At LC Joinery Roofing, we have been providing our tiled roof services to customers around St Andrews for over 10 years.
We are professional tiled installers who cover the whole of St Andrews and can be contacted 24/7 for an emergency.
Whether you are looking for help with a full tiled roof replacement, or you need spot repairs, we can help, and we promise to give you the best service and value at all times.
Over the years, we have fitted many tiled roofs across the area, and we work with domestic and commercial customers on a daily basis.
You can trust our roofers to work to the highest possible standard at all times and to work safely and professionally.
Tiled Roof St Andrews
Tiled roofs are beautiful and durable.
They are also expensive and heavy, but that is perhaps to be expected from a roofing material that can last 100 years.
Traditionally, most roofing tiles were made from slate or a fired clay or terra cotta product, but today’s roofing titles are very often made from moulded, tinted concrete.
Roofing tiles can come in many shapes: curved, flat, fluted, or interlocking, and in many styles.
Tiled Roof St Andrews – Pros of Tile Roofing
There are many advantages to installing tile roofing, regardless of which material you choose. Some of these advantages include:
A tile roof can last over 100 years, especially when installed in the right climate.
Clay and concrete tile roofs have been known to withstand hail, high winds, and even fire.
Once you install tile, you will never have to install another type of roofing again.
Just in case, most manufacturers will offer a 50-year warranty.
Plenty of choices
Clay, concrete, and slate tiles come in a wide variety of colours and styles to match any home style, from Medieval to Contemporary European.
Some styles even resemble traditional shingles or wood shakes.
Impervious to rot and insect damage
Unlike wood, tiles roofs will never decay.
Environmentally friendly material
Tile roofs are made from earth minerals, not chemicals, and they can be pulverised and recycled when they are removed.
The heavy thermal mass of tiles will help regulate indoor temperatures.
Leaks are almost unheard of, and it is very rare for tile roofs to require repairs or maintenance unless they break due to heavy impact.
Tiled Roof St Andrews – Cons of Tile Roofing
In addition to their many merits, tile roofing materials do have some disadvantages:
A clay tile roof system can cost two to three times as much as an asphalt roofing system. Concrete tile roofs are more economical.
Installing tile roofing requires professional roofing contractors with extensive experience. The tiles will need to be measured, laid in a specific pattern, and checked so that no moisture gets through.
Your roof structure must be able to handle the weight of a tile roof, which may be as much as 850 pounds per square for clay tile and 950 pounds per square for concrete tile.
An asphalt roof, by comparison, weighs only around 225 to 325 pounds per square.
If you’re replacing shingle roofing with tiles, you should consult an engineer to determine if structural reinforcement is necessary, which will add to the cost of the roof.
Tiles are brittle
While very durable, clay tiles, slate, and concrete tiles can be broken if they suffer a heavy impact, such as from falling tree branches, or even due to the pressure of walking on them. Repairs, when needed can be expensive.
What Is A Concrete Tile?
Concrete tiles are made of mixture of sand, cement and water, which are moulded under heat and high pressure.
The exposed surface of a tile may be finished with a paint like material.
Concrete tiles have additional water locks, or interlocking ribs on the edges that prevent water infiltration.
Concrete tiles can simulate the appearance of traditional clay tiles, wood shake, slate and stone.
Like clay, concrete tile surfaces can be textured or smooth, and tile edges can be ragged or uniform.
They are resistant to hail, wind, and fire, making them a very safe roofing material when properly installed.
What Is A Clay Tile?
Clay tiles are produced by baking moulded clay.
The density of the clay is determined by the length of time and temperature at which it is heated.
Colours of clay tiles range from shades of white, yellow, orange and brown.
The most commonly used clay colour is the Terra-Cotta.
Another alternative to these natural earth tones is to add enamels to the tile and make any colour of roof tiles.
This process is called “ceramic” and consists of spraying enamel over the tile before baking it.
High temperatures of the kiln permanently bond this colour to the clay tile so it will not peel or fade.
As a result there are a wide variety of tile profiles, styles, finishes and colours available.
Because clay tiles are made from a natural earth derived material, they are environmentally friendly and easily recycled.
Clay tiles are resistant to strong winds and cannot be destroyed in a fire.
Because of the way they are shaped, clay tiles protect the underlayment of your roof, while also creating an air pocket thereby helping to insulate and isolate any unwanted heat or cold from being transferred to your home’s attic space.
Tiled Roof Experts St Andrews
If you are looking to have a tiled roof repair or replacement carried out in Cupar then we recommend you get in contact with us.