Understanding what’s best for your roof requires the advice and guidance of a professional in the field. At Marley Roofing, we often encounter clients looking for an affordable roofing product that can last for many years. And this is actually something that is possible to achieve if you know where to look. Let’s face it, it’s one thing to shop around for a cheap roof tile in Gauteng, it’s quite another to find one that’s of an excellent quality.
Concrete roof tiles, which are made of cement, water and sand, are in fact one of the most durable options available, and should be on the top of your list of options. Of course, the materials used in concrete roof tiles will vary from one manufacturer to the next, but typically speaking, the recipe consists of Portland cement, a blend of hydraulic cements and ash, sand and various other aggregates. When created with the correct proportions, the result is a tile that is strong, durable and of an exceptional quality.
It’s important to note that not all roof tiles are made equal, even in the concrete range. Each tile has its own design and features, so you will need to choose one that best suits your home and roof. Every concrete roof tile on the market has an appearance that is dictated by the profile of the tile. A flat profile has no curves, while low-profile tiles have small curves. High-profile tiles have large curves. The rise to width ratio of each tile type and profile varies. If you aren’t sure what’s best suited to your home, simply chat to one of our professionals at Marley Roofing, who will gladly assist you in making the right decision.
When shopping around for these tiles in Gauteng, you will find that there are various colours and textures available too. You can opt for either a smooth or rough texture. You will also find different weights available. There are two main weights available for concrete roof tiles, and these are standard weight and lightweight. One should not opt for the lightweight variety if you are looking for a strong and durable tile that can be worked and walked on without breaking or showing some damage.
How long will your concrete roof last? Will you need to think about replacing and refurbishing it often? This is of concern to many homeowners. Most concrete roof tiles can be expected to provide a good service for at least 50 years, if properly installed. The underlay and supporting products beneath the roof can last for up to 40 years, if properly maintained and installed too. If you are going to buy a good quality roof tile because you want it to last, you should pay close attention to the quality of underlay that you choose. Because tiled roofs often suffer moisture problems from wind and rain, you need added peace of mind that the roof is correctly sealed and insulated. Make sure that you choose a top-quality underlay, battens and flashings, and that you take the time to install them correctly, or you could regret it.
Generally speaking, concrete tiles are able to create a Class A fire-rated roof system. They are highly resistant to the elements, even hail. To reduce the likelihood of the wind blowing tiles off, all that is needed is two nails in every non-lugged tile and one nail in every lugged tile. Luckily for many, it is an affordable roofing tile that performs well in just about any type of climate and temperature.
At Marley Roofing, we stock an array of concrete roof tiles in our two Gauteng branches in Bronkhorstspruit and Olifantsfontein, as well as in various other branches in South Africa – in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, Polokwane in Limpopo, Tongaat in KZN and Cape Town in the Western Cape. We also have branches conveniently located in Botswana and Zambia.
If you would like to discuss the roof tiles that we have available in Gauteng, or if you would like to learn more about the type of roofing products that would be best suited to your home or building, take the time to get in touch with us at Marley Roofing. Simply give us a call or drop us an email for more guidance today.