What are the Benefits of Lightweight Metal Roofing

If you’re looking for alternatives to traditional roofing materials that offer versatile and economical advantages, lightweight metal roof tiles may provide the perfect solution for your project.

Metal roof tiles are made from a variety of metals including steel, aluminium and zinc. The tiles are painted or covered in a natural stone finish to minimise noise and reflective light and to create the appearance of a traditional roof tile.

Metal roof tiles offer an alternative to traditional roofing materials and can be used across a multitude of applications, including pitched to flat conversions, residential and commercial roofs, new build and renovations. Here are some of the key benefits of metal roof tiles which show how they can provide a superior alternative to traditional roofing materials.

Faster installation

Metal tiles are large format tiles, typically they will be 16 x 16 inches minimum, this means they require fewer fixings making the tiles faster to install than traditional small format alternatives.

Safer to install

As the tiles are large format, fewer fixings are needed to complete the roof, this means fewer trips up and down the roof to load out and lay the tiles. (Pallets are raised up by crane/forklift), this reduces the risk of injury on site.

Stronger than alternative materials

Metal tiles are both durable and strong, with many providing guarantees of up to 40 years. They will not break during transportation and are typically created as interlocking tiles, providing maximum wind resistance and difficulty to remove through vandalism.

Lighter… much lighter

Metal roof tiles are made from a variety of lightweight metals such as aluminium and steel, making them approximately 8 times lighter than traditional clay or concrete alternatives. This means there is no strain on the roof structure, allowing lightweight truss construction.

Low maintenance

Maintaining a metal roof is easy, often referred to as maintenance-free metal roofs require little to zero up-keep over the lifetime of the roof.

Pitched to flat conversions

Metal roof tiles are extremely versatile and can be used on low roof pitches and on vertical facias, making them the perfect choice for pitched to flat conversions.

Busting the myths around metal roof tiles

Are metal roofs noisy? Despite what you may think, metal roof tiles are not noisier than traditional alternatives. It is a common misconception that metal roofs are noisy when it rains, this is a myth and in fact, metal roofs can be just as quiet as traditional alternatives, as many of the tiles are coated with natural stone to minimise any noise and for aesthetic appeal.

Will they make properties colder? Property owners may be concerned that a metal roof will make a building colder. This is not true, so long as correct insulation and vapour barriers are used a metal roof will not absorb heat.

BMI has been manufacturing lightweight metal tiles for the last 40 years. The BMI AeroDek metal range is a roofing solution built for the future, using our decades of experience, with beautiful aesthetics and strong performance.

The interlocking galvanised steel tiles are made with a multi-layered protective coating. The resulting finish is lightweight, strong, sustainable and easy to install and maintain.

For more information about the AeroDek range of lightweight metal tiles please click here, or for further information or to book a CPD please contact CPD@bmigroup.com.

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