Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete roof tiles are too heavy for my roof? Concrete roof tiles are too heavy for my roof? Many tile manufacturers offer lightweight roof tiles including BarTile, Eagle tile, MonierLifetile, and US Tile.  Go to our Useful Resources page to find links to those different roof tile manufacturers.  Let’s crunch numbers to see if indeed these tiles are too heavy for your roof. MonierLifetile and Eagle lightweight roof tile manufacturing companies offers a variety of lightweight roof tiles that range from 560lbs per square to 720lbs per square.  US Tile’s clay lightweights are also in the range of 590lbs per square.  Most lightweight roof tiles will range in the 560lbs – 720lbs per square.  A “square” in roofing is a 10′ x 10′ area.  (You could also say these tiles range from 5.6lbs – 7.2lbs per square foot.) Is that heavy?  “Heavy” is generic term typically used in comparison to “lighter” things.  Let’s compare different materials and you can come to an educated decision on what is heavy. Wood Shakes – Between approx. 300lbs – 500lbs per square 30 year Asphalt Composition Shingles – approx. 240lbs per square Lightweight Concrete/Clay Roof Tile – approx. 600lbs per square Midwight Concrete Roof Tile – approx. 720lbs per square Standard Weight Concrete Roof Tile – approx. 900lbs – 1100lbs per square Based on the quick observation a lightweight concrete roof tile is about double the weight of a shake roof. Here is where it gets interesting. Although not recommended by Brazil Quality Roofing, Inc. it is legal (see your local building codes for details) in many area’s of California and across the country to install three layers of composition shingles on a roof. Three layers of 30 year Asphalt Composition Shingles at 240lb per square per layer = 720lbs per square. This is heavier than some lightweights and as heavy as the heaviest of lightweight(sometimes called midweight) concrete roof tile. In light of this – it is feasible that some of the lightweight tile roofs in your own neighborhood are less of a load on a house than some of the composition shingle roofs in your neighborhood. With all lightweight roof tile installations (in the Sacramento area – see **Note below) a Licensed Structural Engineer is required to provide a report to pull a permit showing any areas in the house that need structural reinforcement. Most homes need minimal reinforcement. The cost of the report is reimbursed for the most part by the tile manufacturers. Still concerned about the weight of lightweight concrete roof tile? Need more information? Give us a call at 357-5930 or click CONTACT US! We look forward to hearing from you. **Note: Some areas in California do not require a structural engineers report for roof tiles weighing less than 6.0lbs per square foot.  Check with local building codes for details. Back To FAQ list Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.
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Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Lightweight Concrete Roof Tile Lightweight Concrete Roof Tile Offers Fire Safety, Beauty and Value By George Grygar, TXI-Texas Industries, Inc. In most years, dark clouds over Texas in the spring would signal the coming rain. This year, they’re more likely to be smoke from wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in the past month as much of the southwestern U.S. struggles with a severe drought. Homeowners from Utah to Mississippi are learning what those in California are  all too familiar with – La Nina’s triple punch of high winds, dry air, and little to no rain creates a smoldering tinderbox. Many who live next to natural, undeveloped areas have watched their dream homes go up in smoke as grassfires tear through the parched landscape. In an effort to protect homes from wildfires, builders in fire prone areas are more frequently utilizing flame retardant materials during construction. One example is concrete roof tiles. Concrete roof tiles were first introduced around the middle of the 19th century in Europe. They gained in popularity due to their durability, strength and the fact that they are non-combustible. Concrete does not burn when exposed to fire and it can withstand a variety of severe wind and weather conditions. Over the life of the structure, concrete roof tiles often prove to be less expensive than traditional composition (asphalt or fiberglass) roof tile material because they rarely need to be replaced. It is not uncommon for concrete roof tiles to last for the life of the structure it protects. Standard concrete roof tile weighs around nine pounds per square foot. New homes and buildings designed to utilize concrete roof tiles normally have additional reinforcement built into their structural design. Retrofitting a building for standard weight concrete rooftiles normally requires a structural engineering report to determine if any additional bracing is needed to support the added weight. While the basic framing of the house will typically support the weight of a standard concrete tile roof, there are instances when retrofitting a building to accommodate standard weight concrete tile is not feasible. TXI customer, MonierLifetile, a Boral Roofing Company, has been manufacturing concrete roof tiles since 1962. Over the years, they had many requests for a lighter weight concrete roof tile. Recognizing that there was a hole in the market that needed to be filled MonierLifetile launched their 600 Series Line and became the first manufacturer to create a complete line of sub six pound per square foot concrete roof tile. One of MonierLifetile’s most popular lightweight concrete tile lines is Cedarlite, named so because it mimics the look of wood. Cedarlite is unique because it offers the look of wooden shingles without the fire hazard. Due to its sub six pound weight, Cedarlite does not require an engineer’s certification prior to installation, yet it still passes stringent tests for durability, strength, weather resistance and a Class A fire rating. Concrete roof tiles can be manufactured to mimic the appearance of clay, slate, wood or stone. Surfaces can be designed smooth or textured. Colors can be in any pigment, solid, blended or random. Whether using lightweight or normal weight, Class A fire rated concrete roof tile provides a strong barrier against nature’s elements and that is why more and more architects and homebuilders are choosing to invest in the lasting value of concrete roof tiles.  
