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Advantages of Roof Tiles for a Home

by Lily Carroll

When building or replacing a residential roof, you need to choose which cladding material to put in place. One possibility is tiling and its advantages are explained below.

Profile Variety

Tiles come in various profiles, shapes and designs to suit different architectural styles and roof pitches. You could install wave-shape tiles that overlap for a classic look. Other forms include shingles and modern angular tiles. Whether your home is heritage, cottage or contemporary, a harmonious profile is available.

As well as thinking about your homes' aesthetic when selecting a contour, you need also to factor in the roof pitch. Each tile shape is designed to work on specific slopes, which your roofing expert can explain. Basically, you need to install a tile that suits the roof pitch of your home.

Colour Options

Tiles also offer plenty of colour options, allowing you to create a pleasing roof that matches the external walls, window trim and the surrounding landscape. Cream, charcoal, blue and fawn are several possibilities. With terracotta and ceramic, the colour is fused within the tile as it bakes in the kiln so it won't fade in the elements. Conversely, with concrete tiles, the colour is often painted on after they're formed. Thus, these tiles can fade over time. However, other concrete versions are made from cement that contains colouring pigments, so with these ones, the colour runs throughout the tile rather than just covering the surface.

Energy Efficiency

Tiles help make your home more energy-efficient by taking advantage of natural elements to steady indoor temperatures. Terracotta and concrete both have a high thermal mass, which means they absorb the sun's heat during the day and stop it from flowing into your home.  Hours later, during the evening, they release the stored warmth. The effect of this is to create a more consistent indoor environment — your home will be cooler in the day and warmer at night as a result.

When you install a tile roof, you should lay down sarking — a reflective foil blanket that sits on top of the rafters and underneath the tiles. Not only will this overlay reflect heat, but it will seal the roof from moisture. Sometimes, wind can blow rain sideways during a storm, and sarking will stop water from seeping between the tiles and getting into the crawl space where it can cause rot and mould to develop.

If you have additional questions about tile roofs, contact a local roofing contractor.