Tile

Description

Also known as dimensionals, have become the most common choice in composition roofing. They are a more recent variant and are superior to the basic 3-Tab. Laminates have a second tabbed layer fused to a base shingle, effectively doubling the materials thickness. They have a strong resemblance to wood shake and are available in a wide range of colors.

Example of a cement tile roof installation

 Clay Tile Roofing Example

Clay

Clay tile roofing is a good choice for homes with a southwestern, Italian, or Spanish Mission design, or even for homes with a modern, clean look.  Tile lasts a long time - its expected lifespan is greater than the lifespan of the material on which the roofing rests.  Tile won't rot or burn, and it can't be harmed by insects.  It requires little maintenance, and comes in a variety of colors, types, styles and brands.  The biggest drawback to clay tile can be its weight.  Depending on the material used to make it, tile can be very heavy - so heavy that extra roof support can be required.  With some new materials, however, color is added only on the surface of the tile, and they can fade over time.  Although most modern tile is kiln-fired into the tile making the color permanent. Tiles are fragile, so walking on them can break them.  That makes it more difficult to accomplish maintenance like painting or cleaning rain gutters or fireplaces.  Initial installation can be more complicated than other roofing materials.

 Concrete Tile Roofing Example

Concrete

Concrete tile is now a roofing material.  Shingles, simulated wood shakes, lighter-weight tiles and concrete panels are being manufactured from a  variety of fiber-reinforced cement products.  Some are coated with plastics, enamels, or thin metals, and some contain recycled material.  Although the products themselves are not yet recyclable, they are a good choice for durability and resource efficiency.  The advantages of concrete roofing vary from product to product, but generally they all have a long lifespan, require low maintenance, offer good fire protection and are resistant to rot and insects.  Many tiles mimic the appearance of wood shakes, while improving on the durability and fire protection that real wood affords.  It can approximate the look of clay tile or slate while mitigating the structural problems caused by the weight of the real material.  Concrete is more expensive than some roofing materials, and early types of concrete roofing had problems with the material curling, breaking and changing color.  Technology has improved, however, and these problems have mostly been overcome.  Style and color choices are expanding, and by mixing the cement with additives, manufacturers and making lighter and lighter products.