How Do Concrete Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

ASnow Tile Roofs parts of the country are dealing with yet another brutal winter storm, it seems like a good time to discuss the best materials for protecting your home against the elements. While most homes in areas prone to snow tend to boast asphalt shingles, there are far superior materials available for cold-weather roofing.

 

We all know that concrete roofing tiles are popular in hot, sunny states due to their energy-saving, highly insulating properties. Those attributes also work to keep out the cold, meaning lower bills for heating the structure.

The density and durability of concrete tiles made by Eagle Roofing Products make them a prime choice for buildings in cold or high freeze-thaw cycling areas. Unlike more porous materials like asphalt, concrete tiles are not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. Concrete tiles also have a naturally occurring air pocket between the underside of the tile and the roof sheathing that, when installed and ventilated correctly, minimize ice-damming as well as tile expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.

As an added measure, Eagle uses specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets.

Speaking of damage caused by ice and snow accumulation, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that, “If installed properly the first time, there’s really not much that has to be done to maintain a tile roof.” While we cannot promise our roofs will always be damage-free, they are far less prone to such costly issues and require much less work to keep them that way. This comes in handy during snow storms when the odds of convincing a roofing repair company to come fix a weather-damaged roof are practically zero.

Basically, you could not ask for a better roof system during a snow storm.

For more information, visit our website at www.eagleroofing.com or call 1-888-TILE-ROOF, 24/7.

Tile Roof Installation: Why Training is a Must and Where to Get It

We know we may be a little biased here at Eagle Roofing, but, tile roofing is just plain superior. We really mean it. That is why training is offered to those individuals who want to learn how to properly install a tile roof; nothing that nice is easy to construct.

Tile roofs not only add value to your home but are exceptionally durable, allowing them to endure a lot of what Mother Nature throws at them. Concrete roofing can withstand high winds better than other materials and can take a freezing and thawing in any climate. That means that, just because you may live in an area north of the Sunbelt, you do not have to miss out on the aesthetic and structural advantages of concrete tile.

As you may know, tile weighs more than asphalt shingles. The strength, longevity and aesthetic appeal of roof tile is a by-product of it composition – color infused concrete. It is a common misconception that the best time to install a tile roof is when you’re building a new home. While it is easier to prepare the roof structure of a new home for a tile roof, the underlying roof structure of most homes can be modified for a tile roof with minimal reinforcement. If you’re interested in upgrading your home’s value and curb appeal by upgrading to a tile roof, you will want to obtain a structural report from an engineer first.

As you can see, there are many requirements to consider when installing a roof of this quality. Before you do so, contact our friends at the Tile Roofing Institute (TRI). They offer classes all over the United States to help people learn how to meet or exceed industry guidelines because they know today’s consumers expect trades-people ‒ including tile roofing installers ‒ to have trade certification. TRI employs professional instructors to teach not only proper tile roof installation, but also to help your company’s performance in all areas such as workmanship, efficiency, best practices, and code-compliance.

If you wish to meet with TRI as well as other industry professionals from multiple concrete roofing tile manufacturers, visit the Carolina Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (CRSMCA) Mid-Winter Conference in Raleigh, NC on January 21-23, 2014.

Eagle Design Centers Offer More Than Just Color Selection

Eagle Roofing Products’ Design Centers are integral in working toward our goal to be the easiest company in the industry to conduct business with.

Each Design Center is staffed by a design professional who can assist in selecting the ideal Eagle concrete roofing tile for any home or business. Design Center Coordinators are educated professionals with experience in interior/exterior design, many of whom are members of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers). Along with their specialized knowledge of exteriors, our Coordinators are well-versed in all specifications of our tiles and our components, which help create an overall superior roof system.

With six profiles, over 140 color offerings and seven locations throughout California, Arizona and Florida, Eagle hopes to provide its key markets with professional, peaceful, beautifully displayed environments where customers can complete their exterior packages at their own pace.

In addition to our Builder and Designer concrete tile collections, our Design Centers offer a wide selection of Cool Roof Tile colors to choose from for re-roof and new construction projects, which are approved by ENERGY STAR and the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) for reflectivity testing. Our Coordinators can help choose Eagle colors that may be eligible for rebates through homeowner utility companies, are compliant with California’s 2008 Title 24 requirements, as well help choose colors that qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) points ultimately allowing that project to meet the requirements to be LEED certified.

To allow for a more comprehensive exterior selection, the Design Centers are also equipped with samples from other manufacturers. While each center’s offerings vary, Coronado Stone as well as Glidden and Sherwin Williams paints are a few examples.

Visitors schedule appointments for consultations with a DC Coordinator to make selections for their projects.  Appointments are necessary because, depending on the complexity of the selection process, visits typically last anywhere from one to three hours.

