Roof Construction - What Roof Tiles to Choose?

The roof is an important element of a building - it serves a representative and protective function. It should be well constructed to serve for years. What roof tiles should you choose to ensure a smooth roof construction process and satisfactory results? Here are the most common materials along with their advantages and disadvantages.

Investors who are faced with the question of what roof tiles to choose often turn to us for advice. Ceramic roof tiles are still the most popular choice - as a construction company, we carry out about 70% of our roof constructions using this material. However, this is not the only option - there are also bituminous, cement, and metal roof tiles to choose from. How do they differ and when is it worth choosing them? Let us give you some guidance.

Ceramic Roof Tiles

Constructing a roof using ceramic roof tiles is by far the most common choice in the Polish construction market. These types of roof tiles have been popular for a long time and can also be found on many historic buildings. Their use on old roofs is a testament to their durability - they can remain in excellent condition for hundreds of years. This is undoubtedly their biggest advantage.

Ceramic roof tiles are also highly flexible and can be used in various applications. For example, they are excellent when constructing a roof with satellite, solar, or photovoltaic installations. Constructing a roof using ceramic tiles is easier because they are equipped with specialized fittings that facilitate installation. Such adapted roof tiles are much more functional when building a roof.

Ceramic roof tiles come in various types, here are some of them:

  • S-Shaped Ceramic Roof Tile - this name comes from the specific shape of the tile - its cross-section resembles the letter S. Sometimes this type of tile is also referred to as Dutch roof tile. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to use, as their shape allows for the placement of S-tiles without the need for cutting.

  • Flat Ceramic Roof Tile - this type of roof covering is increasingly used in the construction of single-family homes. It is characterized by simplicity, making it suitable for most designs - especially minimalist and modern houses. Flat ceramic roof tiles are usually matte, sometimes with decorative embossments. Many people consider this type of tile durable and resistant.

  • Karpiówka Ceramic Roof Tile - this type of tile was particularly popular in the early 2000s. It is a flat roof tile that usually has a rounded finish, resembling a scale or lace when laid. Many houses have been built using this material. Today it is rarely used. Its great advantage is its flexibility.

  • Mnich-Mniszka Ceramic Roof Tile - this roof tile combines two types of roof coverings that are installed using profiled overlaps. This type is the most elaborate of all ceramic roof tiles but also comes with a high price. For this reason, and due to its characteristic aesthetics, it is usually used in the renovation of roofs of historic buildings.

Concrete Roof Tiles

For those wondering what roof tiles to choose, the financial aspect is often an important factor. Concrete roof tiles are a cheaper option compared to ceramic roof tiles, but they are less durable. They are also lighter than the most commonly chosen roof covering.

Concrete roof tiles closely resemble ceramic roof tiles in appearance but are made entirely of cement. The types of concrete roof tiles are not as extensive as those of ceramic roof tiles, but typical solutions such as S-shaped, flat, and karpiówka tiles can be found. However, mnich-mniszka tiles are missing. It is also worth noting that concrete roof tiles have a higher water absorption parameter than ceramic roof tiles.

Is it worth choosing concrete roof tiles instead of ceramic ones? Unfortunately, when opting for concrete roof tiles, it must be taken into account that they are significantly less durable and cracks may appear over time. For an average roof of a 150 square meter house, the cost of laying concrete roof tiles will be only 7,000 less than that of ceramic roof tiles.

Metal Roof Tiles

Metal roof tiles are deceptively similar to ceramic roof tiles, but they are significantly lighter. As a result, this type of roof covering is much more beneficial for the building's structure, as it does not burden it as much as ceramic or concrete roof tiles.

A major advantage of metal roof tiles is their quick installation, which is possible due to the ability to cut the metal to any length and size. Metal roof tiles are perfect even for the most unconventional projects. Importantly, metal roof tiles usually have a lifespan of up to 20-30 years. Afterwards, unsightly stains may appear, and the roof requires maintenance.

It is worth noting that metal roofs can be realized at a price similar to that of a ceramic roof.

Bituminous Roof Tiles

This type of roof covering is very rarely chosen in Poland. However, it is quite popular in the United States, especially for the construction of timber-framed houses. Bituminous roof tiles provide a very good, watertight roof covering. This is possible because the tiles are laid on full boarding. Moreover, bituminous roof tiles are the cheapest option.

Bituminous roofs can be realized in any color. Furthermore, they are very durable and lightweight, making them suitable for long-term use.

Roof Construction with New-House

Since 1991, New-House has been offering professional renovation and construction services, including roof construction and roof tile installation. If you still don't know what roof tiles to choose, we are here to provide advice and assistance. We gladly share our knowledge and many years of experience with our clients. We know that making decisions is easier when you have the support of professionals.

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