If you are looking for a roofing material that can make your home more energy efficient and cooler in the summer months, look no further than clay tile roofing. While some parts of the country already use clay tiles a lot– think the southwest– they can be used in other places as well. On the upside, they can never burn and they don’t require a lot of maintenance. They also change over time with the weather which produces beautiful shadings and patinas that only add to the lovely look. On the downside they are quite heavy, and some homes may not be able to accommodate the extra weight without reinforcement beams in the roof, which would add to the cost. Clay tiles are already expensive as each one is individually produced and then dried in a kiln. They are great at rebounding the sun’s rays but there is a lot to consider before going ahead with this type of roof.
So what if there was a way you could get that beautiful clay roof look without actually having a heavy tile roof? Enter fiber reinforced concrete, a newer idea in roofing materials that gives you the look of clay tile without the bulk, the fragility and most importantly the weight. Yes, concrete is also a heavy substance, but this product is actually lightweight along with the all important aspects of any great roofing product: it is weatherproof and strong. The tiles are durable, last a long time and also come in a vast array of styles and shapes made to mimic existing roofing materials like wood shakes, asphalt shingles and tiles of all colours and sizes. Concrete, much like clay is fire resistant and super water proof –have you ever seen water go through your concrete patio?–and they are also low maintenance.
Of course clay tiles are only one tile product for a roof. Slate is another and it is a natural albeit expensive option but one that is super strong and very durable. It’s absorption rating is a zero meaning that nothing, not rain, not snow, not hail, nothing is getting through that onto your roof deck. Just another option when it comes to roofing with tiles.