Tile roofing and tile shingles have traditionally been considered a European or Mediterranean style and is becoming increasingly more popular in North America. Modern roofing products copy traditional clay tiles in the timeless curved design, or as flat tiles, imitating the appearance of expensive slate roofing. Made of either kiln-baked glazed ceramic or cast in concrete, tiles are available in many colour options and offer a highly durable roof with beautiful, estate-quality old world appeal.
Why Choose Tile?
Quality tile roofing is attractive, fireproof and very durable. Made of ceramic or cast cement, tiles are not susceptible to insect damage, rot, or sun damage , and being heavy, resist wind damage unless extreme conditions exist.
Why are Tiles a Better Choice?
If high quality, ceramic tile can be used in any climate or geographical location. Ceramic is thermally efficient and a good insulator. Ceramic tile can last for centuries if baked at a sufficiently high temperature. Cast concrete in any form continues to get stronger as it gets older and is covered by a lifetime warranty. Tiles made of either material are fire proof, durable and offer a lifetime roofing solution, and may result in lower insurance costs.
Although ceramic inadequately fire-hardened or baked is susceptible to water penetration and destructive freeze-thaw cycles, quality tiles made of ceramic baked correctly at high temperature and properly glazed are a timeless and durable product not susceptible to water, freezing, fire, decay, mold or insect damage.
Installation of tile roofing requires much care. Tiles are easily broken in shipment and impact damage must be carefully controlled. Weight is of a special concern, being up to 9 lbs .per square foot. Because of the weight, special consideration must be given to evaluating rafters, trusses and the building’s structural strength. Installation by professionals is recommended. Avoid walking on tile roofing.
Tile roofing is desirable in hot, dry climates for any roof with a greater slope than 4 /12. Heritage buildings, commercial establishments estate homes alike can benefit from the durability, long life and beauty of tile roofing. Tile roofing is less suitable for geographical locations that feature extreme wet with freeze-thaw conditions, severe hail storms, and very heavy snowfalls because of weight considerations.
Ratings of Tile Roofing
Both ceramic tiles and cast concrete tiles are fireproof with Class A rating, the best possible.
Ceramic and cast concrete tiles are brittle materials, and can resist hail and impact damage only to a point. Clay tiles are not hail proof. If hail is much larger than 1″ or larger in extreme conditions and varying with the product chosen, breakage and impact damage can and does occur.
The heavy weight of ceramic and cast concrete tiles, at up to 900 lbs per square, minimizes wind damage in any but extreme wind-lift conditions. Impact damage by wind-borne trash is a concern, and broken tiles may also become missiles that can impact and damage surrounding tiles in extreme winds.
Tile roofing is more expensive than asphalt but offers a lifetime roof, so the effective cost is actually lower.
Ceramic tiles or concrete equivalents are much heavier than asphalt. They can weigh from 6 to about 9 lbs. per square foot depending upon the product chosen.
A tile roof under reasonable weather conditions that is well maintained is a lifetime roofing solution. Manufacturers may offer better than 50 yr. or lifetime warranties.
Offered in many colours and designs, concrete and clay tiles offer much choice in appearance and profiles from the traditional European -Mediterranean look to modern slate. High curb appeal is achieved with the choice of tile roofing.
Tiles of concrete and clay are manufactured from natural materials and are environmentally friendly. Tiles may be reused and recycled.
For the beauty and old world look of tile or upscale appearance of slate, and the convenience of a durable, one-time roofing installation, choose ceramic tile or concrete roof shingles.