How to Choose Between Colorbond Tile or Concrete Tile Roofing
While concrete tiles have been used throughout Australia for over 75 years and remain the first choice for many homeowners, installations of Colorbond roofs has increased significantly in recent years. Originally developed in the USA, the technique of bonding paint to a galvanised base has undergone extensive refinements here in Australia to create a non-combustible roofing material. It also not only has outstanding resistance to corrosion, chipping, peeling, and cracking, but also offers an aesthetically pleasing solution for all kinds of roofs.
Taking a look at the aesthetics
There’s no doubt that concrete tile roofs continue to be a popular and cost-effective way of recreating the appearance of more expensive terracotta tiles. They’re available in a variety of colours to contrast or complement the rest of the building, and with the advent of new production techniques, you can either opt for a traditional look for your roof or something more modern.
A more lightweight option
One major advantage of using Colorbond over concrete tiles is the difference in weight. Colorbond is extremely lightweight, meaning that much lighter roof framing can be utilised and rafters can be spaced wider apart. Unlike concrete tiles, which tend to absorb a percentage of rainwater before it runs off, Colorbond roofing weighs the same whether it’s wet or dry. If you’re considering adding a traditional Australian verandah to your property, it’s advised that you choose Colorbond roofing, as it’s suitable for use with flat roofs, minor pitches, and steep pitches.
Resilience, weathering and thermal insulation
The Colorbond manufacturing process produces a material that is far more resilient and weather-resistant than traditional concrete tiles, thus requiring less money on maintenance. Colorbond can withstand pretty much anything the Australian weather can throw at it, and it’s also non-combustible. However, this resilience can be a disadvantage if you need to add a vent, flue, or air conditioning after the roof has been installed, as it’s extremely difficult to penetrate.
Looking at maintenance costs
It’s worth taking maintenance costs into account before making your decision. Concrete tiles are more fragile than corrugated metal, making them more prone to cracking and leakages. It’s also more common to experience ridge capping problems and leaf blockages with concrete tiles.
How to Install Clay Roof Tile
Clay roof tiles are very popular as they create an attractive mediterranean look. They’re durable and lightweight, making them ideal for certain roofs, and they offer better insulation when compared to similar materials such as ceramic tiles. When installing clay tiles, picking the right size, color and installation method, which depends on the type of clay tile, are important factors.
The Right Slope
Clay tiles work well on roofs with slopes greater than 20 degrees. As the slope increases, it enhances the aesthetics of the tile, making it ideal for cathedral-type roofs. Before starting, make sure that the surface is level; if it’s not, apply mortar or a thin-set product to level the surface.
The Right Roofing Underlay
One of the most important considerations for installing clay tile is to have a great roofing underlay. The material used below the clay tile is a critical factor that will affect the tile’s durability. Normally, the underlay is made from asphalt-saturated roofing material covering all area below the tile clay cover. Ensure that it’s properly attached or installed or you can end up with overlying tiles pretty quickly. Install an extra layer near the roof edge and in valleys to protect the surface even more. As a minimum, cover all decks with two layers of No. 30 asphalt-impregnated roofing felt or one layer of No. 43 coated base sheet.
Choosing the Right Clay Tile
Choose clay tiles based on the climate of your geographic area as they are manufactured to withstand different environmental conditions.
The most common type of clay tiles include:
Slate: Thin rectangular sections of rock that come in varying sizes and thicknesses.
Plain Tiles: Small rectangular sections of clay with a smooth or sanded surface finish.
Pantiles: A distinctive clay tile with an “S” shaped profile.
Roman Tiles: Similar to pantiles but with a cross-section that is flat with a small role.
WAYS TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROOF COLOUR
Colours should follow the style of the building
If your house is being built to reflect a certain architectural style, then choosing the traditional colour scheme associated with it will often be your best choice and will give you an overall look that is consistent and uniform throughout. If you’re wanting to achieve a more contemporary look to your home you need to pick different colours than what you would choose for a traditional or Mediterranean house. You can enhance or ruin the style of your house with the colour choice of your roof. What roof colours are the right ones for modern houses? Charcoal, black and dark grey roof colours go well with modern style houses depending on the colours of walls and windows, doors, of course. While red roofs are a good match with traditional and Mediterranean houses. Make sure you do not mix these up otherwise you may end up with a house which is not harmonious in its look.
