ASIAN STONES Slate Roof Tiles
The choice of roof tile material can have a big impact on the price, weight and maintenance of the roof. Here is a summary of some of the most common roof tile materials:
Clay roof tiles have been used for thousands of years due their long lifespan, robustness and the natural abundance of clay. Although the classic red and orange tints remain popular, there are a wide variety of different colors and shapes available today.
Concrete tiles are a popular alternative to clay roof tiles because of their similar lifespan and variety of shapes. They are sometimes favored in modern newbuilds due to their low cost. However, they tend to be heavier, more absorbent and less robust than clay roof tiles against strong weather conditions.
Slate roof tiles are extremely long lasting, robust and give an attractive unique finish, which can suit both modern and traditional buildings. However, they are very heavy and installation can be expensive. While more modern slate tiles tend to be much thinner than traditional ones, they can also be more prone to damage.
Glass roof tiles are recyclable and can allow natural light to enter without breaking the continuity of the roof. They can also be used for solar heating systems. Glass roof tiles are often available in the most common roof tile shapes so they can be integrated into new or existing roof structures.
Metal roof tiles are much lighter than clay, slate or concrete alternatives. Not only are they available in metallic finishes, they can also be finished to imitate more traditional tile profiles. Some are available in large sheets that look like mutiple tiles, which makes them much quicker and easier to install. However they can dent and be noisier than other materials.
Plastic roof tiles, like metal roof tiles, are light, low maintenance, can imitate traditional tile profiles and finishes and be installed in large sheets. Transparent plastic roof tiles can also provide an alternative to glass tiles. However, plastic roof tiles tend to be less robust and may be prone to color fading or UV damage over time. The type of plastic used can have an impact on the overall robustness and environmental impact of the tiles. Some manufacturers have roof tiles made out of 100% recycled plastics.