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Concrete and Clay Roof Tiles

Concrete and Clay Roof Tiles

This ancient roofing option has been thoroughly modernized with newer and stronger materials that look fantastic. Today’s products are made in three versions:

Traditional clay tiles are reinforced for strength and durability
Concrete tiles are formed with a lightweight blend that makes them very tough but easy to work with

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Fiber cement tiles are composed of wood and clay blended into the concrete for lightweight strength
The finished tiles are glazed or coated with waterproof coating.

Why do homeowners choose tiles?

All types, clay, concrete, and fiber cement, offer 50+ years of durability
Tiles resist fire and insects
The rich aesthetics of tile increase curb appeal
While not as varied as asphalt shingles, tiles are produced in a good range of colors, styles, and textures
Light-colored tile reflects sunlight, so reduces heat penetration and cooling requirements
The tiles are recyclable
These are some of the potential drawbacks of tile roofs:

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic roofing tiles have been around for centuries. In fact, some of the oldest societies in the world have used ceramic roofing tiles on their roofs as well as inside their homes. This is particularly true in Mesopotamia, where you can see decorative tiles that are thousands of years old.

Tiles are heavier than most roofing materials and some types require extra framing support at a higher cost
The cost of tile is higher than asphalt, metal, and wood
Tiles may break if walked on, so repairing chimneys and other roofing issues is trickier when the roof is tiled
Clay, concrete, or composite tiles: If a tile roof fits your home’s architectural style, strongly consider this material if it fits your budget. Clay is costlier but lasts longer than concrete roof tiles. Fiber cement composite tiles are a good middle-ground.


How to Save Money AND Get a Great Roof

Tiling A roof-Nottingham RoofersIf saving money were the goal, then hiring the cheapest labour or DIY would be the path to accomplishing it. However, that will likely turn out to be a mistake discovered when the roof falls apart or fails to protect your home from the elements.

Inquire about the experience of the crew that will be installing your roof.


Ceramic roofing tiles give your home a cozy and comforting look and feel. It is also fireproof, weather-resistant, and durable with a 50-75 year lifespan. Often, ceramic roofs are used in areas that experience temperature extremes and repeated days of intense sunshine. That’s because ceramic roofs can’t be damaged by the heat or by the cold. Also, ceramic roofs are easy to maintain. They are impervious to damage from either rot or insects.

The better route is to request estimates from several licensed and insured roofing contractors that specialise in the type of roof you want. Let them know that they are competing with other companies for the project. Then, get some references, drive-by homes they roofed from 5-15 years ago to see how the roofs they’ve installed are holding up.

Disadvantages of their susceptibility to impact damage from hail and storm debris as well as possible fading in extreme heat and sun exposure. Another disadvantage to tile roofs is they can be quite heavy, so additional roofing supports may need to be added to bear the weight. Perhaps the largest disadvantage of having a ceramic roof is the cost. Between the cost of manufacturing ceramic tile roofs and the costs of construction, ceramic tile roofs can cost two to three times what an asphalt roof installation can cost, especially if additional roof supports need to be added.

Roof tiles

Baked clay tiles: extremely solid tiles with a long lifespan
Plain tiles: flat tiles without ripples;
Concrete tiles: cheaper than baked tiles and choice of more variations and colours.

Clay and concrete tiles

Clay and concrete roof tiles can withstand damage from tornadoes, hurricanes, or winds up to 125 miles per hour and even earthquakes, according to “A Summary of Experimental Studies on Seismic Performance of Concrete and Clay Roofing Tiles” by the University of Southern California for the Tile Roofing Institute. They are good in warm, dry climates. They may require extra support to bear their weight, and they are likely to break when walked on.

Clay tiles are made from earthen clays molded into rolled or interlocking shapes and fired for hardness. It is often left unglazed, with

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the characteristic reddish-orange color; or it can be glazed and fired to form ceramic roofing tiles. Clay tile is a very good roofing material for hot climates or where salt air is present, which is why these roofs are seen so often in southern coastal regions or desert regions.

Concrete tiles are an alternative to clay tile, with similar installation techniques and similar advantages. Concrete tiles are molded from standard sand-mix concrete coloured to whatever hues are desired. A variety of profiles are available, some of which resemble rolled clay tiles, others that are low-profile resembling wood shakes. Concrete tiles are sometimes finished with a decorative coating. It is a very heavy roofing material, making it a good choice in high-wind regions.

Tiles are an expensive roofing material, with costs that can range from £10 to £18 per square foot, installed, though more uncommon ceramic tiles can run as much as £30 per square foot, installed. Clay tiles are a very long-lasting roofing material that can last more than a century.

Regardless of what type of roof you go with, there is always a chance it can be damaged. Roofing can be expensive, so you want to make sure you’re covered when the unexpected happens. Find out how Nottingham Roofers can help protect your home.

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