Bergen County Roofing: Article About Clay and Concrete Roofing Tiles

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Homeowners interested in adding a unique touch to the exterior of their homes should consider the different types of roofing materials on the market. When compared to traditional black shingles, clay and concrete tiles can add some color and texture to the appearance of a home and create a new kind of curb appeal. Contacting a Bergen County Roofing professional is the best way to discover the wide variety of colors and types of roofing tiles available for residential properties.

Tiles now come in an array of colors and patterns. Different profile patterns can create a unique look where traditional roofing is typically bland. Most tiles are made of either clay or concrete, which is then extruded to form the tile shapes. Homeowners can design their new roofs with a range of one or two piece tiles, which include interlocking and flat designs. These tiles are then glazed and sometimes colored with synthetic additives to create many different shades of red, brown, tan and other colors. After curing, roofing tiles can be installed and expected to last for many years.

The experts at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County roofing companies can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, gutters or skylights.

Clay and concrete tile roofs do require underlayment material, and most roofing contractors use the same asphalt saturated felt that they use for shingle roofs. However, there are also some newer synthetic underlayment options available as well. A well maintained tile roof can outlive the lifespan of the underlayment and decking materials below it, so it is important to purchase materials that are rated for a similar lifespan to the tiles. Otherwise, the roofing tiles may be wasted if they need to be removed for repairs to the lower layers.

One factor that is unique to clay and concrete roof tiles is that they are usually designed with a lug at the top of the tile, which allows them to be hung over a batten and secured. Battens can be installed based on the size of the roofing tiles, and will help to support the weight of the tiles themselves. In addition, clips and other attachment methods will be used to secure the tiles in place to keep them from lifting in high wind and other weather conditions. Tile roofs also usually include different tiles that are designed specifically to cap the gables, hips and ridges of the roof to protect against water getting in at places where the tiles will not overlap. These are used in conjunction with traditional flashing to keep water out.

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