In the dynamic and ever-evolving world of roofing options, metal roof specialists have emerged as pioneers in challenging conventional norms. 

Gone are the days of basic rooflines and limited roofing options that are repeated on every home in the neighbourhood. Thanks to the rise in metal roofing products, homeowners now have more choices and can embrace a more unique look for their roof.

Only familiar with clay tile roofs and are in the process of building a home or seeking to replace your existing roof? It is highly worthwhile comparing this option with available metal roofing systems as an alternative.  

In this article, we’ll explore why metal roofing is taking the lead as a modern, sustainable, and versatile roofing solution in Queensland. 

Metal Roofing – Beyond The Ordinary

As metal roof specialists, we have witnessed the perception of different roofing materials and their popularity shift significantly in the past few years. 

Proponents of this change, we are reshaping the landscape of the roofing industry with metal roofing emerging as the clear winner. 

So why should you choose metal roofing over available alternatives? 


Ideal for Australia’s harsh conditions, it can withstand high winds, monsoonal downpours, extreme heat and UV exposure, surprising cold snaps and more with ease. 

Able to expand and contract in line with the outdoor temperature, a metal roof will not crack, peel, or fret (degrade into powder) as a tile roof can. 


Typically made of galvanized steel that has been treated with a baked-on corrosion inhibitor and sealed with a tough painted finish, metal roofing is exceedingly tough. 

A metal roof can survive falling tree branches, errant cricket balls and even hail much more successfully than other types of materials used for roofing. 


Metal roofing options have a life expectancy of 70-plus years. While some tile roofs may offer similar longevity at 50 years plus, this is only achieved through consistent maintenance.

Tile roofs are prone to cracking and therefore much more inclined to leak. Over their lifetime they need ongoing upkeep to remain effective. 

When it comes to asphalt shingle roofs, you can only expect around 15-30 years of use before replacement is necessary. Not often seen in Australia, this roofing material is better suited to cooler climates. 


Dreaming of an architecturally unique home? Opting for different types of roofing materials can help you create a truly individual outcome. 

Able to be cut and curved to suit even the most unusual design elements, it offers a level of versatility and flexibility unmatched by other options. 


In a nation prone to Bushfires, metal roofing is especially recommended for anyone in high-risk zones. All roofing types come with different fire ratings indicating their resistance to fire. 

Metal roofing is designated with a Class A fire rating, which confirms its position as a non-combustible roofing material with the greatest ability to withstand fire. 


As seasoned roofing contractors, we see your roof as so much more than purely utilitarian it can also be used creatively in design or to make a statement. 

Available in a wide range of colours and styles, finding a match for your preferred aesthetic is much easier to do. 

Different types of metals such as copper and tin can also be incorporated for a more outstanding look. 

Prefer an understated look? Match your roof colour to your window frames for a sleek, polished finish with maximum curb appeal. 

Sustainability & Eco-Friendly Aspects

When it comes to the pros and cons of metal roofing, one of the less-known positives is how environmentally friendly and sustainable it is. 

Not only can steel be infinitely recycled for a greener future, but it also promotes better energy efficiency for your home. 

When professionally installed by a metal roofing expert, your metal roof could see you make a saving of up to 40% in your energy costs. 

By reflecting sunlight and heat, your home is kept cooler so you use less power running air conditioning or fans. This makes it ideal for the sunny Queensland climate and anyone seeking to reduce their carbon footprint and energy bills.  

How does this compare to the alternatives? Let’s take a look. 

Asphalt Tiles

Petroleum-based, asphalt roofing tiles are made using raw materials that deplete natural resources. They are also virtually impossible to recycle successfully meaning they end up in landfill.   

In terms of energy efficiency, this type of roofing performs very poorly. They provide minimal insulation while also absorbing and retaining heat making it harder to keep your home cool. 

Concrete & Clay Tiles

Concrete and clay tile roofing scores better on the recycling front as they can be crushed and repurposed. 

Additionally, as they are made primarily using non-toxic, mineral-based materials their manufacturing does not use up limited natural resources.

This type of roofing ranks better than asphalt tiles when it comes to energy efficiency, but is still outperformed by metal. 

Inclined to absorb and retain heat, this thermal performance may be welcome in Winter but is problematic in Summer. 

As a result, you’re likely to use your air conditioner more often and for longer stretches, making this option less energy-efficient overall. 

A Worthwhile Investment

While a metal roof can represent a greater investment than other options, it will continue to perform year after year with little to no maintenance necessary. 

This perfectly highlights its cost-effectiveness and the long-term value it represents. You can avoid expensive and frustrating repairs and yearly maintenance along with reduced energy costs – saving you more over time. 

A preferred type of roof by many homebuyers and investors, metal roofing can also help you achieve a better sale price for an even greater return on your investment. 

Work With Queensland’s Leading Metal Roofing Specialists

If you’re ready to embrace all the benefits that metal roofing has to offer, Icon Metal Roofing is here to help. 

Experts in our field, we can walk you through your options in detail and create a tailored solution that meets your unique needs and preferences. 

Innovative, durable, and environmentally conscious, this roofing solution is the smarter choice for Queensland homeowners. 

Call Icon Metal Roofing today at 07 3186 20593 to learn more or book your obligation-free consultation.