EAGLE ROOFING PRODUCTS TECHNICAL BULLETIN – Specialty Installations for Hips and Ridges

Staggered CollageAcross the western and southern United States, the most prominent and enduring architectural styles draw on Spanish and Mediterranean influences.  The roofing material of choice for these styles is tile.  Sometimes the use of tile alone does not provide the home/building owner with quite enough Spanish or Mediterranean flare.  There are specialty installation techniques to solve this problem.  We, at Eagle, will be producing a series of technical bulletins focusing on these techniques.

The first of these specialty installations addresses the hips and ridges of the roof.  There are several ways trim tile can be used on the hips and ridges that will instantly add old-world charm to the look of the roof.  This bulletin will concentrate on stacked hip starters, multiple trim courses, and random trim stacking.

Stacked Hip Starters

Typical installations call for the installation of one piece of trim at the bottom of each hip.  The end can be left open in some regions, or it can be finished with mortar or a pre-formed mortar hip starter.  A stylish departure from the norm is to stack tiles at the ends, creating a dramatic design element. There are several ways to create these stacks.  Trim tiles cut to a smaller width and length, Boosted Accessory pieces, or the Capistrano field tiles- trimmed to remove the pan all provide the ideal sized pieces to create the stack.  Another option is to cut trim pieces incrementally smaller to create a gradual stack.

Stack the pieces from 3-7 high, depending on the height of the board or riser you are using for trim attachment, before installing the first full trim piece.  The tile at the bottom of the stack should be attached to the roof and each tile after should be attached to the tile below.  Add to the look by using mortar between courses.  In high wind areas, be sure to provide the necessary weather blocking.

Multiple Trim Courses

Another way to add old-world detail is to install multiple courses of trim on hips and/or ridges.  For this detail, you will install your first course normally.  Then add each additional course using an accepted method of attachment.  You can finish the look with mortar at the nose of each trim piece. It is important to consult local building codes when deciding to add courses of trim tile.

Random Trim Stacking

Similar to the previous detail, you will start by installing the first course of trim tile normally.  This time, though, you will add trim tiles to the hips and/or ridges randomly-using an accepted method of attachment.  You can even vary the number of tiles stacked at each location.  Then finish the look with mortar.  Again, it is important to consult local building codes when deciding to use this detail.

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.

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.

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!

Why You Should Consider Upgrading to Tile Roofing

You see homes with asphalt shingles every day. They are very common. But, if you are considering a re-roof project or a roof material for a new house or building, why not consider something…..well, better?
There are several reasons why tile roofing is a superior product. First of all, it’s a better value. If you need to sell your house or building, a tile roof will help not only to make it more attractive, but add a higher value on your investment.
Asphalt shingles are ok, but they cannot match the beauty of clay and concrete roof tiles. The numerous styles,
hundreds of colors, and variety of finishes available with roof tile allow you to create a roof to suit nearly any architectural style or one
that is entirely unique. The possibilities are endless.

Roof tile is tried and true. It has been used for centuries worldwide and for many
good reasons. 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. Tile roofs can be
used in any climate or region and can withstand fire, earthquakes, the severest weather conditions, including hail, wind and snow. For these reasons, most roof tile manufacturers offer product warranties of at least 50 years.

Clay and concrete tiles are environmentally friendly as well. Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from natural materials that do not deplete precious resources. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives. Also, old
tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Finally, a simple comparison
of lifecycle costs makes it clear that a tile roof is one of the best available today.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

What a Class “A” Rated Tile Roof System Means

Every year we hear on the news about homes being consumed in wildfires. The thought of a horrific incident like that sends shivers down any homeowners’ spine. Even if you live in an area where wildfires are not likely, lightning strikes or just freak accidents are possible. There’s no sure way to prevent such atrocities, but research does show that tile roofs rank the highest (class A) and are proven to be more durable than most other roofing materials.
“Most people don’t realize that there are many things they can do to safeguard their home from serious damage due to wildfires, storms and even earthquakes,” says Tile Roofing Institute Managing Director, Jeanne Sheehy. “Taking just a few precautionary measures can go a long way towards helping homeowners minimize the damage that can occur from these kinds of natural disasters.”

