Concrete Roofing Tile

Layers of a Concrete Tile Roof

A concrete tile roof is comprised of a system of components that work together to protect the structure it is installed on from the outside elements. Manufacturers, such as Eagle Roofing Products, proudly create concrete roof tiles that are Class A fire tested, hail/impact resistant, Miami-Dade high velocity hurricane zone approved and freeze-thaw rated; however, in order for a tile roof to rise to its upmost protection potential, all essential layers of the roof system must be present and installed properly. These layers include:

Framing: the structural framework of wood trusses designed to bridge the space above a room and provide and support the weight of all the materials used to build your roof.

Roof Deck: the roofing material that sits on top of the roof trusses, often made from sheets of plywood.

Eave Drip Edge Flashing: perimeter metal flashing installed to protect raw edges of roof deck from water penetration.

Underlayment: a water shedding membrane that is usually made of felt or fiberglass paper that covers the entire roof deck, preventing the passage of water to the underlying layers of the roof system.

Ventilation: located at specific points throughout the roof, attic vents encourage air movement up through the roof system, allowing warm, moist air to escape.

Flashing: an impervious material used to cover, waterproof and direct water away from penetrating seams where different materials meet on the roof.

Eave Riser/Bird Stop/Eave Closure: a strip of metal under the concrete roof tile that prevents wildlife intrusion while providing proper rise for the eave course (first row of tile) for flat tiles and closes the convex opening below the eave course for barrel profiles.

Concrete Roof Tile: made from sand, cement and water, concrete roof tiles are an interlocking roof covering material that are available in various surface appearances, edge treatments and profiles/shapes to emulate other popular roof coverings while providing added benefits in energy efficiency, sustainability and durability.

For more information on the layers of a concrete tile roof, additional components used and how they are installed, visit the Tile Roofing Institute or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Winterizing Your Concrete Tile Roof

With the upcoming holiday season approaching, the frigid temperatures and snowy conditions of winter are not far behind. Take a look at these tips to make sure your concrete tile roof is prepared to keep your home warm, cozy and protected all winter long.

Clean gutters and downspouts. With outside temperatures dropping, trees will begin shedding their leaves, limbs and branches, if they haven’t done so already. Make sure your gutters are clear of this debris so that rainwater and melting snow can drain properly. Failure to do so may cause water to back up onto the roof, freeze, and create ice dams, which can cause extensive damage to your roof. Regions that do not endure freezing temperatures can also experience damage due to clogged gutters. Areas affected can include the landscaping, roof decking, stucco and even the foundation.

Trim overhanging tree limbs. The increased wind speeds and the extra weight of snow can cause overhanging tree limbs to bend and break with the potential to land directly onto your roof.  This could lead to damaged roof tiles and water intrusion issues.

Look for any troubling areas. This includes broken or cracked tiles and damaged flashing on the roof, as well as any signs of water intrusion in the attic. When inspecting these areas, you’ll want to use a ladder and proper safety equipment. Be sure the ladder is securely footed and remember to never walk on an icy roof. It is advised that you contact a licensed and bonded roofing contractor to take a closer look and perform a thorough inspection and/or repair.

Once you have taken the necessary steps to winterize your concrete tile roof and had it professionally inspected by a licensed and bonded roofing contractor, you can rest assured that your home is ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

For more information regarding tile roof maintenance, visit Eagle’s Quick Facts page or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Eagle Makes Specifying Concrete Roof Tile Easy for Architects

When it comes to planning and designing commercial and residential projects, Eagle Roofing Products wants to make specifying and learning about our products an effortless process for design professionals. That’s why we offer a multitude of resources at your disposal, including:

In addition, Eagle has partnered with Ron Blank and Associates and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to become a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES). We gladly facilitate various opportunities for design professionals to earn their AIA LU/HSW CE Hours:

  • EAG07A Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 1 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hour: This one-hour online course takes an in-depth look at concrete roof tiles including design options, manufacturing and installation processes, testing and code compliance, and sustainable attributes and lifecycle cost analysis.
  • IEA07-A Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 1 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hour: Presented in a Lunch ‘n Learn classroom setting by an InfoSpec registered Subject Matter Expert, participants will enjoy a complimentary catered lunch as they engage in an informative concrete roof tile specific 50-minute PowerPoint presentation concluded by a 10-minute Q&A session period.
  • IEA07-B Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 2 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hours: This interactive two-hour course will take an in-depth look at concrete roof tiles and their manufacturing process from the introduction of raw materials to the finished product. Sustainable attributes, testing and code compliance will also be discussed.
  • Coming Soon. Concrete Tile Roofing – The World’s Most Sustainable and Energy Efficient Roof System 1 AIA/Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Hour: visit eagleroofing.com for updates and details.