Colours must be long lasting
All new product looks beautiful. OK, almost all. But we can certainly say that most of the roofing tiles of any manufacturer look great with exciting colour range and lovely colour shades. However, what is often overlooked: how long that beautiful new colour will last on the roof? You will need to enquire about the warranty of the product and also about the colour’s ‘shelf life’. There are roofing products, which cannot cope with the extremes of hot summers with UV radiation and cold winters with ice and hail
Local authorities’ permission
Unfortunately it is not always up to us which colour we choose for our roof. Ensure that you carefully check the building permit and pick a colour which is in line with local regulations. This way you can prevent fines and negative consequences. To be on the safe side make sure that the colour designing process is well communicated between your architect and local authorities
With climate change this factor is playing a bigger role and still often gets overlooked for the sake of style. You will need to take this into consideration especially if you plan to turn the attic into a living space with bedrooms. Lighter colors will reflect the heat making the attic a better space to live in. While darker colours absorb the heat, increasing the temperature in the attic during long hot summers. The black shingles sheating was ten degrees warmer then the white ones, but there is very little difference for grays and browns.
INSTALLING ROOF TILES
Upgrade Your Home with a New Roof
The roof of your home is important, not only for its protection, but also for curb appeal. A good quality and aesthetically-pleasing roof can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home, helping it stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. This is especially true if you pick a unique roofing material, like tile. Though tile roofs have been around for centuries, they have become increasingly popular in recent years because of the many colorful options and styles available.
Types of Roof Tiles
While many roof tiles look similar in structure, they come in numerous colors giving homeowners plenty of options. Perhaps you want to make a statement with a bold roof color that contrasts with the rest of your home. There’s an option for that. Maybe you want something more neutral, like gray or brown. There’s an option for that, too. The possibilities are truly endless. There are numerous styles of roof tiles as well, from low pitch to large format to double-roman style
Benefits of Roof Tiles
If you’re getting ready to install a new roof at your home or replace your existing roof, you’re likely weighing your options about which material will best fit your needs. You want to choose a roofing material that performs well but also matches your aesthetic style. There’s no fun in having a plain or boring home. Roofing tiles add a flair of style while also being strong and durable
They make an excellent option for the following reasons:
Safety: Tiles are non-combustible, making them safe against fires. If a wildfire occurs in your area or a neighbor’s home catches fire, a tile roof may save your home by preventing the spread of the fire.
Maintenance: There is very little maintenance to do when it comes to tile roofing, which means less work for you.
Resistance: Roof tiles are resistant to rotting and insect boring, helping to protect your home from damage or infestation.
Style: Tile roofing is unlike any other roofing material and has a unique look. This new style can add significant value to your home.
Energy Efficiency: Tile roofing is more efficient than standard shingles, helping you save money on utility bills.
Durability: Tile roofs are incredibly durable compared to other roofing materials and have a long lifespan, usually lasting as many as 50 years.
Tile Roof Maintenance
While no roofing material can survive without some maintenance, tile roofing has significantly lower maintenance requirements than other materials. As with all homes, you should be sure to remove debris from both the roof and gutters regularly to prevent clogged gutters and downspouts. It’s also a good idea to clean the tiles regularly, as they can collect dirt, grime, and algae that hinder their appearance
How Long Do Concrete Tile Roofs Last?
The new roof tiles are made from materials such as steel, concrete and even clay; a substance used for over a thousand years that still adorns the roofs of many classic buildings throughout western Europe. Concrete and clay are especially durable and perform admirably in all climates and weather conditions. Extremely attractive, some even have a wood-like finish; they can add financial value to your house and certainly contribute stylishly to the overall makeup of the property. Concrete tile roofs often last 50 years or more. Clay tile or slate tile roofs are two of the best roofing systems and can last up to 100 to 150 years or so, especially when combined with quality underlayment.
How Much Life Remains In My Old Tile Roof?
If you have roof tiles that have not been replaces in more than a quarter of a century, they need to be evaluated by a qualified professional. Right Way Roofing, Inc. has a well-deserved reputation for their quality in this area. They can establish the remaining life in the current roof and work with you to make a new roof plan. Generally, you will have to reset new flashings and install a good quality underlayment if you are using the old tile. If the previous style is no longer available, then it is an ideal time to consider new tiling. You will at least want to make plans for a full roof replacement within 5 years.
How Long Does Concrete Tile Underlayment Last?
You probably know how important it is to lay underlay on the floor before you install a carpet. It adds a level of protection to the carpet, adds comfort and makes the carpet warmer to walk on. Underlayment is also a vital part of the roofing process. The pro’s at Right Way Roofing, Inc. are specialists who can help you choose the correct underlayment for your brand-new roof! The underlayment helps to prevent water intrusion and protects the roofing deck under extreme conditions.
Roofing underlayment is an extra layer of protection for your home. It does a lot more than shingles alone to protect your house in all kinds of climates and to withstand many kinds of weather events. Depending on weather and climate conditions, a good quality underlayment can last 25 years or more but it should always be regularly inspected to ensure it is doing the job properly.