear acrylic over-glaze is applied before being oven cured. This extremely durable UV-resistant coating enables Metrotile roofing products to withstand the harshest environments around the world.


Each metal tile is horizontally fixed into battens. This provides integrity to the entire roof and eliminates wind uplift issues that can be affect other roofing materials. A Metrotile roof is engineered for and to withstand Very High Winds in coastal regions of the UK and Ireland and is proven around the world to withstand extreme wind conditions in excess of speeds of 120mph.

A metal tile roof is made from non-combustible materials and the Metrotile steel roof tiles are classified as fire rated. In new construction and in many re-roofing applications the metal roofing system is a non-combustible roof assembly. That means it is the most resistant to fire.

safety is the number one advantage of metal tile roofing.


Metrotile Steel Roof Tiles are an interlocking roof system. The tiles are individually fixed and are less likely to fall off the roof.


A metal tile roof requires less timber framing and less fuel in transportation compared to a traditional concrete/clay tile roof. It is more environmentally friendly, with the lowest carbon footprint of any roof on the market.


The steel in Metrotile Lightweight Roofing tiles is 100% recyclable.

The main material of the Metrotile product is steel, which is recycled with no loss of quality, and actually already contains recycled material to a very high degree.


These benefits have a huge impact on the overall sustainability of the roofing material in the building industry.


A Metal roof is much lighter than traditional concrete or clay tiles and therefore they do not need the structural support that these traditional roofs require. Therefore, the framing can be lighter resulting in easier handling and savings in framing costs.


The metal tiles are easy & quick to install. Our interlocking and modular roofing system are much easier to handle that other roofing materials such as long-run steel roofing and concrete tiles. This allows the roof to be safely and quickly installed in all weather conditions and can result in having scaffolding removed earlier with money well saved.


All our products (tiles and flashings) arrive to site in one delivery of approximately one or two pallets dependent on the size of the roof. This makes a Metrotile roof the most cost-effective roof for transportation and provides the lowest carbon footprint of any roof on the market.

Metrotile offer Europe’s no.1 steel roofing tile which comes with a list of benefits that makes it worth considering for every roof. To find out more about Metrotile’s range of lightweight roofing products, call today on 01249 658 514 or use our contact form for a quick response.