Distinctive, beautiful, sustainable tile is the rooﬁng material of choice for quality and longevity. Tile roofs are exceptionally resistant to water, frost, ﬁre, wind and insect damage, lasting for centuries rather than decades. When a building owner invests in a tile roof, it’s the last roof they’ll ever need to buy.
About Tile Roofing
Roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out rain, and are traditionally made from locally available materials such as terracotta or slate. Modern materials such as concrete, metal and plastic are also used and some clay tiles have a waterproof glaze.
Roof tiles are ‘hung’ from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below. There are also roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles. These can either be bedded and pointed in cement mortar or mechanically fixed.
Tile Roof FAQs
Roof tiles are made of local, natural and recyclable materials such as terracotta (also known as clay), slate and concrete. A roof can only be considered a tile roof if the tiles are made of one of the following natural materials: slate, clay or concrete.
Tile roofs are exceptionally resistant to water, frost, fire, wind and insect damage, lasting for centuries rather than decades. When a building owner invests in a properly installed tile roof, it’s the last roof they’ll ever need to buy – a huge plus when it comes to resale value.
When comparing tile roofs and shingle roofs, the first noticeable difference is the price. One consideration is that high winds and bad weather can knock off your shingles much more easily than with tiles. Tiles are more durable and can withstand a lot more strain.