Clay Roof Tiles

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The Spanish-style clay tile is a popular choice in Canberra as well as Europe. It is a popular choice due to its sustainability, durability and natural look.. Clay tiles have naturally long life spans. It is not rare for your clay roof to last in excess of one hundred years! Clay is naturally durable. Without treatment, clay is fireproof and can fend off rot, mould and water damage. A lot of manufacturers also provide extremely long warranty. A 75-year warranty is not uncommon.

Clay tiles are an environmentally-friendly roofing material. They are usually made out of recycled material as it is a naturally raw material. Furthermore, the majority of the product waste can also be recycled. A clay roof will provide your house with increased energy efficiency. It will trap cool air in and reflect off heat therefore reducing your reliance on air conditioning.

As you may know, clay tiles are an extremely old roofing material and was used in Ancient Rome and historic Spain. Manufacturers are replicating the historic shapes and designs of clay tiles. This can add a unique touch to your home. With either historic designs or modern designs, clay tiles will give your home an earthy, homey look.

Similar to metal roofs, the upfront cost of a clay roof is much more than asphalt shingles and other roofing materials however it is still an economic choice as long-run savings are made. They are practically maintenance free and have a long lifespan. It is a one-time investment and you are practically set for life!

If you are to make the decision to put clay tiles on your roof and if your roof has never previously had clay tiles, it is important to choose a contractor that is very knowledgeable and has a wealth of experience installing clay roofs. Not all contractors have experience in this area. Clay tiles are heavy and your home may not be able to support clay tiles without additional structural supports. An experienced roofing contractor would be able to assess and determine whether your house is structurally fit for clay tiles.

Clay Tile Manufacturers

The large shingle manufacturers (such as Iko, CertainTeed and Timberline) do not specialize in manufacturing clay tiles. These companies focus on what they do best: asphalt shingles. As such, you will need to find a smaller manufacturer that specializes in the craft of clay tiles. There are hundreds of small suppliers and manufacturers that make these therefore it is important to choose one that has a reputation for quality.

There are a number of things to look out for and questions you should ask?

  • Are the clay tiles LEED or Energy Star rated? This will help you lower your overall energy cost and can possibly reduce your insurance rates.
  • How durable are their tiles? Have they thoroughly tested them against high winds or harsh elements? Can they withstand at least 120mph gusts of wind? You should ask the manufacturer whether they received any certification.
  • Most importantly, are they resistant to water and fire? Leaks or fires are the last thing you want to deal with
  • How authentic are they? Are the tiles 100% clay or do they contain other by-products?
  • Do they come with a warranty? Most manufacturers offer limited warranties. The question becomes, how limited is the warranty?

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Roofing – Concrete Tiles

They are gaining traction in areas prone to severe weather. Tornadoes, hurricanes and any storm with high winds can cause a lot of damage to houses, even flatten them. In recent years, we’ve experienced a higher occurrence of extreme weather therefore we’ve been trying to find ways to make our roofs stronger than they already are. concrete roof tiles

Concrete tiles are one of the strongest roofing materials. They are long lasting, and coupled with a long warranty makes them an attractive choice. They can take a beating from harsh weather without much damage. Advancements in concrete technology allow manufacturers to build tiles in any traditional roofing design. They can be fitted into all kinds of modern designs in a wide range of colors. It is not uncommon to find concrete roofing tiles shaped like interlocking slate or to resemble fine ceramic.

Concrete roofs can be built as a flat structure or complex with a sloped design. The sloped concrete roof is more expensive but it can be shaped and designed with any finish. Both tiles or shingles can give your home a desired look. Its durability and high customization are two major selling points! In Florida and hurricane-prone countries (Caribbean islands), the flat concrete roof is typical as it is the most durable form of roof.

As we mentioned, concrete tiles are very similar to clay tiles. Low maintenance, energy efficiency, fireproof are all traits they share. Also similar to clay tiles, it is important that if you make the decision of purchasing a concrete roof, you choose a highly experienced contractor. Concrete is also heavy and your home needs to be assessed to determine whether it is structurally fit for this type of roof.

This type of roof is no cheap investment. It’s a decision that will last you a lifetime. For this reason, a concrete roof is still an economical choice. With little maintenance and a long life, a long-term return on the investment is to be made.

Questions to ask yourself before purchasing concrete roof tiles

  • Do the concrete tiles have an energy certification (such as Energy Star rating or LEED rating)? An energy efficient tile will lead to lower overall energy cost in the long run. In addition, you may be able to get a subsidy or government rating for energy efficient tiles!
  • Have the tiles been tested for their durability and resistance? It is important that the tiles have been put through test to determine how resistant they are to high winds, how resistant they are to water, fire as well as algae? Do not purchase tiles that are not resistant to winds of at least 120mph or do not have a Class A fire rating.
  • Of all shingle materials, concrete tiles are subject to the most discoloration. How easy are the tiles to rejuvenate? Can they simply be resealed?
  • Do the concrete roof tiles come with an extended warranty? The majority of manufacturers and suppliers will offer a limited warranty. It varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. You will want to dig deep through the documentation to ensure you understand what it covers.