Friday, July 1, 2011

Differences between clay roof tiles and concrete roof tiles

Many people do not recognize a roof tile material until starts looking for a new roof! And is not because the difference isn't notorious, but because when we have to do an important investment in our home, we look for the best and for the return on investment.

So, here are some basic differences between clay and concrete roof tiles:

- Clay roof tiles do not fade: their color last basically for the life of the tile (which is a long time!).
- Concrete roof tiles weight more: the difference 35% and more, depending on the model of the tile. Your house structure will suffer less as clay roof tiles can be considered light weight, and you may not need to reinforce it if you are changing your roof from another material.
- Clay roof tiles, especially ceramic roof tiles (those that have a fired coating color on them, matte or glazed) absorb less watter than concrete. This means less maintenance: concrete tiles need pressure wash every 2 years or less depending on the weather and the specific water absorption of the tile. The low absorption helps keep the tiles free of mold, mildew, black stains on your roof.
- You will get a better return on your investment because: clay roof tiles will keep their color over the years, almost maintenance free, and everybody knows clay roof tiles mean quality, high end finish and unique beauty. It's your home, so why not do an improvement that is worth and that will pay off.

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Why Santafe clay roof tiles?

Clay roof tiles are made with basic elements: clay and water. This ancient technique is basically the same nowadays. Santafe fusion the skills of the artisan with the high technology of a state-of-the-art plant, to reach a roof tile masterpiece.
There are important differences when choosing a roofing material. Initial costs sometimes become the most important thing for homeowners, but there are some points to have in consideration, for example: how long will your roof last? What warranty does the manufacturer offer? What maintenance will the roof demand? How will your roof look like in 5, 10, 20 or 50 years?
Santafe clay roof tiles are almost maintenance free (glazed tiles are even better!). The rain and the wind will do their job and your roof will always look great. Besides that, the color does not fade with time - like other tiles do. Installation is very easy for the professional, since the size is pretty consistent and you can blend different colors without any problem.
Clay roof tiles protect the underlayment of the roof, providing a longer life. They also provide a natural insulation, helping you save money on energy bills. Santafe for example has Energy Star roof tiles that reflect much of the sun energy and return the absorbed back to the atmosphere. This translates in a cool roof that is eco-friendly and contributes to your economy.
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