Last week’s blog introduced you to this two-part blog series about the green roofing options of metal and tile. In last week’s blog, we talked about metal roofing. This week, we’re covering the original green roofing material, tile roofing.
When the first tile roof was installed, no one considered the impact on the environment. And, it turns out, there’s very little in the manufacture of clay tile roofing, considered one of the original roofing materials that negatively impacts the environment. You can find some tile roofs that are hundreds of years old still doing their job. That’s not to say tile roofing doesn’t require maintenance or repair, but as a material, it will outlast your ownership of the home. Here are some ways tile is considered a green roofing material.
Uses Few Natural Resources
Whether you choose clay or concrete tile roofing, you’re not significantly depleting natural resources like asphalt shingles. Clay tiles are made from clay. Some have a glaze coating to enhance the color or texture of the tiles. Cement tiles are made from a combination of Portland cement, sand and water. Some may have dyes to enhance the color of the tile but much of the coloring is determined by the color of the sand used in the tile itself. If you find yourself replacing a tile roof, the tiles can be recycled.
Strong & Long Lasting
Concrete tiles are among the longest lasing roofing materials available today. Most have a Class 4 rating which feature high wind and hail resistance. That means your roofing shouldn’t sustain damage even in the strongest of hail storms. The next time your neighbor with an asphalt roof has hail damage and has to get a new roof, you’ll likely remain unscathed and have no environmental impact. And, even if there’s not a storm, they’ll replace their roof at least twice in the time yours will last.
Air is a natural insulator. Because of how they’re installed, there is an air pocket between your tiles and the roof deck which helps limit the heat that transfers into your attic and eventually your home. Tile roofing provides excellent insulative properties helping to reduce your use of electricity to cool your home. Tile roofing comes in a wide array of colors so you can choose a light color to further increase your roof’s energy-efficiency. An added bonus: it also helps insulate against noise so if you’re near the Coast Guard Air Station or the airport, you’ll hear less.
If you’re looking for an energy efficient roofing material, you can’t go wrong with metal, clay or concrete roofing. They all last longer than traditional asphalt shingles, require few natural resources and can be easily recycled at the end of their life – which is two to four times longer than asphalt. Suncoast Roofing Solutions offers several quality brands of both metal and tile roofing products. Call us at (813) 283-2544 or fill out our contact form for your free roof replacement consultation and estimate.