The Pro's and Con's of Lightweight Roofing - Britmet Lightweight Roofing Blog

If you’re currently thinking about replacing your roof or building a new one, you may be considering venturing into the world of lightweight roofing. Metal roof tiles have had a sudden increase in popularity in recent years with many styles now available and suitable for both commercial properties and residential projects. This is due to the advancing technology and constant advancement in engineering that has significantly improved the look and durability of metal tiles.


Metal roof tiles are lightweight which is perfect for both contractors and property owners. For contractors, it means efficient manoeuvrability and speedy installation times. For property owners, jobs are completed quickly and potentially economically effective as they’re easier to install. Less deliveries of roof tiles are likely to be needed, lowering transportation costs and carbon emissions too.

Life expectancy

Another opportunity that comes with choosing metal roof tiles is the long lifespan. Typically, a metal roof that has been installed properly, can last for three times longer than traditional materials as well as lower maintenance costs. When considering the pros and cons of using a metal roof, durability is an important factor to keep in mind. The complex infrastructure of our metal tile design is able to withstand the environmental elements well, including harsh storms, snow, heatwaves etc.

Environmentally friendly

Metal roofs are considered as an eco-friendly choice because they can be made from recycled materials and can be recycled at their end of life. With the rise of keeping the environment in mind, many consumers buying decisions are being impacted and they are looking to purchase items that will not harm the environment and will reduce their household carbon footprint. Our range of roof tiles are the perfect solution for anyone who wishes to be more sustainable.

Roof pitch options

The pros and cons of a metal roof can often depend on specific details of the project that is taking place. For example, for those searching for a low pitch roof, a metal roof will be an ideal solution as Britmet’s range of lightweight roof tiles can reach pitches as low as 5˚. Most traditional tiles can only be used on pitches more than 20˚ due to fear of placing too much weight on the roof. The reasons that customers look for a low pitch roof can vary, for homeowners, it will usually be a requirement when building a single-storey extension. Or replacing an existing roof, such as a conservatory roof.

The Cons of a metal roof:


Denting may be a concern to those who are thinking about a metal roof due to the preconceptions of older designs. In the past, denting occurred in many metal roofs but now with new innovative ideas and designs, our metal roof tiles are manufactured in a way that lowers the risk of this.

Dents really should not be a concern as quality, modern tiles such as Britmet Lightweight Roofing tiles are made from galvanised steel to provide substantial protection under pressure and foot traffic. Moreover, we provide the option of manufacturing our tiles to a 0.9mm gauge for our customers that are concerned about anti-vandal properties.


Metal roof tiles are not necessarily the cheapest tile type that you can choose, especially when traditional materials cost less per tile. However, we do not advise cutting corners when it comes to a roofing as a roof is there to protect people below and obtain long lasting durability.

By choosing a lightweight metal roof, you will make savings as they’re easier to install, cheaper to transport and also will last longer. In the long run, they are the most cost-effective choice when compared to traditional roofing materials.

Britmet are raising the standards in lightweight roofing

Britmet are the largest UK manufacturer of lightweight roofing tiles with a plethora of benefits for choosing us for every project. Give us a call today on 01295250998 or contact us via our web estimate request form.

Date Posted: 3rd September 2020

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