Roof Tiles

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A guide to roofing tiles

Roof tiles are historically made from slate or terracotta, which is Italian for “baked earth”, traditionally referred to as clay tiles. Both roofing materials have been used in building for centuries. 

Roofing slates are popular as a roofing material due to their waterproof qualities and durability (they can last for centuries with virtually zero maintenance).  It also has the lowest embodied energy of all roofing materials. In fact, in the medieval village of Conques in France, the inhabitants just had to retrieve their already made tiles from the local river.    

Slate tiles in Conques

Clay roof tiles have been used for hundreds of years all over the world. They first appeared in the middle east, where the locals waved goodbye to their traditional thatched roofs (you can still observe those primitive roofs in some dark corners of Europe). 

Nowadays, modern materials such as plastic and concrete are also used to make roof tiles

Recent reports show that a new roof increases the value of your home in the resale – by an average of £8000. A nationwide survey in the UK shows that homeowners with new roofing installed expect to recover around 60 to 65% of the installation cost.  

Roof tiles have breathable structure, unique shape, and thermal mass, which allows them to keep your home cooler than other types of roofing material such as asphalt shingles.

Roof tiles are 'hung' from the framework of a roof by fixing them with nails. The tiles are usually hung in parallel rows, with each row overlapping the row below it to exclude rainwater and to cover the nails that hold the row below. There are also roof tiles for special positions, particularly where the planes of the several pitches meet. They include ridge, hip and valley tiles. These can either be bedded and pointed in cement mortar or mechanically fixed.

Characteristic and advantages of Roof Tiles


Roof tiles – such as clay roof tiles – are an integral part of the look and character of buildings. They are available in a wide variety of colors and finishes and are an eco-friendly construction material compared to other building materials.

Low maintenance:

There is very little need for maintenance, they can withstand extreme weather conditions and heavy loads of snow during winters. In general, the most you have to do is to clean them every now and then in order to eliminate mildew and moss. 

Long lasting:

If set up properly and preserved according to construction standards, they can last for over 60 to 70 years at the minimum for clay tiles and even longer with slate tiles. 

Fire resistant:

On top of their longevity, concrete tiles have fire resistance characteristics that help reduce fire damage. 

Variety of choices:

Today, there is a wide variety of roofing products available in the market. Such as shingles, slate, clay tiles, and concrete tiles. It’s a versatile product that can accommodate all sorts of designs, shapes or colors. 

A number of homeowners utilise concrete tiles in their homes to create appealing and attractive multi-colored patterns on their roofs. 


Which Type of Roof Tile Should You Choose? 

Without tiles, no roof. It's that simple. So if you want a roof you’d better choose the tile that best fits your house. Thankfully, due to its wide variety of options, the most popular roofing material is tile. And each has its own advantages and specifics.  

  1. Traditional Tiles

They are usually ceramic or clay. Curved and elongated, they overlap each other to  form a kind of perfect waterproof puzzle. The water follows gravity, and runs via natural channels formed by kind of half pipe inverted tiles.  One layer are curved side down and the second layer are interlaced with the first layer and curved side up - so all the water off the top layer runs into the channels created in the bottom layer, which then runs off.

  • Easy to install

  • Little maintenance

  • Heat and fire resistant

  • They can break easily, so handle with care

  1. Roman tile

This tile, also made of clay or ceramic, is distinguished by its enameled finish and a different shape from the previous one. It has a kind of fin that allows them to be placed in an orderly manner without the need to turn some so that the water runs.

Its cost is higher, but less material is needed. The enamel applied changes the color from one tile to another which increase the absorption of sunlight and heat. This enhances its resistance to water and temperature changes. Most manufacturers have a modern version of that design. 

  1. Welsh or flat roof tile

Same material, different design. These tiles gives a much tidier visual appearance. They are square and flat, with thick lines that allow rainwater to fall. 

They are also thicker and more stable because they do not have the curvature. They are  easy to install and, like the Roman ones, requires less material.

  1. Concrete roof tiles

You will usually find those in colder climates, since they are more resistant to frost and winds. They have greater weight and mechanical resistance. Also, they absorb water better. 

In addition, its price is lower than that of ceramic tiles. The average life of fifty years is calculated, as long as basic roof care is applied. They can be purchased in different colors, depending on the client’s taste and the type of cover you are looking for.

  1. Wooden roof tiles

They provide a rustic and cozy look. Installed correctly, they represent great protection for the house. This may be a risk to fungi and natural agents that affect the wood, so they need to be treated. They have a shorter lifespan and required more maintenance. 

  1. Arabic tiles

Also known as shingle tiles because of its characteristic truncated shape, with a pronounced curvature. It is used only for sloping roofs because it lets rainwater run very easily. They are made of cooked mud.

What is the cost of roof tiles?

The installation cost of a typical 2000 sq ft tile roof is £15000 to £35000. The cost will fluctuate depending on the material, the roof pitch, and ease of access. 

In the UK, the cost of slate tiles ranges from £1 to £2.5  per tiles. Likewise, clay tiles price ranges from £0.5 to £0.70 per tile. Concrete tiles are £0.5 to £1.8 per tile. 

Most of the time, homeowners will retile their roofs on a once off basis to replace damaged or broken tiles. Replacing slipped or missing tiles cost £100 to £300. Replacing ridged tiles will cost you £100 to £350. 

How long do roof tiles last in the UK?

The minimum life expectancy of roof tiles made from clay or concrete is sixty years. However the underlay will not have the exact same lifespan (something between 40-50 years).

Here's a video explainer on how to tile a roof:


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