Pros & Cons of metal roofs vs. shingle vs. spanish tile

Christian Otvos
1/15/2006
Hello, I am doing a report on the pros and cons of three different types of roofing materials for a convenience store: standing seam metal roof versus shingle roof versus spanish tile. Looking for any information on pros and cons not related to cost.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/16/2006
You are comparing three very different products ... different looks, different weights, different life expectancies. What specific points are you trying to compare? A lot of times for a commercial building, aesthetics mean a great deal -- metal offers great color choice and you can also get metal roofs that look like tile, shingles, slate, shake, etc. Tile generally cannot be used well on a steep pitch mansard if that is what the building will have. Also, you must deal with the weight of the tile. All three products generally have a minimum pitch of about 3:12 though there are metal systems which can be used at lower pitches.
David Stickle
1/16/2006
Metal Roofs are also a money saver in the long run. Most insurance companies offer up to a 10% discount for people/business with metal roofs.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
1/16/2006
Thanks David. Insurance discounts, if available, will vary from company to company and from state to state.
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