For questions regarding specification tools, or to learn more about Eagle’s CE courses available to you, contact your local Eagle Account Representative today!

Concrete Roof Tile: Weight Equals Strength

It is well known that tile roofs are generally heavier in weight than other roofing materials. While this is commonly perceived as a disadvantage, it’s actually quite beneficial! The weight of concrete roof tiles in particular results in added energy efficiency, durability and longevity.

The density of concrete roof tiles leads to high thermal mass, which represents the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. This means that during summer months, the tiles absorb heat, keeping the house comfortable. In winter, the same thermal mass can store the heat from the sun to release it at night and help the home stay warm. In addition, independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that roof tiles have the ability to cut the transfer of heat by up to 50% when compared to other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles.

Another benefit that the weight of concrete roof tile offers is superior strength and ratings. When installed properly, concrete roof tiles are able to resist the harshest of weather conditions and are known to last as long as the structure it’s supporting. Manufacturers, such as Eagle Roofing Products, are proud to call their tile Class A fire resistant, hail/impact resistant, Miami-Dade high velocity hurricane zone approved and freeze-thaw rated.

The aforementioned durability trait of the concrete roof tiles results in an unbeatable lifespan. When compared to other roofing materials in a study performed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the lifespan of tile roofs far exceeds that of any other roofing material with just 1 reroof needed within a 75-year time period. That means concrete tile roofs can last 3-4 times as long as a temporary asphalt shingle roofs and cost 1/3 of the price at the end of the roof’s life.

Even with all of these benefits of concrete roof tile’s weight listed, you may still be wondering how your house or commercial property will support the weight of the roof system. Well, houses with pre-engineered trusses, more often than not, are capable of supporting a tile roof. If a roof has conventional framing, or no pre-engineered trusses, an engineer can be consulted to assess the load capacity. Often times, upgrades to framing are minimal, if necessary at all. Some manufacturers are even known to reimburse a portion of the cost for an engineering report.

Don’t let the weight of concrete roof tiles limit your options to less permanent alternatives with low energy efficiency capabilities, durability and longevity. Contact your local Eagle Roofing Products Account Representative today to begin your concrete roof tile selection process!

Key Features and Benefits of Concrete Tile Roofs

For centuries, tile roofs have withheld a reputation as the most durable, timeless roofing material available. Concrete roof tiles in particular take these benefits a step further in their design capabilities, testing and sustainability. Let’s take a look at just how beneficial selecting a concrete tile roof can be!

Design

Concrete roof tiles are available in a wide variety of colors. In fact, concrete roof tile manufacturers such as Eagle Roofing Products offer over 150 color options. From monochromatic hues, to light and dark ranges, to multi-colored blends, selecting concrete roof tiles as your material of choice makes it easy to coordinate your roof with any exterior color palette.

They are also offered in a multitude of profiles – emulating clay, wood shakes and natural slate – to match any architectural style. This makes the selection process easy for any new construction or reroof project.

Durability

Concrete tile roofs have the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material, are Class A fire rated and, in most cases, can meet up to a Class 4 hail rating as described in FM 4473. When properly installed, they can withstand sustained wind speeds up to 180mph and offer an added layer of built-in protection as the tile itself provides a tough, water shedding outer shell with the underlayment working as an extra shield.

Green Building

With such low life cycle costs, concrete roof tiles are able to meet LEED and Energy Star requirements. They are also environmentally friendly as they are produced without the worry of depleting limited natural resources, are fully recyclable and do not contain chemical preservatives.

According to independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concrete roof tiles are highly reflective and have the ability to cut the transfer of heat compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, by up to 50%. They also facilitate natural air ventilation that creates a heat transfer barrier, providing the benefit of a cooler house in the summer and a warmer house in the winter, as well as lower heating and cooling costs.

To conclude, concrete roof tiles are manufactured to meet any architectural need, are able to withstand the harshest of weather conditions when installed properly, and possess inherent benefits that other common roofing materials, such as metal and asphalt shingles, do not. So, if you’re in the market for a new roof, choose one that can withstand the tests of time while remaining aesthetically stunning; choose a concrete tile roof!

