No one knows for sure. Tile roofs date back to Neolithic China, and many ancient structures with tile roofs still exist. In Europe and Asia roof tiles have been the primary roofing product for hundreds of years. Both clay and concrete tile roofing systems, when installed properly, will withstand weather conditions that begin to deteriorate other roofing products the day they are installed. In general, a tile-roof, clay or concrete—may outlast the building it protects.
Yes. Roof tiles come in many colors, shapes and sizes. In fact, with modern innovations, clay and concrete roof tile manufacturers produce tiles that suit any architectural style, from authentic Spanish and Mediterranean to New England Colonial, historic or contemporary. Roof tiles can be flat or round, simulate wood shakes, or slate replicate centuries-old roofing materials. The possibilities are virtually limitless.
VALUE:...Resale's and property values... 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 nearly any architectural style or one that is entirely unique. PERFORMANCE: 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. 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. 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. 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 it clear that a tile roof is one of the best available today.
Concrete and clay tiles are completely non-combustible. The complete roof assemble has a Class A fire rating, the highest fire resistant rating available. Buildings with Class A rated tile roof systems should be eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.
Tile roofs are good insulators. The combined effect of the roof tiles, air space, and decking allows for better air circulation and reducing direct heat transfer. This should lower energy costs year round.
Moss/algae can grow on most surfaces if the conditions are right, including glass. Washing with a mild detergent will clean most concrete roof tiles. Scrubbing or moderate pressure washing may also be required. Only a professional should undertake cleaning a steep roof surface.
Yes, but only by a professional. NOTE: High levels of water pressure can be damaging to concrete tile surfaces. A sufficient pressure level to clean the tiles and not harm the surface should be determined before starting the cleaning process.
The concrete roof tile produced in Eagle’s Phoenix, Arizona plant has received hail impact resistance certification through the Roof Covering Impact Certification Program of Architectural Testing. Eagle’s Malibu, Capistrano, Bel Air and Ponderosa tile profiles have a Class 3 rating while the Estate tile profile has a Class 4 rating. The test procedure used is that of FM 4473 whereby ice balls of various sizes are propelled at high velocity directly at the roofing material simulating the real world actuality of a hail storm. The resulting rating scale, based on dimension of the ice balls, velocity and kinetic energy, provides a class ranking between 1 and 4 with 4 being the highest rating and therefore providing the best protection. Eagle is proud to offer tile products receiving Class 3 (1 ¾" ice balls) and Class 4 (2" ice balls) ratings.
The concrete roof tile produced in Eagle’s Phoenix, Arizona plant has received hail impact resistance certification through the Roof Covering Impact Certification Program of Architectural Testing. This certification has qualified Eagle product for insurance discounts through State Farm. The State Farm site currently lists available home insurance discounts for premium roofing materials in the following states and provinces: Alberta, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Each state’s discounts vary and it is best to check with your insurance agent for specifics. The State Farm site provides a list of eligible products, including Eagle concrete roof tile, by state. Follow this link to learn more: http://www.statefarm.com/insurance/other/roofinfo.asp.