Roof Tiles- looking at the different types of roof tiles that you can select from
Posted on Mar 30, 2012 by John Bronson
Below is an interesting article which does a great comparison between different types of roof tiles
The ideal roof tiles would be affordable, require little maintenance and last forever. However, this is not possible, but understanding the pros and cons of the various types of roofing tiles can help a homeowner make an informed decision based on specific needs. Most roofs need repair or replacement every ten years, so it is a good idea to carefully choose roofing materials that can reduce the cost of replacement. In doing so, the homeowner will use less building materials, which means less waste. There are other things to consider as well, such as choosing lighter colours tiles to reduce heat absorption and keep a house cooler to reduce cooling costs.
Clay roof tiles are a good choice for homeowners that own a home with a Spanish Mission, Italian or South Western design. These tiles last a long time and will outlive material on which the roofing sits. They resist rotting, insects and will not burn. The tiles require little maintenance and come in a wide variety of brands, styles, types and colours. There are a couple of disadvantage to these tiles. The will break if walked on and depending on the materials they are made of, can be quite heavy, so they require extra roof support.
Slate roof tiles are sliver of rock and can be quite expensive. This type of roofing materials are most often used on more upscale homes, as it is a natural look. These tiles offer several advantages, such as fire protection, a long life span, low maintenance and are not susceptible to rotting or insects. These to also come in a large variety of colours, but are limited to those found in nature. These tiles can be heavy and require extra roof support. They are also fragile and break when walked on, making cleaning gutters and other tasks a bit difficult.
Concrete roof tile makes a good roofing material. It is now used to make a variety of shingles, including simulated wood shakes, lighter weight tiles and concrete panels. Some of these shingles are coated with enamels, thin metals and plastics. Some even contain recycled materials. These tiles have several advantages including fire protection, long life span, fire, insect and rot resistant. They also require little maintenance. These are more expensive than some other roofing materials and problems are still being worked out concerning curling, breaking and colour changing of the tiles. Choosing between tiles means doing some research to find the best for a specific home.
Reproduced with permission of the author
About the author:
Sammy Johns has been an innovator in the arena of roofing and particularly in regard to concrete roof tile products development and R&D. He is a regular contributor at industry fairs and expos throughout Europe and is a well published commentator on building industry trends
The author has owned roofing contracting businesses for over 20 years- a track record that speaks for itself. He is a devoted husband and father and now grandfather, living in Scotland.