Lightweight Roof Tiles
Lightweight roof tiles are a fantastic option for homeowners looking to tackle a project themselves. These lightweight tiles can be used on virtually any building type, from homes to conservatories or even garden sheds. Thanks to their low weight, th...
Lightweight roof tiles are a fantastic option for homeowners looking to tackle a project themselves. These lightweight tiles can be used on virtually any building type, from homes to conservatories or even garden sheds. Thanks to their low weight, they can even be used on lightweight timber builds. What’s more, fitting lightweight roof tiles is incredibly easy, thanks to their modern design and far lower weight than traditional concrete or slate tiles.
A lightweight roof tile is one which weighs less than 20kg per tile. Thanks to innovative manufacturing techniques, lightweight tiles come in many shapes, colours, and sizes, and can be made from metal, plastic, or synthetic slate. So not only are these tiles quick and easy to work with and install, but you don’t need to compromise on aesthetics either. This makes lightweight roof tiles the perfect choice for even novice DIYers looking to improve their home.
As well as looking great and being simple to fit, lightweight roofing tiles are even better for the environment. As they aren’t as heavy as tiles made from traditional materials, they cause fewer CO2 emissions while in transit, and transporting them is cheaper too. These are also fantastically durable, able to withstand far more extreme weather conditions than traditional clay or concrete roof tiles.
We’re proud to work with top lightweight tile manufacturers such as Britmet, Guardian, and Tapco. These brands have decades of experience in crafting quality roofing materials, meaning you know you’re getting lightweight roofing you can rely on. They’re so confident in fact, that many of them offer a 40-year guarantee on their products.
Benefits of Lightweight Roof Tiles
From visual appeal and durability to easy installation and low upkeep, lightweight roof tiles provide an array of fantastic benefits for your roof space.
- Gorgeous Aesthetics – Available in a wide range of colours, sizes and finishes, lightweight roof tiles can be used to create any aesthetic or style.
- Simple & Safe Installation – With an incredibly lightweight build, these roof tiles are easy to handle, and install.
- Ideal for Homeowners – From simple installation to hassle-free maintenance, lightweight tiles are perfect for busy homeowners.
- Incredibly Long-lasting – Lightweight roof tiles boast an impressive lifespan of 40 years or more.
- Eco-Friendly – Due to their lightweight construction and recycled composition, these tiles generate less CO2 during manufacturing and transport.
- Durable & Weatherproof – Lightweight roof tiles provide all year weatherproof protection against rain, wind, snow, ice and hail.
Where Can These Lightweight Tiles Be Used?
Lightweight roof tiles can be utilised in many different roofing applications due to their lightweight size and easy installation process. These applications include:
- Residential roofing
- Conservatories and orangeries
- Garden outbuildings such as sheds
- Garages and extensions
- Porches or carports
- As a second layer over an existing roof
Have Questions About Our Lightweight Roof Tiles?
If you have any questions about our lightweight tiles range, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our award-winning customer service team. With over 40 years’ experience in all things DIY and roofing, they’ll be more than happy to help. Just give them a call them on 01295 565565, email [email protected], or leave a message in our handy live chat.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that buying roofing materials online can be daunting, which is why we’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions we receive below.
Why Do I Need Lightweight Roof Tiles?
Traditional concrete and slate tiles can weigh as much as 75kg per square meter. Although robust structures can withstand such weight, some timber frames are better suiter for lighter alternatives. This is where lightweight roof tiles are so effective.
Lightweight roof tiles are instead manufactured using metal and plastic materials and weight significantly less at just 10 – 15kg per square meter. This not only allows compatibility on a wider range of buildings, but also makes for far quicker, easier and more cost-effective installation.
With smart modern technology, designers are able to mimic the stylish colours and finishes of natural materials without the impractical weight that they carry.
What is the Life Expectancy of These Roof Tiles?
Lightweight roof tiles are designed to withstand many years of harsh weathering and impact. They utilise innovative techniques, materials and coatings to provide a life expectancy of up to 40+ years in most circumstances. You will even find that most manufacturers are so confident in the longevity of their tiles that they also provide a full manufacturers guarantee for the 40 year lifespan.
Which Lightweight Roof Tile is Best - Metal or Plastic?
Although similar in weight and longevity, metal and plastic lightweight roof tiles do boast a slight few differences that may be the decider on which you choose for your property. Plastic tiles often create a natural slate look whilst metal is available in more extensive range of profiles and finishes. It really depends the look you are going for as to which will be better for you.
In terms of affordability, both are cost-effective, however metal lightweight tiles are often cheaper than the plastic alternative and may be slightly quicker to install due to their larger sizing.
Do I Need a Membrane with These Roof Tiles?
A breathable membrane is often required when fitting both metal and plastic roof tiles. The membrane will aid ventilation, minimise condensation and prevent moisture damage. We do advise that you always refer to the manufacturer’s installation guide to determine which type of membrane will be required for your roof tiles.
What are the Lightest Roof Tiles?
Here at Roofing Megastore, we stock a wide selection of Lightweight Roof Tiles in varying weights and sizes.
If you in search of the lightest within the range, the Britmet - LiteSlate - Lightweight Synthetic Tile may be just what you are looking for. Weighing in at just 15.4kg per square meter, the LiteSlate Synthetic Tiles provide an incredibly lightweight alternative to traditional materials. They are very easy to install with no sorting, pre-drilling or clipping required so are perfect for the DIYer. Better yet, with a life expectancy of 40 years, the Britmet Liteslates will keep your roof structure protected and weatherproof for years to come.