To find a Design Center in your area, click here. For anyone without a Design Center in their area, phone and online consultations are available.

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Why Eagle Roofing Has the Best Options

Eagle Roofing tiles are a great alternative to other options and there are many reasons for this. It’s good to have a bit of background as you’re exploring options so you know how and why to make your choice.

One of the first reasons to consider concrete tiles is because they are very durable and last for many years. The lesser expense makes them a great option for large construction projects and for improving the appearance of a low-budget project. Concrete tiles come in several different styles and colors, which makes them versatile for many different kinds of projects.

The style you choose should reflect the design of the house, to enhance the overall impression. Concrete tile shapes and sizes vary. Eagle Roofing Products has an amazing selection to match anyone’s style and taste. Keep in mind that most concrete tiles will average around 80 to 100 tiles per 100 square feet, depending on the size of the tiles. All concrete tiles must have an underlayment to protect the roof from leaks and other damage. A 19-degree roof pitch is usually required for cement tiles to be effective. It’s important to speak with an Eagle Roofing representative to answer any questions you may have and to hire a licensed contractor to ensure that the roof is installed correctly.

A licensed contractor will make sure your building is capable of handling the heavy weight of the concrete tiles. Your building contractor can help assess the place of concrete tiles in your construction project if you are not sure if your building or home can handle the weight. The average weight for concrete tiles is 950 to 1000 pounds per 100 square feet.

No other concrete roof tile manufacturer offers the range of styles and colors that Eagle offers. Options. Eagle has them, and they give you the ability to differentiate your projects while increasing their value. Eagle has developed regionally specific color lines with the help of professional colorists who understand industry trends.

Eagle Roofing Products. The company of choice.

If you have questions or additional concerns, contact Eagle Roofing today!

 

What’s the Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and Concrete Tile Roofing?

If you drive through most neighborhoods you’re likely to see varying roofing materials, but more often than not, you’ll notice that asphalt shingles seem to dominate as the most popular roofing material. Just like any other type of product, the most popular doesn’t always mean it’s the best in quality. The most common reason that homeowners and builders install asphalt shingles comes down to one thing– COST. They are less expensive than tile.

Concrete tile and asphalt shingles are both popular options to roof a modern home. They both come in different styles and colors and do look nice once completed. Both concrete and asphalt offer a variety of different looks to suit a homeowner’s desires and both are very durable.
They are also both tough and resistant to impact from inclement weather, but one of the issues with the asphalt shingles, though, is that they may blow off in high winds. Concrete tiles do not blow away.

Another difference between the two types comes with the initial installation. Concrete tiles are more difficult to install and require professional assistance. Added help at the time of installation can lead to extra initial costs. Normally a contractor doing the tile roofing job will have had a specific training just for that type of product. It is essential that it’s done correctly in order to have a safe, durable, and long lasting roof.

In addition to that, asphalt shingles are considered less environmentally friendly than concrete tiles because they do not serve to insulate and block heat from the home, which can lead to higher utility bills and increased energy use. It has been found that tile roofing can reduce heating and cooling costs because of the type of ventilation required upon installation.

Concrete tile roofs may be more expensive than asphalt shingles upon initial purchase, but they add value to a home and provide extra longevity. The variety of tiles available today really provide a unique look and style for any home or business. The curb appeal cannot be beat!

No other concrete roof tile manufacturer offers the range of styles and colors that Eagle offers. Options. Eagle has them, and they give you the ability to differentiate your projects while increasing their value. Eagle has developed regionally specific color lines with the help of professional colorists who understand industry trends.

Eagle Roofing Products. The company of choice.

Eagle Being Green: Doing Our Part to Help the Environment

It’s important to you and your family, and ours as well. We love our planet and want to do our part to help the environment in we do.
We take our commitment to being environmentally friendly seriously, which is evident in our Eagle Green initiative. We’d like to share with you some of the steps we take to produce a product and business that keeps our planet safe and clean. 

We lead all other concrete tile manufacturers with our recycling and re-use activities:

• We make a concerted effort to reduce haul-off from all of our plants when purchasing the most energy-efficient 
and environmentally safe equipment we can find.

• Rejected tile is crushed and re-introduced into the manufacturing process.

• Trash that cannot be recycled is compacted to reduce landfill deposits.

• Wood tile pallets are repaired and re-used whenever possible.

• Synthetic oils are used on machinery when possible due to their long life-span.

• Engine oil and filters from plant equipment are recycled.

• All Eagle tile sealers are water-based.

If you have questions about our tile manufacturing or about the environmental benefits of tile roofing, please contact us at eagleroofing.com.

Have your Heard about our Eagle Seal Premium Underlayment?