For more information regarding concrete tile roofs and Eagle Roofing Products, visit the Why Tile? page or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Rakeless Options with Flat Concrete Roof Tile

If you’re considering selecting one of Eagle Roofing Products’ flat concrete roof tile profiles for your home or commercial structure, and want to give the exterior more of a modern style, there are several rakeless detail options you can choose from to deliver this effect.

Traditional flat tile installations include a 90-degree rake piece that goes along the outer sloped edge of the roofline. A rakeless installation, on the other hand, facilitates a sleeker appearance for low profile concrete tile roofs by achieving a sleeker appearance with clean edges along the roofscape. This can be done by using Eagle’s Rake Seal or a metal rake.

Specially designed to fit Eagle concrete roof tile, Rake Seal is a UV and weather resistant foam that prevents intrusion by weather, debris and animals at all rake edges and gable ends. Not only is it an easier, more cost-effective alternative to rake trim, but it is also a practical solution that protects against the elements, while facilitating multiple architectural types, from modern to traditional. Depending on the code requirements in your area, a mudded finish may be added in areas prone to wind driven rain.

The other rakeless method, metal rakes, can be used with all concrete roof tile profile shapes; not just flat. The metal strips are visible along the rake when installed, but can be painted to match the exterior’s trim or fascia color. This offers a more minimalistic look than traditional rake tile, while providing weatherblocking throughout the roof.

Once you have selected a flat concrete roof tile and decided that one of these modern, rakeless installations is what your project needs, consult with your bonded and certified professional roofing contractor. It is important to discuss this option prior to having the tiles ordered and installed as traditional rake tiles will not be ordered.

To view our flat concrete roof tile offerings, or for more information regarding Eagle Roofing Products, visit www.eagleroofing.com.

Choosing a Flat Concrete Roof Tile for Your Home

If you’re in the market for a new roof and are considering one of Eagle Roofing Products’ flat concrete roof tiles, you may have noticed there are quite a few options to choose from. Here’s a quick description of each of the options that are available nationwide to help you determine which will be the perfect fit for your project.

Among the six flat tile profile options, the Bel Air profile is of the simplest with a flat, smooth surface that offers harsh lines and versatility, suitable for a variety of different architectural styles. Selecting this profile will allow you to play around with other exterior elements such as pavers, stonework and landscaping. A different take on this profile, Double Eagle Bel Air has the same smooth surface with a faux split added down the middle of the tile. This look gives subtle dimension to the roofline while remaining clean and modern.

Now transitioning from modern roof options to those with a more enchanting appearance, the Golden Eagle profile emulates wood shakes with the benefits of concrete roof tile. This profile combines a smooth, flat surface with a partial broom swept texture to add exceptional, natural beauty and charm to your home. Another more durable, affordable alternative to natural wood shake is the Ponderosa profile. It has beautifully textured shadow lines that graze its surface to deliver a truly rustic wood appearance.

If a slate-like look is more so what you had in mind, Eagle’s Slate Inspired Collection has two options in that are lighter in weight and more cost effective than natural slate; Textured Slate and Tapered Slate. The Textured Slate profile embodies an exquisite texture, beveled sides and a beautiful edge treatment that adds artful elegance to both modern and classic design styles. Tapered Slate, on the other hand, features a beautiful smooth texture, beveled sides and an aggressive chamfered edge treatment that highlights elegance and unparalleled beauty of traditional slate.

With each of these flat tile profiles offering graceful beauty, rugged strength and enhanced curb appeal, it may be difficult to decide which one is the best option for your roofing project. If you are unsure which profile is right for your roofing needs, schedule an appointment with one of Eagle Roofing Product’s knowledgeable design professionals for a free consultation. For more information on this service, contact your regional Eagle Design Center today!

What Makes Eagle’s Concrete Roof Tiles Different

With so many concrete roof tile manufacturers to choose from, you may be wondering what makes Eagle Roofing Products’ concrete roof tiles different from the rest. Let’s find out!

Eagle’s flat concrete roof tiles are designed with a deeper and thicker water channel than competing tiles. A more substantial water channel ensures rain water properly flows down the roofline and concerns of breakage within this area of the tile are greatly reduced. This particular profile is also made with one continuous projecting anchor lug on the back, which gives it a more secure placement on the roof batten when installed. It can also reduce the chance of slippage and result in a speedier installation than that of the competition. Not to mention, Eagle never discontinues a tile mold, so the tile on your home will never become obsolete.

