Shingles vs Tile roofing

How Do Concrete Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

ASnow Tile Roofs parts of the country are dealing with yet another brutal winter storm, it seems like a good time to discuss the best materials for protecting your home against the elements. While most homes in areas prone to snow tend to boast asphalt shingles, there are far superior materials available for cold-weather roofing.

 

We all know that concrete roofing tiles are popular in hot, sunny states due to their energy-saving, highly insulating properties. Those attributes also work to keep out the cold, meaning lower bills for heating the structure.

The density and durability of concrete tiles made by Eagle Roofing Products make them a prime choice for buildings in cold or high freeze-thaw cycling areas. Unlike more porous materials like asphalt, concrete tiles are not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. Concrete tiles also have 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.

As an added measure, Eagle uses specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets.

Speaking of damage caused by ice and snow accumulation, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that, “If installed properly the first time, theres really not much that has to be done to maintain a tile roof.” While we cannot promise our roofs will always be damage-free, they are far less prone to such costly issues and require much less work to keep them that way. This comes in handy during snow storms when the odds of convincing a roofing repair company to come fix a weather-damaged roof are practically zero.

Basically, you could not ask for a better roof system during a snow storm.

For more information, visit our website at www.eagleroofing.com or call 1-888-TILE-ROOF, 24/7.

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.

Why You Should Consider Upgrading to Tile Roofing

You see homes with asphalt shingles every day. They are very common. But, if you are considering a re-roof project or a roof material for a new house or building, why not consider something…..well, better?
There are several reasons why tile roofing is a superior product. First of all, it’s a better value. If you need to sell your house or building, a tile roof will help not only to make it more attractive, but add a higher value on your investment.
Asphalt shingles are ok, but they cannot match the beauty of clay and concrete roof tiles. The numerous styles,
hundreds of colors, and variety of finishes available with roof tile allow you to create a roof to suit nearly any architectural style or one
that is entirely unique. The possibilities are endless.

Roof tile is tried and true. It has been used for centuries worldwide and for many
good reasons. Both clay roof tile and its modern partner, concrete, are not
only beautiful but also extremely durable. With proper building design and
installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years or more. They do not rot in wet
climates and are not susceptible to destruction by pests. Tile roofs can be
used in any climate or region and can withstand fire, earthquakes, the severest weather conditions, including hail, wind and snow. For these reasons, most roof tile manufacturers offer product warranties of at least 50 years.

Clay and concrete tiles are environmentally friendly as well. Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from natural materials that do not deplete precious resources. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives. Also, old
tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Finally, a simple comparison
of lifecycle costs makes it clear that a tile roof is one of the best available today.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

What a Class “A” Rated Tile Roof System Means

Every year we hear on the news about homes being consumed in wildfires. The thought of a horrific incident like that sends shivers down any homeowners’ spine. Even if you live in an area where wildfires are not likely, lightning strikes or just freak accidents are possible. There’s no sure way to prevent such atrocities, but research does show that tile roofs rank the highest (class A) and are proven to be more durable than most other roofing materials.
“Most people don’t realize that there are many things they can do to safeguard their home from serious damage due to wildfires, storms and even earthquakes,” says Tile Roofing Institute Managing Director, Jeanne Sheehy. “Taking just a few precautionary measures can go a long way towards helping homeowners minimize the damage that can occur from these kinds of natural disasters.”

Investigations have shown that a majority of fires start when embers ignite non-fire-resistant roofs. Because all concrete and clay tile roofs offer a non-combustible Class A fire rating – the highest possible fire resistant rating available – they can play an important role in protecting your home in a fire. Furthermore, Class “A” rated tile roof systems are usually eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.

The roof is the most vulnerable part of any home during a wildfire. Since tile roof tiles are noncombustible, they enhance a structure’s level of fire safety. Roofing tiles last a long time and they do not rot, curl, rust or burn, especially tiles made of cement mixtures. In fact, the longer tiles are exposed, the more durable they become. By design, a tile roof is allowing air circulation under the tile, which reduces heat transfer to the attic during a fire.

Tile roofs achieve the highest attainable fire rating for both the product and installed system. The Class A fire rating includes tests for spread of flame, intermittent flame, and the burning brand.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

(Source: Tile Roofing Institute)

Storm Related Roofing Expenses Bring Shingle Prices Up

Jim Stickland of Atlanta Action 2 news reported last week the headline, “Prices are going through the roof!” and he’s right. There has been a massive price increase that took place on March 1, 2013 for shingles. It is also reported that the prices will increase again on April 15, 2013. A bundle of shingles will now cost….a bundle! Shingle manufacturers are shipping more shingles to areas in the Hurricane Sandy areas which is leaving a smaller supply in the south.

The market leader Owens Corning has raised prices by double digits. This price increase has a big affect on everyone because it trickles down to the homeowners who have to pay more for their insurance premiums. So, even if you don’t need a new roof or roof repairs, you can still be affected.

It has already been reported that Allstate went up 9.9% in April of last year and State Farm has reported a 7% increase. Storm-related roofing expenses are a major reason for this change.

“The more this damage occurs, the more the insurance companies are laying out. They have to maintain their financial stability as well,” said Dave Colmans of the Georgia Insurance Information Service.

What does this mean for a homeowner in general? Tile shingles should be considered for your next roofing or re-roofing project. The durability, long lasting and long term investment– tile roofing is superior. It is the most cost-effective way to protect your biggest investment.