Choosing the type of roofing tiles to use on your roof can open a can of worms. You want a roofing tile which looks great, is easy to maintain and is long lasting. With roofing vendors all praising their specific tile type, how do you know which one to pick? Let us help.
In New Zealand, there are five main types of roofing tiles available. Each of these tile types have their own pros and cons to using them. There are also a few differences between tiles within each tile type too. They are:
Concrete tiles are a traditional choice. Frequently seen on old State houses, concrete tiles have a long lifespan. They are also very heavy and require additional framing.
Clay roofing tiles are very popular. Often made from local clay, they are an eco-friendly choice to imported roofing tiles. Like concrete tiles, clay tiles also help reduce heat loss, but they are heavier than metal roofing tiles.
Decramastic tiled roofs have given pressed metal tile ones a bad name. Used often in the 1970s to 1980s, a decramastic roof weathers quickly and requires frequent maintenance. This is in comparison with the new technology metal roof tiles of today. Created in panels, these tiles are pressed, coloured and coated to look just like a concrete or clay tile. Many also come with a 50-year warranty. As they are lightweight, no additional bracing or framing is required.
Putting a new roof or re-roofing and existing one is a large expense. Unlike an internal renovation, it’s also not something you will see all the time. However, the choice you make now for your roofing material will be with you for a very long time. As well as the appearance, you need to consider the amount of maintenance it will require, your budget, your existing home and your location.
You can find out more about choosing the best roofing material for your home in our article blog. You can also get a quick guide to the cost of a new roof with our Cost Estimator tool.