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01 Nov 2019 by Metrotile

For an architect who’s passionate about their work, and works hard to create stunning aesthetics, it’s dispiriting to have clients reject designs. Not to mention, it's also time-consuming to go back to the drawing board. 

When it comes to a roof, you’re not considering a look that lasts a single year... the best roof should be functional and aesthetically pleasing for decades. Metrotile offers a wide tile range to suit a building of any architectural style, and enough variety in colour and finish to suit any taste.

In this blog, we’re taking inspiration from the Pantone Color Institute and the Pantone Color of the Year 2019 - Living Coral. Although you can’t redesign a roof every year, understanding and appreciating trends can help you communicate with your clients and build a solid reputation as an architect. 


The Pantone Color of the Year is the result of the year’s work developing colour charts for clients and forecasting consumer trends. These insights help marketing, advertising and product teams to be sure that they’re fresh and current in their colour choices.

The 2019 colour is Living Coral. As the name suggests, this choice is a commentary on the environment and on climate change. This colour represents the beauty of a coral reef, clusters of organisms that are vibrant during life. It’s a reminder that the beauty of the natural world calls for appreciation, but it requires protection from the harm we do. Climate change is destroying the world’s coral reefs at terrifying speed.

To confront that, Living Coral carries undertones of gold, a warm, enlivening colour that provides comfort and encourages us to be light-hearted. It’s a reminder that we are not powerless, but can impact the world in positive ways.

Colours are hugely symbolic and emotive. Each of us is drawn to particular colours and combinations. When you’re working on a design, reduce the change of design rejection and narrow the options by discussing the latest colour trends with your client.


Whatever the trend or design aesthetic, Metrotile has a tile to suit. In this article, we’ll talk about 3 of the 10 options.


For the distinctive elegance of the Mediterranean, choose the Roman or Antica. These tiles have the authentic appearance of the traditional clay tiles so favoured in the Mediterranean, without the weight and cost. Expect a refined appearance in colours reminiscent of the region.

  • The Roman has a distinctive shape with a pronounced profile, making it unique among stone-coated steel tiles. 
  • The Antica textured has an S-tile shape, offering strength and grace together, for a lifetime of elegance.


For a European style that recalls a bygone age, choose the Tudor. Available in an elegant, textured-finish tile, it’s well suited to either traditional or modern homes.

Each of the 10 Metrotile options has a distinctive style and range of colours to choose from, so you can find something to suit you and your client. 


While trends like the Pantone Color of the Year, change regularly, a roof should last for decades. Choose Metrotile for a long-lived roof that’s built from the purest raw ingredients and clever technologies. 

The base steel for the tiles is unusually pure and unique in the world, produced from ironsand from rock breakdown 2.5 million years ago, off the Taranaki coast. New Zealand Steel combines it with Zincalume technology. This gives better durability than galvanized steel, as it combines zinc and aluminium for superior corrosion resistance.

To this, we add natural New Zealand stone granules as the foundation of our colours. From four main stone variants, we create more than 20 roof colours. Formed over millions of years, these granules are used on our textured roofs. They’ll retain their pigment and colouration for centuries.


While you’re not going to design a roof that’ll be out of fashion next year, you can draw inspiration from colour trends. You can also use them to prompt conversations with your clients. If you’d like a quote that you can present to your client, click here.

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METROTILE is manufactured by The Ross Roof Group who has been Involved in the roofing industry since 1942. RRG is am innovative and dynamic manufacturer and supplier of stone-coated steel roofing tiles. Metrotile, established in 1989, has spent the last quarter-century supplying architects, construction firms and homeowners with superiors with superior tiles which is both pleasing to the eye and designed to withstand the elements.The market rewarded our innovative approach, and as a result we have grown to become a major player in the supply of pressed metal roofing tiles around the world. A constant dedication to lifting the industry standard in product design, quality manufacturing and competitiveness has earned us an international reputation for excellence. With our metal roof tiles now installed in over 80 countries and proven in some of the most extreme weather conditions, Metrotile’s products exceed every common benchmark for strength and durability.Metrotile has progressively gained status as a world leader in pressed metal tile roofing. From our ISO 9001 accredited factory and development facilities in Auckland, Metrotile manufactures and distributes products to customers in New Zealand and to markets throughout the world. Every tile we create carries the official seal of approval of the International Standards Organisation.The Metrotile product range comprises ten distinctive pressed steel tile profiles: Bond, Classic, Tudor, Shake, Royal, Roman,Antica, CF Slate, CF Shingle, and CF Shake and caters for all types of construction, from residential to light-commercial and public works. Available in a wide range of colours, Metrotile’s products are lightweight, versatile and easy to install. Composed of a Zincalume protected steel substrate, covered with natural stone granules or an acrylic satin finish, Metrotile’s products are earthquake, fire and freeze/thaw resistant and can withstand hurricane-force winds of up to 190kph. Metrotile is a member of the family-owned and operated Ross Group of Companies, which have been manufacturing and installing roofing products for over 70 years.


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