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Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete roof tiles are too heavy for my roof? Many tile manufacturers offer lightweight roof tiles including BarTile, Eagle tile, MonierLifetile, and US Tile.  Go to our Useful Resources page to find links to those different roof tile manufacturers.  Let’s crunch numbers to see if indeed these tiles are too heavy for your roof. MonierLifetile and Eagle lightweight roof tile manufacturing companies offers a variety of lightweight roof tiles that range from 560lbs per square to 720lbs per square.  US Tile’s clay lightweights are also in the range of 590lbs per square.  Most lightweight roof tiles will range in the 560lbs – 720lbs per square.  A “square” in roofing is a 10′ x 10′ area.  (You could also say these tiles range from 5.6lbs – 7.2lbs per square foot.) Is that heavy?  “Heavy” is generic term typically used in comparison to “lighter” things.  Let’s compare different materials and you can come to an educated decision on what is heavy. Wood Shakes – Between approx. 300lbs – 500lbs per square 30 year Asphalt Composition Shingles – approx. 240lbs per square Lightweight Concrete/Clay Roof Tile – approx. 600lbs per square Midwight Concrete Roof Tile – approx. 720lbs per square Standard Weight Concrete Roof Tile – approx. 900lbs – 1100lbs per square Based on the quick observation a lightweight concrete roof tile is about double the weight of a shake roof. Here is where it gets interesting. Although not recommended by Brazil Quality Roofing, Inc. it is legal (see your local building codes for details) in many area’s of California and across the country to install three layers of composition shingles on a roof. Three layers of 30 year Asphalt Composition Shingles at 240lb per square per layer = 720lbs per square. This is heavier than some lightweights and as heavy as the heaviest of lightweight(sometimes called midweight) concrete roof tile. In light of this – it is feasible that some of the lightweight tile roofs in your own neighborhood are less of a load on a house than some of the composition shingle roofs in your neighborhood. With all lightweight roof tile installations (in the Sacramento area – see **Note below) a Licensed Structural Engineer is required to provide a report to pull a permit showing any areas in the house that need structural reinforcement. Most homes need minimal reinforcement. The cost of the report is reimbursed for the most part by the tile manufacturers. Still concerned about the weight of lightweight concrete roof tile? Need more information? Give us a call at 357-5930 or click CONTACT US! We look forward to hearing from you. **Note: Some areas in California do not require a structural engineers report for roof tiles weighing less than 6.0lbs per square foot.  Check with local building codes for details. Back To FAQ list
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Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Lightweight Concrete Roof Tile Offers Fire Safety, Beauty and Value By George Grygar, TXI-Texas Industries, Inc. In most years, dark clouds over Texas in the spring would signal the coming rain. This year, they’re more likely to be smoke from wildfires that have burned thousands of acres in the past month as much of the southwestern U.S. struggles with a severe drought. Homeowners from Utah to Mississippi are learning what those in California are  all too familiar with – La Nina’s triple punch of high winds, dry air, and little to no rain creates a smoldering tinderbox. Many who live next to natural, undeveloped areas have watched their dream homes go up in smoke as grassfires tear through the parched landscape. In an effort to protect homes from wildfires, builders in fire prone areas are more frequently utilizing flame retardant materials during construction. One example is concrete roof tiles. Concrete roof tiles were first introduced around the middle of the 19th century in Europe. They gained in popularity due to their durability, strength and the fact that they are non-combustible. Concrete does not burn when exposed to fire and it can withstand a variety of severe wind and weather conditions. Over the life of the structure, concrete roof tiles often prove to be less expensive than traditional composition (asphalt or fiberglass) roof tile material because they rarely need to be replaced. It is not uncommon for concrete roof tiles to last for the life of the structure it protects. Standard concrete roof tile weighs around nine pounds per square foot. New homes and buildings designed to utilize concrete roof tiles normally have additional reinforcement built into their structural design. Retrofitting a building for standard weight concrete rooftiles normally requires a structural engineering report to determine if any additional bracing is needed to support the added weight. While the basic framing of the house will typically support the weight of a standard concrete tile roof, there are instances when retrofitting a building to accommodate standard weight concrete tile is not feasible. TXI customer, MonierLifetile, a Boral Roofing Company, has been manufacturing concrete roof tiles since 1962. Over the years, they had many requests for a lighter weight concrete roof tile. Recognizing that there was a hole in the market that needed to be filled MonierLifetile launched their 600 Series Line and became the first manufacturer to create a complete line of sub six pound per square foot concrete roof tile. One of MonierLifetile’s most popular lightweight concrete tile lines is Cedarlite, named so because it mimics the look of wood. Cedarlite is unique because it offers the look of wooden shingles without the fire hazard. Due to its sub six pound weight, Cedarlite does not require an engineer’s certification prior to installation, yet it still passes stringent tests for durability, strength, weather resistance and a Class A fire rating. Concrete roof tiles can be manufactured to mimic the appearance of clay, slate, wood or stone. Surfaces can be designed smooth or textured. Colors can be in any pigment, solid, blended or random. Whether using lightweight or normal weight, Class A fire rated concrete roof tile provides a strong barrier against nature’s elements and that is why more and more architects and homebuilders are choosing to invest in the lasting value of concrete roof tiles.  

Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles

Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles
Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles
Lightweight Concrete Roof Tiles