In addition, the company’s vast array of shapes and colors available makes finding a tile that meets your architectural needs that much easier. Various profiles emulating natural slate, wood shakes and clay can match any architectural style required for either residential or commercial projects. The colors available range from light to dark, muted to pigmented, monochromatic to blends, making coordinating with existing exterior color schemes a breeze.

All tiles manufactured by Eagle are made of natural ingredients and are fully recyclable. They also possess inherent reflective properties that allow the tiles to reflect sunlight and release heat for greater energy efficiency, instead of absorbing it and transferring it from the roof deck and into the structure. As for the testing of the tile, they are tested to the highest of industry standards, resisting the harshest of weather conditions and known to stand as long as the structure it’s supporting. Eagle is proud to call their tile Class A fire resistant, hail/impact resistant, Miami-Dade high velocity hurricane zone approved and freeze-thaw rated.

From the unmatched technical aspects of the tile to the tile’s architectural versatility, Eagle Roofing Products truly strives to manufacture a product that stands out among the rest; one that will be your concrete roof tile of choice.

For more information regarding Eagle Roofing Products and the concrete roof tile products available in your region, visit www.eagleroofing.com.

Add Value to Your Home with a New Concrete Tile Roof

When thinking about potential home improvement projects as a homeowner, a new concrete tile roof probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind; however, it can have one of the biggest impacts on your home value.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, homeowners who have a new roof installed can expect to recover an average of 68.4 percent of the installation cost through increased home value. In addition, the type of roofing material you choose could further bump that value and offer additional benefits that will make your project worthwhile.

When you choose a concrete tile roof, such as those manufactured by Eagle Roofing Products, you are receiving years of protection and peace of mind that other materials, such as asphalt shingles, cannot provide. Concrete roof tiles can resist the harshest of weather conditions and are known to stand as long as the structure it’s supporting. In fact, they are fire resistant, can withstand wind speeds of up to 180mph, are hail/impact resistant and offer freeze-thaw protection, depending on the manufacturer. Not to mention, concrete tile roofs are aesthetically stunning and are available in a multitude of color options and profiles to suit your project’s needs.

In addition, their inherent reflective properties permit the reflection of sunlight, which releases heat for greater energy efficiency instead of absorbing it and transferring it from the roof deck and into the structure. Various concrete roof tiles are also Energy Star RatedCool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) rated and meet the requirements for California Energy Code Title 24. These designations can contribute to limited HVAC usage inside the home, reducing energy costs and the overall temperature extending the life of the roof.

All of these benefits associated with concrete tile roofs will undoubtedly increase the value of your home and provide you with the durability, sustainability, and beauty you are looking for. However, it can’t be stressed enough the importance of proper installation and ensuring that you hire a licensed and bonded tile roofing contractor to do the job.

Find out more information about concrete roof tile and begin browsing today at www.eagleroofing.com.

 

Color Bonded and Color-Through Concrete Roof Tile – What’s the Difference?

If you’re in the process of selecting a new concrete tile roof, you may have heard the terms color bonded, slurry or color-through mentioned by your roofing contractor or Eagle Account Representative. What do these words mean? Let’s find out!

Achieving color within concrete roof tile is done one of two ways during the manufacturing process. One is by applying a concentrated slurry coat of cement-infused pigment to the top surface following extrusion and forming to create slurry/color bonded tile. The other is by mixing the iron oxide coloring directly into the cement prior to being placed into the tile molds. This coloring process produces color-through tile, providing a more subtle appearance with the color being consistent all the way through the tile.

Slurry coated tiles are usually selected when high contrast, bright colors are desired. Essentially, the tile color is baked on, or bonded, to the top of the tile. This allows for a higher reflectance value (fraction of sunenergy reflected by roof on a scale of 0-100%), a shinier appearance and can be easier to clean. These color options are notated with an asterisk (*) in Eagle’s product brochures and website.

Color bonded tile can oxidize and turn chalky before gradually wearing down to the concrete base. The color-through tile, on the other hand, may experience some surface color softening, but will retain its base color indefinitely. This softening can be the result of surface erosion that essentially exposes the grains of aggregate. Periodic cleaning and resealing can rejuvenate and prolong the surface finish of either type of concrete roof tile; however, whether the tile is color bonded or color-through, the inherent benefits of concrete roof tile remain.

No matter which concrete roof tile color you choose, rest assured you will receive an Eagle concrete tile roof that you’ll love for years to come.

To browse Eagle Roofing Products’ complete product offering for your region, visit www.eagleroofing.com.