Roofing Systems: Ceramic Roof Tiles
The use of ceramic roofing tiles has been traced back to as early as 3,000 B.C. and has maintained its existence as a preferred choice for a roofing system because of its latent thermal properties and durability, not to mention its aesthetic appearance (History of Clay Tile). There are a vast quantity of profiles of ceramic, or clay, roofing tiles that include but are not limited to flat, Imbrex and tegula, Roman, pantiles, mission or barrel, and interlocking tiles. Flat clay roofing tiles are the simplest form and are laid in regular, overlapping rows. Imbrex and tegula refer to the ancient Roman pattern of curved and flat tiles that make rain channels on a roof ...view middle of the document...
The installation of ceramic roofing tiles should always be done by professionals and the price varies due to region, installer and job in its entirety. Complex installations for difficulties such as steep slopes, multiple level configurations and skylights will increase the price of any clay tile fitting. However, on average, one can expect to spend $7 to $10 a square foot for lower-grade clay roof tiles in standard shapes and earth tones. This is from about $11,900 to $21,000 for a basic 1,700 to 2,100 square foot roof. Custom-glazed colors or custom-shaped premium ceramic tiles can be anywhere from $10 to $30 per square foot or $17,000 to $63,000 for a 1,700 to 2,100 square foot structure. These prices may seem steep, yet the life for ceramic roofing tiles is approximately fifty years, according to the Economics Department of the National Association of Home Builders. This life expectancy, of course, depends on the quality of the tiles and climate in which they are subjected to.
With the ever-expanding growth and development of green building, of course, the concern of the energy efficiency of ceramic roofing tiles is raised when building new infrastructure or even remodeling old ones. One company, MCA Superior Clay Roof Tile, has partnered with Energy Star, is LEED qualified and has developed an array of ceramic roof tiles that have been deemed a “Cool Roof” rating by the Cool Roof Rating Council or CCRC. MCA’s line of “Cool Roof” tiles meet a Grade 1 according to the American Society for Testing and Materials, or ASTM, and average a 43% solar reflectance and 86% thermal emittance (Why Cool Roof?).