Investigations have shown that a majority of fires start when embers ignite non-fire-resistant roofs. Because all concrete and clay tile roofs offer a non-combustible Class A fire rating – the highest possible fire resistant rating available – they can play an important role in protecting your home in a fire. Furthermore, Class “A” rated tile roof systems are usually eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.

The roof is the most vulnerable part of any home during a wildfire. Since tile roof tiles are noncombustible, they enhance a structure’s level of fire safety. Roofing tiles last a long time and they do not rot, curl, rust or burn, especially tiles made of cement mixtures. In fact, the longer tiles are exposed, the more durable they become. By design, a tile roof is allowing air circulation under the tile, which reduces heat transfer to the attic during a fire.

Tile roofs achieve the highest attainable fire rating for both the product and installed system. The Class A fire rating includes tests for spread of flame, intermittent flame, and the burning brand.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

(Source: Tile Roofing Institute)

How Do Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

How do roof tiles perform in cold weather conditions?

The density and durability of concrete tile made by Eagle Roofing products a natural choice in cold or high freeze thaw cycling areas. The tile is not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. There are specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow from turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets. The tile has 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.

If installed properly, tile roofs are also virtually maintenance free. The roof handles the snow excellently. In fact, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that “If it’s done properly the first time, there’s really nothing that has to be done to maintain a tile
roof.” For tile roof owners, the key selling points are low maintenance, elegance, and durability. Customers are very satisfied with tile roofs. They like the look and the durability. Once it’s up and in place, you get a good, lasting material. You may only run into problems with tile roofs in the mountain areas if you focus on one thing — cheap. The bottom line for some may be, How cheap can I get a tile roof put on my house?”
That’s where a lot of the bad press comes from and from people who use tile on buildings they shouldn’t or they don’t use the right system with it.
As with any other aspect of a building project, the longevity of a tile roof depends on thoughtful
planning, proper building design, and quality workmanship. Hire a roofing contractor who knows exactly HOW to install it properly, and you will have a beautiful roof for most of your lifetime.

Concrete Roofing Tile History

Concrete Roofing Tile History

There is nothing new about the concept of using concrete tile for roofing. Ancient records indicate that the Chinese were producing glazed clay roofing tiles 5,000 years ago. Various patterns of flat earthenware roof tile were used in Greece between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

The Romans adopted a variation of the Greek pattern they introduced wherever suitable clay was found in the Roman Empire. Until the Romans brought clay tile to England, the customary durable roofing materials were stone and slate, while straw, reed, and timber were used as comparatively short life roof coverage.

Recorded commercial production, using natural cement to form the concrete, commenced in Bavaria around the middle of the 19th century. There are still many roofs in the Staudach district over a century old which give unquestionable proof of the durability of concrete roof tile. When this product was introduced in the early 1900s to England, Holland and other European countries, it became the practice to add a coloring pigment, at least to the tile surface, in order to imitate traditional clay roofing tiles. These early concrete roof tiles were made on hand, or semi-hand operated machines.

The first practical power-driven tile-making machine was developed in Denmark in the early 1920s. This machine, known as the Ringsted, passed a line of cast-iron pallets or molds under a hopper that poured a concrete mix into the molds. Shortly after the Ringsted machine was introduced to England, about 1925, a young engineer named William Powell developed a power-driven tile machine that was a considerable improvement on its Danish counterpart. In 1930, H. A. Wilkinson, then managing his father’s factory in Surry, England, decided to eliminate the tedious handwork and designed a more efficient tile-making machine. Improvements were made to the tile making production plants year after year and the industry developed rapidly.

In 1961, 82% of all domestic roofs in Great Britain were comprised of concrete tile; the percentage in Australia approached 60% and in Germany concrete tile covered 30% of all new roofs. Recent estimates show that concrete tile now accounts for 90% of all roofs in Europe and the South Pacific Basin, with nations such as China, Japan and America rapidly converting from other products.

Unlike petroleum-based shingles, concrete tiles aren’t flammable.
Concrete roofing tiles often cost more than some of the cheaper tiling and shingling options, but generally last longer. Modern concrete mixing methods also allow the tiles to be manufactured to fit various style and color requirements. Instead of looking like gritty gray slabs of cement, concrete tiles can even have the appearance of fine ceramics.

(Source: Wikipedia)