While concrete tile roofs are a staple throughout the sunbelt region, they are also an exemplary roofing material for our northern and tundra-living customers. Not only are Eagle products elegant and aesthetically pleasing, but there are many additional benefits, especially when installed in those colder regions. Consider the following when it comes to deciding if a concrete tile roof is the ideal choice for cold weather climates.
An Eagle concrete tile roof can withstand extreme temperatures as well as be able to hold extra weight from snow and ice. In northern climates, roof tiles are often installed on a batten system. The benefits of a raised batten system have been recognized for energy savings and roof performance in both cold and hot climates. When installing roof tiles on a batten system, airspace between the roof deck and the roof tiles provides added ventilation and works to minimize damming as well as tile contraction and expansion due to changes in temperature. This reduction of ice dams caused by snow melting and re-freezing offers peace of mind in the winter time.
Our concrete roof tiles are also extremely durable and weather resistant as they are tested to the highest standards of the industry. A properly installed Eagle Tile Roof will withstand the elements through snow, rain, high wind and alternatively scorching heat, outperforming all other roofing materials. This results in: Class A fire resistance, Class 3 and 4 impact resistance, high wind protection, withstanding sustained winds of up to 180mph, and most importantly for those bracing chilly temperatures: freeze-thaw protection (excludes color bonded/ slurry tiles).
Because our products are verifiably made to protect and last the life of the structure, they can survive any harsh weather, especially those grueling winter storms.
In addition to the strength and integrity, concrete tile roofs are also inherently energy efficient. Heavy and dense, they are made with all-natural raw materials- those being sand, cement, water and oxide, which results in the tile’s high thermal mass. During summer, thermal mass absorbs heat during the day and releases it by night to cooling breezes or clear night skies, keeping the house comfortable.
However in winter, the same thermal mass can store the heat from the sun or heaters to release it at night, helping the home stay warm. A strategic installation method helps with energy efficiency too. Tile roofs naturally create airspace because the tile is installed individually rather than in an overlapping sheet style, which allows for more ventilation. This airspace is important because it acts as a thermal barrier between the tiles and roof deck, meaning less cold air or heat will escape into the structure, depending on the season.
Furthermore, Eagle’s Ventilated Roof System is a proven installation method designed to facilitate airflow under the roof tile for increased ventilation, which is easily done by using three valuable roof components: Ventilated Eave Closures for air intake, Eagle’s Arched Battens which drive airflow across the roof deck and O’Hagin vents for air exhaust. Not only are you conserving energy, but also saving money on electricity bills with this recommended process.
While we strongly suggest hiring a licensed, bonded and insured professional to inspect a roof, seldom will you as a homeowner or building owner have to worry about frequent maintenance. Concrete tile roofs are less porous when compared to other roofing materials, so they are easier to clean and maintain. The makeup of the tile in addition to how it is installed minimizes ice-damming, bringing you peace of mind when it comes to checkups, inspections and safety.
No matter where you reside, an Eagle concrete tile roof is suitable for climates in all regions. For more information on concrete roof tile, visit eagleroofing.com or contact your local Eagle Account Representative to learn more!