Concrete Roofing Tile

Concrete Roof Tile Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you’re in the market for a new concrete tile roof, there’s a chance you may have a few questions. Get all the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding concrete roof tile, as well as some you may not have thought of, below.

What is concrete roof tile made out of?

Concrete roof tile is made from four natural products: sand, cement, water and iron oxide.

Why should I choose concrete roof tile over the common roofing material – asphalt shingles?

Concrete roof tiles offer an array benefits that asphalt shingles simply cannot provide. For example, concrete roof tiles have the ability to last the life of a structure, are Class A fire resistant and tested to the highest of standards to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. Also, due to concrete roof tile’s materials and installation methods, they do not absorb heat like asphalt shingles do. Instead, the heat is reflected back into the atmosphere and the air flow between the tiles and the roof serve as an insulator. The materials that concrete roof tiles are made of are also eco-friendly and recyclable. Asphalt shingles consist of lesser eco-friendly petroleum-based product that is not recyclable and often end up in landfills. In addition, the exterior possibilities available with asphalt shingles are limited. When choosing concrete roof tiles, you are presented with a wide range of colors and profiles that meet any exterior design need.

Are there any benefits to a color bonded tile vs. a color-through tile?

Color bonded/slurry tiles are manufactured with the coloring concentrated at the top of the tile, as opposed to being directly mixed into the entire mixture like color-through tiles. This allows for a higher reflectance value (fraction of sun energy reflected by roof on a scale of 0-100%), a shinier appearance and makes it easier to keep clean. However, whether the tile is color bonded or color-through, the inherent benefits of concrete roof tile remain.

Do the tiles fade?

For color through tiles, meaning pigment is added to the concrete roof tile mixture during manufacturing, the pigment will last indefinitely. Varying degrees of color softening may occur after extended exposure to the elements. However, this occurs to a lesser degree with roof tile than with most other roofing materials.

How does concrete roof tile perform in areas of the country susceptible to freeze/thaw conditions?

All concrete roof tiles, excluding color bonded/slurry tiles, adhere to the freeze-thaw requirements set forth throughout the country. This is due to the insusceptibility of the tile to hold moisture and freeze within the body of the tile. Also, 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.

Is there a warranty offered on concrete roof tile?

Every concrete roof tile manufacturer offers some type of warranty on their product but each is different. For example, Eagle offers a Limited Transferrable Lifetime Warranty, which includes manufacturing defects of the tile. Be sure to obtain warranty specifics from each of your contending manufacturers before making your decision. You’ll want to choose the best available warranty for you and your project.

Can I walk on my tile roof?

To prevent any possible damage or danger with walking on a tile roof, it is recommended that you contact a licensed, bonded and insured roofing professional to perform any roof inspections or cleaning you may need. To find a tile roofing professional in your area, visit Tile Roofing Institute.

What’s the best method for cleaning a tile roof?

If desired, it is suggested that a licensed, bonded and insured roofing professional or cleaning company be used to clean your roof. To remove dirt, algae or mildew from the roof surface, a pressure cleaner set at a maximum of 1200 psi should be used and the tip of the nozzle should remain 12-24 inches away from the tile. The addition of a mildew inhibiting solution should be limited to a 90 percent water, 10 percent solution ratio. Keep in mind that any dirt, algae or moss that may grow on the surface of the roof tiles is not affecting the condition of the tiles or their ability to protect the structure.

Can I have concrete roof tile installed on my home or business? I’m concerned concrete roof tile is too heavy.

Most modern day commercial or quality residential structures require little or no additional bracing. Additional costs, if any, to support tiles are usually an extremely small portion of the total project. An engineer can determine if the structure is capable of supporting the weight, or may recommend methods for reinforcement.

How much does a tile roof cost? 

The cost of a concrete tile roof varies depending on the manufacturer. As a general rule, concrete tile roofs cost much less than slate, about two times more than wood shakes, and approximately three times more than heavy weight asphalt shingles. It is important to keep concrete roof tiles’ superior sustainability in mind when deciding upon your roofing material. Concrete roof tiles outlast most other roofing materials and are also incredibly durable. When choosing an asphalt shingle roof, a roof replacement will have to be done every 20 years due to deterioration of the materials, whereas with a concrete tile roof, it will last the life of the structure. Concrete tile roofs can also withstand the most severe weather conditions and their superior aesthetics increase the value of any structure.

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If you have additional questions about concrete roof tile or would like to obtain a sample, feel free to contact us

Manufacturing Concrete Roof Tiles

For centuries, concrete roof tiles have been one of the most popular sloped roofing products due to their unsurpassed beauty and durability. Before modern technology, these tiles were made primarily by hand, or by semi-hand operated machines. Now, the process has transformed into a strategic, mechanical method that has enabled concrete roof tile manufacturing plants to meet the growing needs of building industry.

