Ceramic Tile Roof

Ceramic Tile Roof

Why consider a tile roof instead of asphalt shingles? APPEARANCE There is not an asphalt shingle on the market that can match the superior aesthetics of clay and concrete roof tile. The numerous styles, hundreds of colors, and variety of finishes available with roof tile allow you and your designer to create a roof to suit virtually any architectural style or one that is entirely unique. PERFORMANCE Clay roof tile has been used for centuries worldwide and for good reason. Both clay roof tile and its modern partner, concrete, are not only beautiful but also extremely durable. With proper building design and installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years or more. They do not rot in wet climates and are not susceptible to destruction by pests. They can be used in any climate or region and can withstand the severest weather conditions, including fire, wind, and snow. For these reasons, most roof tile manufacturers offer warranties of at least 50 years. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from naturally occurring materials that do not deplete precious natural resources. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives, and old tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Moreover, roof tiles are energy efficient: because of the superior thermal capacity of roof tiles and the ventilated air space that their placement on the roof surface creates, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in hotter climates and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, which reduces potential ice accumulation. COST EFFECTIVE With superior aesthetics, durability, and longevity, roof tile is a cost-effective alternative to other roofing products. A simple comparison of lifecycle costs makes clear that a tile roof is one of the best deals available today.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

APPEARANCE There is not an asphalt shingle on the market that can match the superior aesthetics of clay and concrete roof tile. The numerous styles, hundreds of colors, and variety of finishes available with roof tile allow you and your designer to create a roof to suit virtually any architectural style or one that is entirely unique. PERFORMANCE Clay roof tile has been used for centuries worldwide and for good reason. Both clay roof tile and its modern partner, concrete, are not only beautiful but also extremely durable. With proper building design and installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years or more. They do not rot in wet climates and are not susceptible to destruction by pests. They can be used in any climate or region and can withstand the severest weather conditions, including fire, wind, and snow. For these reasons, most roof tile manufacturers offer warranties of at least 50 years. ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from naturally occurring materials that do not deplete precious natural resources. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives, and old tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Moreover, roof tiles are energy efficient: because of the superior thermal capacity of roof tiles and the ventilated air space that their placement on the roof surface creates, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in hotter climates and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, which reduces potential ice accumulation. COST EFFECTIVE With superior aesthetics, durability, and longevity, roof tile is a cost-effective alternative to other roofing products. A simple comparison of lifecycle costs makes clear that a tile roof is one of the best deals available today.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

Frequently Asked Questions I really like tile roofs, but aren’t they very expensive? No. During the past few years, the installed cost of tile roofs has not increased as much as wood shakes and asphalt shingles. As a general rule, concrete tile roofs cost much less than slate, about two times more than wood shakes, and approximately three times more than heavy weight asphalt shingles. Clay roof tiles cost slightly more than concrete. However, both concrete and clay tile outlast most other roofing materials, with manufacturers offering warranties of 50 years or more. In fact, in Asia and Europe, many structures with clay roof tiles have remained not simply intact but also functional and beautiful for centuries. Concrete and clay roof tiles are also incredibly durable, withstanding severe weather conditions. Moreover, their superior aesthetics increase the value of any structure. How long do tile roofs really last? We don’t know. Clay tile roofs date back to Neolithic China, and many ancient structures with clay tile roofs still exist. And, in Europe and Asia, roof tiles have been the primary roofing product for hundreds of years. Both concrete and clay tile roofing systems, when installed properly, withstand weather conditions that begin to deteriorate other roofs the day they are installed. In general, a tile roof – concrete or clay – can reasonably be expected to outlast the building it protects.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

Products With over a century of experience, MCA Clay Roof Tile uses modern ceramics technology to transform rich raw materials into a vast spectrum of natural terra cotta, matte, or high gloss glazed clay roof tiles. MCA’s products are offered in a wide array of sizes, textures, colors and blends, presenting the opportunity for creativity and customization of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. Learn More Cool Roof Tiles MCA is the number one leader in clay cool roof tile manufacturing in the U.S. MCA offers 82 CRRC rated colors of clay tile, creating an endless array of custom or designer blends. At no additional cost, MCA products can qualify for LEED points with tiles made from locally resourced raw natural materials, a high recyclable content, and a selection of Energy Star® and Cool Roof rated colors. Learn More Gallery MCA has proudly provided clay roof tile to an extensive variety of residential, commercial, and institutional buildings. From custom homes, hotels, schools, naval bases, theme parks, historical landmarks, and more, MCA Clay Roof Tile is featured worldwide. View an assorted selection of completed projects displaying MCA’s success in complementing architectural vision and design. Learn More
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Ceramic Tile Roof

What about the insulation value of a tile roof? Tile roofs are good insulators. The combined effect of the roof tiles, decking, and the “air space” between the tiles allows for better air circulation and thereby reduces direct heat transfer, resulting in lower air conditioning costs in the summer and a decrease in the formation of ice dams in the winter. Won’t my building have to be a lot stronger and more costly to support a tile roof? Most commercial or quality residential structures require little or no additional bracing. Additional costs, if any, to support tiles are usually an extremely small portion of the total project. I saw a news picture of a home with a tile roof surrounded by homes burned to the ground. Are homes with tile roofs fireproof? Clay and concrete roof tiles have Class A fire ratings, meaning they are non-combustible. And, both types of roof assemblies maintain their Class A fire ratings throughout their lifecycles. No additional or periodic treatments are required. In addition, buildings with Class A rated tile systems are eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

I am a do-it-myselfer, Can I install my own tile roof? Because tile is a unique product, it takes more of a craftsman to install a tile roof properly. Over 96% of all tile roofs are installed by professional roofing contractors. A handy person may be able to lay field tile without much trouble, but installing underlayment, battens, flashings for valleys, chimneys, solar panels, and skylights and cutting the tiles along hips and valleys are more complicated tasks. The Roof Tile Institute offers installation guides to help first-time and veteran installers. But remember: A tile roof is a permanent roof and in most cases will outlast the structure it supports, but to ensure its longevity you must use quality materials and install it properly. A poor installation job can be very expensive in the long run.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

Tile roofs are good insulators. The combined effect of the roof tiles, decking, and the “air space” between the tiles allows for better air circulation and thereby reduces direct heat transfer, resulting in lower air conditioning costs in the summer and a decrease in the formation of ice dams in the winter. Won’t my building have to be a lot stronger and more costly to support a tile roof? Most commercial or quality residential structures require little or no additional bracing. Additional costs, if any, to support tiles are usually an extremely small portion of the total project. I saw a news picture of a home with a tile roof surrounded by homes burned to the ground. Are homes with tile roofs fireproof? Clay and concrete roof tiles have Class A fire ratings, meaning they are non-combustible. And, both types of roof assemblies maintain their Class A fire ratings throughout their lifecycles. No additional or periodic treatments are required. In addition, buildings with Class A rated tile systems are eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.
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Ceramic Tile Roof

Because tile is a unique product, it takes more of a craftsman to install a tile roof properly. Over 96% of all tile roofs are installed by professional roofing contractors. A handy person may be able to lay field tile without much trouble, but installing underlayment, battens, flashings for valleys, chimneys, solar panels, and skylights and cutting the tiles along hips and valleys are more complicated tasks. The Roof Tile Institute offers installation guides to help first-time and veteran installers. But remember: A tile roof is a permanent roof and in most cases will outlast the structure it supports, but to ensure its longevity you must use quality materials and install it properly. A poor installation job can be very expensive in the long run.