Eagle Seal is a premium underlayment that provides reliable performance and superior protection for your roof. This self-adhering roofing and waterproofing underlayment is specifically designed for most roof applications.

Eagle Roofing Products’ new Eagle SealTM premium underlayment provides the durability and reliability home builders, roofing contractors, and homeowners expect from USA-Owned, USA-Made Eagle Roofing Products.  Eagle Seal is a multi-purpose, steep slope, self-adhered roofing and waterproofing underlayment specially designed for concrete, clay tile and metal roofs. Eagle Seal is ideal for both adhesive set and mechanically fastened slope roofs in both new construction and remodeling applications.

Eagle Seal is designed to be extremely durable and easy to install and is a premium quality product designed to provide superior performance and protection under all of our concrete tile products. Eagle Seal provides a combination of dual reinforcement of a “true” polymer modified asphalt compound on the top layer, with an aggressive self-adhesive compound on the bottom layer.  This allows Eagle Seal to expand and contract with a roof while providing reliable performance.

To learn more about Eagle Seal or any of our other Eagle Roofing Products, contact us today!

Choose a Roof that Delivers Aesthetics, Durability, and Energy Efficiency

Eagle Roofing sent out a recent press release with the following information. We thought it was worth adding these words to our blog in case you missed it on our website.

The move to incorporate energy efficiency and environmentally
friendly features continues to be one of the biggest selling points in the remodeling industry. Green products are crafted to exceed building codes and are not only cost-effective to own, but are especially economical to operate without sacrificing quality.

This demand for energy efficient products is especially evident in the roofing industry. Widely recognized as a leader in the industry, Eagle delivers true performance in their roofing products that include energy efficiency, protection from the elements, durability to last a lifetime and a
style to complement their architecture and add true curb appeal.

“In today’s tight economic environment, Eagle understands today’s savvy customers increasingly look at the energy efficiency of roofing in addition to aesthetics when evaluating their purchasing decision,” said Kevin Burlingame, president of Eagle Roofing Products. “We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and are deeply committed to giving customers a full line of innovative products.

This advantage enables remodelers to differentiate their projects and increase business while  creating incremental value for the homeowners.”
Eagle remains committed to being the company of choice for roofing products for both new construction and remodeling applications. This is exemplified through the company’s dedication to providing quality products and outstanding customer service.

As part of their extensive concrete tile product line, homeowners can choose from a selection of Cool Roof tile colors that are Energy Star and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) approved.
Eagle’s Cool Roof Tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from the home resulting in a 10% to 30% energy savings on air conditioning. Those who reroof their homes with these rated tile colors may be eligible for roof tile rebates through their utility company.

If you have questions, contact Eagle Roofing Products today.

 

Is Your Roof Cool? Here’s How it Works.

As we get into the hot, summer months, the AC gets cranked and the energy costs often rise to to keep buildings comfortable. According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings – one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year!
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce energy bills by up to 50%.”

What is Energy Star? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. (seeenergystar.gov)

Cool Roof Rated products are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council (www.coolroofs.org) and have been tested and approved as highly reflective. Eagle Roofing offers an extensive amount of colors and profiles of Cool Roofing options, which can help reduce your energy costs by 10-30%. They also have environmental benefits as well, by reducing global warming, urban heat island effects, smog, and the production of CO2. 

Here’s How It Works:
A cool roof reflects and emits the sun’s energy as light back to the sky, rather than transferring it to the building below it as heat. Therefore, a tile’s 
“coolness” is measured by two properties–Solar Reflectance – fraction of sun energy reflected by roof (0-100%) and
Thermal Emittance – ability of roof surface to release (emit) absorbed heat (0-100%).
The recognition of the benefits are becoming more widespread and have been adopted by building codes and green building programs across the nation. 

To find out more about how an Eagle Tile Roof works, contact us today at eagleroofing.com .

Built to Last: Tile Roofs Can Take Extreme Conditions Well

It’s true. Buildings with tile roofs provide the greatest protection and best value of any roofing material.Different parts of our country are susceptible to devastation and damage from extreme weather. Clay and concrete roof tiles can resist damage from extreme weather and circumstances like hailstones, storms, and hurricane-force winds.

One of the reasons for this is because a tile roof system provides two layers of protection from the elements. The tile itself provides a tough water-shedding outer shell. And an underlayment of asphalt roofing paper is placed over the roof decking providing the inner shell.
This is real protection that few other roofing systems can provide.
One of the best attributes of concrete and clay tile roofing is its resistance to extreme weather conditions.  Its design and construction provide high air permeability, which helps relieve wind stress. Most other types of roofing materials would be damaged greatly under hurricane winds of 125 mph, but independent studies have shown that tile roofs have fared well in these cases.

For more information about the durability of clay and concrete tile roofs, contact Eagle Roofing today!