When people think of tiles, they usually think of the indoor variety, applied to floors and walls. But the use of tiles is not limited to that. Some kinds of tiles are durable enough for the outdoors — even durable enough to give you shelter from the elements.
Beautiful Roofing Tiles
When it comes to looking at roofing tiles, the first main differentiation is the materials of which they are composed: clay, concrete, or slate. Each one has particular pros and cons, so the decision depends on what you’re willing to trade off, and what you can’t do without.
Let’s start with clay tiles. They’re resistant to fire and wind – which is a big plus in terms of safety. Because of their toughness, they last for quite a long time. However, heavier and more brittle than other kinds of tiles. Although they can potentially have an extremely long lifespan (over 100 years, in some cases), the flashing must be expertly installed, and all broken tiles replaced immediately.
Concrete tiles, on the other hand, are generally less expensive to install than clay tiles. But, like clay tiles, they are also fire- and wind-resistant. Concrete tiles are long-lived and require minimal maintenance, though they also have a tendency to crack occasionally.
Lastly, there are slate tiles. These tiles are often considered separately from clay and concrete tiles. They naturally possess a beautiful dark-gray color and are among the most durable of roofing types available. In southern Florida, these tiles are somewhat rare due to their cost and the expertise required to install them. At A-1 Property Services, we do offer professional slate roofing installation, so if you decide that this roof type is for you, we can help!
Although clay, concrete, and slate vary in terms of price and performance, these roofing tiles have one thing in common: They make great choices for eco-friendly homes. These materials are made from natural resources, so that already covers the sustainability aspect. Then, they’re also energy-efficient because they’re effective insulators — trapping in heat when the climate is cold, and then blocking it out when the climate is hot. As a result, your HVAC system doesn’t need to work as hard, resulting in lower energy bills. If you are interested in installing a tile roof, be sure to invest in a quality contractor and engineer: since tiles are quite heavy, they need a structure specially built (or reinforced) to carry the load.
For more information on installing any one of these beautiful roofing tiles, contact the A-1 team today!Roofing Services offered by A-1