The production process of concrete roof tiles begins with combining four natural products: sand, cement, water and iron oxide. These natural ingredients will go through a series of tests to ensure they meet the standards for proper production. Coloring agents are added to the mixture, along with various additives, when necessary. The mixture is then pressed onto steel molds that create the desired shape of the concrete tile. These molds undergo routine checks and cleanings by a quality control team to prevent sand, cement and sealer from accumulating in the crevasses, as this can lead to tile deformities.

Tiles are then placed into racks and taken to a drying kiln where they will remain for approximately four hours. Once the tiles have hardened, they are removed from the racks and receive a coating of a water-based masonry sealer. This sealer is applied to the surface of the tiles to protect against the natural occurrence of efflorescence. Select tiles will be pulled from the production line every hour to perform break strength tests to ensure the tiles either meet or exceed the code mandated minimum standard for break strength of 300 PSI, or pounds per square inch.

Finally, the tiles are stacked and banded into pallets. Each pallet comprises of approximately 300 square feet of roof coverage. Now the pallets are ready to be placed into stock inventory for future orders, or are shipped to their job site location where they will be installed and remain for years to come.

Although the manufacturing process of concrete roof tiles has changed over time and are now produced in dozens of shape and color variations, the timeless beauty and sustainability remains.   

For more information regarding the manufacturing process of concrete roof tile, visit www.eagleroofing.com, or view Concrete Roof Tile Production – The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability

Concrete Roof Tiles – An Ideal Roofing Product for Commercial Buildings

Make a lasting first impression with any commercial structure by using concrete roof tiles! Residential buildings have a different appeal than commercial. Department stores, entertainment facilities and community structures all have continuous traffic throughout the day creating a never-ending amount of first impressions. The exterior of a commercial structure should draw one’s eye and strike conversation.

While commercial buildings generally have relatively flat or low sloped roofs, as opposed to residential roofs, which are typically conventional or steeply sloped; many commercial buildings are being updated from bland to a more contemporary feel. More and more commercial structures are opting for steeper sloped roofs with concrete roof tile as they tend to be more visually pleasing – elevating the overall curb appeal of their community, while having a roof that lasts 20 – 40 years longer than traditional roofing materials. Concrete tile roofs are an ideal alternative to roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, for these commercial structures, due to their unsurpassed curb appeal, durability traits and energy efficiency benefits.

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Today, materials like concrete roof tiles are gaining more and more popularity with commercial new construction and reroofing structures. When using concrete roof tiles there is an added advantage of repelling the sun rays while keeping the inside of the structure cool, resulting in lower heating and cooling costs and comfortable guests. Concrete roof tiles also last a lifetime and offer a distinctive style for those looking to create a specific exterior appearance.

At Eagle Roofing Products we have multiple profiles to choose from. Initially, concrete roof tiles were known for being red and round, and took the design world by storm in the Sunbelt. Now, concrete roof tiles come in a variety of profile styles from high and medium barrel shaped profiles to our exquisite flat profile. For a Spanish look, S-tile or barrel tile profiles are perfect for commercial buildings that are going for a Spanish or Mediterranean finish, which many obsess and crave for- producing a higher curb appeal and a visually striking appearance.

When browsing through our collection online, one can see the differences between each of our profiles. Our flat profile variety gives designers an option of a rustic or modern feel. The Golden Eagle profile has a smooth centerpiece and gorgeous raking details on each side, making this the perfect profile for a barn-inspired or rustic exterior. Those looking for a more modern feel with clean lines and a smooth surface can decide between our Bel Air or Double Eagle profile.

The options are endless when it comes to concrete roof tile and commercial buildings. All you have to do is imagine and it is possible! For more information on Eagle Roofing Products, our products or vast color offering, visit: https://eagleroofing.com/about-us/team-eagle/sales-teams/

Need creativity inspiration? Jamie’s Design Corner, a monthly blog feature from Jamie Trotter, Eagle’s Lead Design Center Coordinator and Trainer, is a great resource to find creative ways to use our profile styles and color ranges. Read about her favorite roof profiles and get inspired by her design vision on her latest blog.

Eagle Roofing Design Centers: All the Ways We’re Here for You

With eight Design Centers located across the country, Eagle Roofing Products is always by your side. A roof is a major investment and is one of the most noticeable aspects of a building. Our goal is to help simplify the process of creating your dream oasis. Whether it’s new construction or adding a completely new roof to an existing home, our Design Centers are here to help you every step of the way.

Granite Bay CollageStaffed by a design professional who can assist throughout the roof tile selection process, our Design Centers are packed with a multitude of samples – giving you a hands-on experience while selecting the perfect concrete tile. Our Design Center Coordinators are educated professionals with experience in interior/exterior design, many of whom are members of the ASID (American Society of Interior Designers).

To enhance your experience just a little more, Eagle Roofing Products Design Centers are equipped with samples from other manufacturers. While each location’s offerings vary, Coronado Stone as well as Glidden and Sherwin Williams paints are a few examples.

