Metal Roofing vs. Tile Roofing: Which is Right for You?

Metal Roofing vs. Tile Roofing: Which is the Best for Your Home?

Metal roofs and tile roofs are environmentally friendly, long-lasting, and will help keep your home cool under the hot Austin sun. Check out our side-by-side comparison below to help you decide which is best for your home. 


Metal roofs are made of zinc, steel, copper, or aluminum. These materials are at least 25% recycled, and the entire roof can be fully recycled at the end of its usable life. A metal roof is lightweight and can sometimes be installed over an existing roof. 

Tiles are formed from slate, fired clay, or concrete; most are made without chemicals or hazardous materials. Tiles are heavy, so your home needs to meet specific structural standards.  

Roofing Style

Metal roofs come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Metal shingles, specifically, can be painted or cut to resemble asphalt shingles, wood, or slate. Tiles are mostly confined to earth tones such as reds and browns. Other colors like blue, green, black, or white are available for tiles, but they are more expensive. 

Both metal and tile roofs are well suited for Austin’s southern climate and style. They are limited to certain structures, though, as a metal roof needs at least 5 degrees of slope, and a tile roof requires a minimum of 20 degrees. 

Longevity & Cost

The average cost of installing a metal roof ranges from $7-15 per square foot while installing a tile roof will cost between $13-25 per square foot. A metal roof can last 40 – 70 years, while a tile roof will last closer to 100 years. Both styles are highly resistant to rotting, burning, and cracking. 

Green roofs require extensive planning, but once established, they will provide stormwater control, heat island reduction, and natural shade. They are endlessly customizable and can be a uniquely beautiful addition to your home. 

No Matter Which Material You Choose, Rhino Roofers is Ready to Help

When you’re ready to install your next metal or tile roof in Austin or the surrounding area, call Rhino Roofers! We have decades of experience installing both metal and tile roofs.