Tiles are man made materials made from hard wearing materials such as clay, ceramic materials and often they even be made out of glass! This recounted, by far the most common material used to make roofing tiles is clay. Usually, roofing tiles made this way out of clay need to be treated with a weather resistant glazing coat.
People have been using tiles to build their roofs for centuries and over, this time, roofing manufacturers have designed many different shapes and sizes of tiles. Flat tiles, for example, are almost the most simple sort of roof tile. They’re more often than not flat and rectangular in shape which makes them ideal for layering on a roof. Flat roofing tiles are very found in roofing applications and the methods used for making these types of roofs have not changed a large amount since the 1970’s!
Other kinds of tiles are Roman tiles and single lap tiles. Roman tiles have a curve at one edge and another at the other edge; this enables them to interlock for extra strength when they are laid on a roof. Single lap tiles have the form of the letters and when they are laid they give a particularly distinct pattern.
Slate Roofing Materials
Slate roofs are done with roofing tiles made of slate which is an ancient sedimentary rock made up principally from of clay and other volcanic materials, and compounded in the earth by pressure and heat.
Slate is a particularly common roofing material as it is extremely strong and also water resistant. It is very popular as it can be simply formed into the rectangles that we see on the roofs of today. During the manufacture of roofing slates, massive pieces of slate rock are broken into tiny sheets quite simply. Again this makes slate an ideal material for roofing.
Slate roofs can last a very long time because slate is a particularly hardwearing material the disadvantage of slate as a roofing material is that it is very costly to buy and replace. In some areas, roofs need to be kept maintained with specific kinds of slate to satisfy planning laws and keep the architectural personality of buildings uniform in certain areas. Finding particular types of slate in such cases can be terribly tricky, and few roofing contractors undertake this kind of work.
Felt Roofing Materials
Roofing contractors use strong, polyurethane type materials to form felt roofs. A felt roof is applied to a base board which is painted with a preservative coating to make it last longer. Once the base has been prepared the roofing felt is fixed in place using suitable galvanized nails. Felt roofing applications are sometimes for flat roofs such as those routinely seen on garages and garden sheds. The most obvious advantage of using felt as a roofing material on flat roofs is that it is very cheap and so typically used as a budget roofing solution on outbuildings.