 

Along with a seamless concrete roofing experience, Eagle offers:

  • FREE design consultations in person, via phone or email
  • Assistance coordinating your projects whole exterior package: roof tile colors, stucco, exterior paint colors and stone
  • Product literature and FREE Eagle concrete tile samples
  • Digital roof photos and job site addresses

So, why wait? Book your appointment now.

To find a Design Center in your area, click here. Don’t see a Design Center in your area? No worries! Phone and online consultations are available. Just call the Design Center location that is closest to your area.

Eagle Platinum Tile

Here at Eagle Roofing Products, we are passionate about what we do and what we create. We stand behind our products and always stay on top of the trends, creating concrete roof tiles and products that are sure to amaze.

One might ask, “How can you make an already outstanding product even better?” Well, through our partnership with Industrial Nanotech (a global nanoscience solutions research and development leader) we are now offering a moisture-resistant roof tile that is not only energy efficient but ensures lasting beauty and curb appeal.

How does this product work? This innovative technology is powered by a dual-purpose, deep penetrating clear coating providing the perfect balance of energy efficiency and lasting beauty to our already exquisite Eagle concrete tile. Unlike other sealants and coatings that stay on the surface of the tile, when applied, this patented coating seeps deep down into the tile. Not only does Eagle Platinum Tile insulate and reduce heat transfer in and out of the structure home 365 days a year, but studies show that this technology can reduce heating and cooling costs between 20 percent and 40 percent in just a short time.

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What else makes Eagle Platinum Tile so great?

 

  • Resistant to Growth – Mold, mildew, bacteria, algae, streaks, and stains
  • Weathering Resistance – Protection from elements such as salt sea spray (not part of the warranty)
  • Environmentally Friendly – Low VOC compliant, water-based, non-toxic, non-flammable
  • Excellent UV Resistance – Reduces color degradation (not part of the warranty)
  • Clear Coat – Does not obscure the roof’s beauty
  • Breathable – Does not promote condensation or moisture build up
  • Long -Term Performance and Protection

 

Eagle Platinum is available on most color through Eagle tile- not including Ponderosa, slurry or Artisan.

For more information on this top-of-the-line product, please visit www.eagleroofing.com/products/eagle-platinum-tile/.

Eagle Technical Bulletin: Turrets

Eagle Roof Tile is often the perfect complement to houses with distinctive architectural features.  One such feature that is seen on both historical homes and, more and more, on new custom homes is the turret.  Turrets are conical roofs that provide a uniquely elegant flare to homes of distinction.  They can also provide a uniquely daunting challenge to anyone trying to install roofing.  While roofing a turret requires extra effort, there are some steps that can make it less intimidating to tackle.

2773-WlntCrkBlendStep 1: Be Safe- In many cases, turret roofs tend to be steeper and higher than average.  It is vitally important to protect yourself using accepted safety equipment (i.e. harnesses, toe-boards, scaffolding).  These measures will protect you and, in the case of scaffolding, can actually make the job a little easier.

Step 2: Do the Math- A turret is basically a cone with a circle at its base.  There are a few measurements that you will need, to get started.  First, find the circumference of the circle, either by measuring around the eave of the turret (if possible) or by measuring the diameter of the circle and multiplying by 3.14.  Then you divide that number by the exposed width of the tile.  That will tell you how many tiles you will need for each course.  Dividing the rafter length by the exposed length of the tile will tell you how many courses you will need.

Step 3: Make a template-  Think of a turret or cone as a collection of equal triangles.  Once you have the measurements for one triangle, you need only repeat.  To make cutting your tiles easier, make a template from plywood, OSB or cardboard.  Lay your chosen template material on the ground, measure out and mark the rafter length and snap a straight line.  At one end of your new line (the bottom) measure half of the tile width to either side of the line and mark.  Then snap two lines from the top to the two new marks.  You will end up with a triangle that will guide you in making your cuts.

Step 4: Cut your tile- Using your template you can make the cuts for each course of the triangle.  You will then repeat those cuts for the number of triangles in the cone.  You already have this number from when you divided the circumference by the exposed width of a tile.  The best part is that all cuts can be made on the ground before you install.  You will also want make sure to drill nail holes in the tiles since you will be removing so much of the top of each tile.

Step 5: Snap lines- The last step before installing the tile is to snap guide lines.  Use half the exposed width of the first course tile and make marks, repeating that measurement around the entire eave.  Then you can secure a chalk line at the top of the cone and work your way around, snapping lines.  These lines will allow you to center each tile as you install.

Step 6: Install the roof- Installation will require a large number of fasteners, so a self-sealing underlayment would be best.  Now that you have done all of the prep work, you can install the tiles using mechanical fasteners.

At Eagle we are excited to bring you simple elegant solutions.  We want to help you create projects of distinction that stand out from the rest.  If you have any questions regarding this or any other exclusive look or if you have any other questions, please contact us.

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.