Concrete roof tiles furnish the home with the protection it needs to keep the elements out, as well as visual texture. This article will help home and business owners choose the right tile for their buildings from four commercially available tile ranges.

The origins of the roofing tile can be traced back to China, about 10,000 BC. It was later adopted in the middle east, and then made its way to Europe. Roman tiles are still very popular, and widely used throughout South Africa. Rumour has it that the Rottweiler dog breed was named after a German town Rottweil, which, in turn, got its name from the red tiles on the roofs of its structures. The fact that roofing tiles stood the test of time indicates that it does its job remarkably well. The average concrete tile is capable of withstanding extreme weather, and can last between 50 -100 years.

Different styles and colours mean that home and business owners can contribute to the architectural theme of their structures, be it contemporary, Spanish, Mediterranean or even New England. Visual Texture Double Roman and Deep Roll Double Roman tiles hail from the early days of the Roman empire, and boast engineering ingenuity. The arches in the individual concrete tiles distribute weight evenly toward the bottom of the structure, which decreases the weight on a roof’s most vulnerable points without compromising structural integrity. These are the tiles you’ll see on most homes in South Africa today. Bring on the Cupola, a tile made from sand, cement and dyed with a long-lasting iron oxide pigment. Where the Double Romans communicate a visual robustness, Cupola tiles are less bold, more classic in appearance.

Think Italy, think Spain – a visual texture that communicates classical elegance. The Elite roof tile range breaks away from convention without sacrificing visual appeal. Made from concrete but resembling slate, the Elite’s flat surface resembles those used in 19th century London and Wales, lending your structure a more contemporary classic European style. As with the Roman tiles and the Cupola, you’ll be guaranteed with the necessary strength to withstand the sometimes extreme South African weather. Colour The tiles described above are available in a range of colours – some of which carry a non-fade guarantee for a substantial number of years, even decades.

When fading sets in, it’s often minimal, and can be slowed or prevented with chemical treatment. Choosing the correct colour requires a consideration of: your own personal choice, the style dictated by surrounding buildings (when required by a municipal authority), and the weather. It’s especially with the latter that the colour should be chosen carefully; lighter tiles reflect light and heat, while darker tiles absorb them.

Depending on the type of tile you have chosen, you’ll have the opportunity to choose between reds (e.g. ‘Farmhouse Red’), greens (e.g. ‘Classic Moreland Green’), browns (e.g. Through Colour Brown) and designer colours like ‘Farmhouse Kalahari’ and ‘Farmhouse Terracotta’, to name only a few. Whatever your choice in roofing tile type or colour, remember that, like the rest of your home, they’ll last longer with a bit of maintenance every now and then. Choose wisely, and you’ll have a roof that will protect everything under it for decades to come.

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