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New prospects for Metrotile

Metrotile Europe as the supplier of their premium metal roof tiles through the local partner Metrotile SA (MSA), has decided to increase their exposure in the Southern African market and since May 2014 has taken a more active role in the expansion of their brand locally. Metrotile Europe’s active involvement and capital injection into the local operation will provide the push needed to take the next step for the brand to become a household name in the SA steel roof tile market.

A warehouse was setup in Brakpan to service the outlying areas and provide a distribution hub for the rest of SA and neighbouring countries. These new developments in the organisation promise to be the next springboard for their range of unique and eco-friendly roofing products in to the SA market. Successful all over Europe and in many African countries, Metrotile (Europe) has now committed to using Metrotile SA as their Southern African flagship to replicate their international success.

The innovative European manufacturer provides affordable, lightweight stone-coated roof systems in highly protective AZ185/Z300 corrosion-resistant steel, ideal also for coastal applications. This premium steel roofing system goes beyond the performance of traditional roofing materials, while convincingly maintaining the look of the traditional roof tile.

This premium roof system is ideal for use on new projects and re-roofs, specifically for thatch and old “zink” roofs, creating an effective weather barrier, removing the high maintenance requirements and shielding the property from fire and hail. This can also save owners of thatched properties around 30% on their insurance premiums. Because they are far lighter than traditional roofing, they don’t require the same heavy (and expensive) roof structure and being recyclable they are in tune with current sustainability trends.

Metrotile is conscious of the environment and with an average lifespan of more than 30 years this sustainable roofing system requires little maintenance and is recyclable. The carbon footprint left is also smaller because they weigh on average only 6kg/sqm, and much less transport is needed than for traditional roofing of the same coverage.

Further contributing to a green future, Metrotile leads the way in energy-saving roofing with its Metrotile Lightpower photovoltaic solar tile and proprietary ventilation systems. “Lightpower” generates 60Wp per tile and because it is integrated into the roof tile, it is more secure than retrofitted solar panels and does not spoil the aesthetics of the roof.  Despite their wide range of more than 10 profiles, MSA is focusing on certain niche sections of the market and in addition to the already successful Woodshake (thatch), we’ll see much more of their new Viksen profile, the stalwart Roman Tuscan tile and their unique metal Shingles.

Contact Patrick Nkolisa at +27 82 786 4300, +27 11 743 3693/4 or