Types Of Roofing Materials
Slate roofing lasts more than 100 years. It won’t burn, is waterproof, and resists mold and fungus. Slate is effective in wet climates but is expensive, heavy, and may be easily broken when stepped on. Keep this in mind if you live in an area that experiences hail.
Rubber slate looks natural and can be cut with a knife to fit intricate roofs like those found in Victorian homes. Rubber slate roofs can last 100 years but can be damaged by satellite dishes and walking – so may also be susceptible to damage by hail, similar to slate. Roofing professionals that are trained to install rubber slate may be hard to find.
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 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 colored 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.
Tile is 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.