Tile Roofing

Roof tiles are one of the most popular and oldest roofing materials used around the world and are made from materials such as sand, cement, water and metamorphic rock. The materials and crafting methods have developed over centuries and in recent decades, manufacturing methods and improved materials have brought about roof tiles with varying qualities and designs.

From traditional materials like clay and concrete to modern materials like metal and plastic, tile roofing have much to offer in terms of durability and aesthetics. The many options are a bonus for homeowners as they have a wide plate of choices to choose from for their home.

Roof tile shapes

Just like the various materials roof tiles are made of, roof tiles come in varying design shapes too. Some popular designs in tile roofing are the Square, Rectangle, Hexagon and Penny Round.

  • Square

Square tiles like the name implies are just what they are. Square. Tiles with four equal sides and angles. This design allows numerous color and style customization due to its design simplicity.

  • Rectangle

Rectangle tiles are like square tiles. Having a simple shape allowing for a variety of sizes, colors and materials.

  • Hexagon

Hexagon tiles with their six sides are gradually becoming popular for residential home design. Hexagon tiles can come in all sorts of colors and sizes. These tiles create a breathtaking artistic design when put together.

  • Penny Round

Penny round tiles are comprised of miniature round shape designs like a penny which come together to form a mosaic like effect. The penny sized pieces give the roof an art feel like an artist creating a beautiful masterpiece on a canvas.

Choosing roofing materials suitable for the UK climate


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The UK is home to some of the most fluctuating weather conditions in all of Europe. With extreme weather events rising due to climate change, the UK’s already severe weather conditions will increase. Meaning colder and wetter winters with more snowfall, more summer heat waves and drastic changes in the frequency and amount of rainfall. Therefore it is important to choose the most suitable material for your roof. Your tile roofing should not just be attractive but well designed to withstand the elements. Clay tiles are well known to withstand the freeze and thaw cycles of the country and why they are one of the oldest roofing tile materials used. Concrete and slate are also durable and sturdy for the UK climate.


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  • Plain Tiles

Plain roof tiles are a quite common roof tile style installed on homes in the UK. They are simple to make which makes them affordable whilst providing flexibility in the number of roof styles they can be installed on.

  • Interlocking Tiles

Interlocking tiles have a connecting mechanism that joins together each tile and makes the installation a much easier process. Interlocking tiles are generally larger than standard plain tiles which help reduce work time and costs.

  • Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete roof tiles are sturdy, resilient roofing tiles that oppose the elements and last for ages. They are made from a mixture of cement, sand and water, along with a number of smaller aggregates added by manufacturers. They are affordable, easy to install and boast a wide variety of styles and colors

  • Clay Roof Tiles

Clay tiles have been in use for centuries and with its impressive durability, some clay roofs-built ages ago, still stand today. Its heavy iron content gives it the famous terra cotta color. Clay tiles come in all shapes and sizes and are made from clay and water and subject to extremely high temperatures to obtain their shape and strength

  • Slate Roof Tiles

Made from metamorphic rock, slate roof tiles are extremely durable and sometimes even outlast the buildings they are installed on. They are fire resistant, energy saving  and environmentally friendly. The downside though is its high costs.


Tile Roofing Pros

  • Long Life

Tile roofing can last over a century, this is evident in the way most homeowners today still choose it for their homes. Clay, slate, and concrete tile roofs have proven worthy opponents against extreme weather elements, granting peace of mind with no worries of replacement or repairs.

  • Variety

Everyone wants something different and that is exactly what tile roofing offers. With its various types and styles, there is no shortage of options to choose from that suits a persons particular tastes. From the modern metal and plastic designs to the traditional clay, slate and concrete tiles which come in a wide spread of colors, there is a style for everyone.

Tile Roofing Cons

  • Expensive

The high costs of tile roofing are normally what pushes people to look for more affordable options. A clay tile roof system can be two to three times more expensive than an asphalt roofing system with slate tiles even breaking the bank above clay tiles. Concrete tiles are more affordable than their counterparts but still put a strain on the wallets of those on a tight budget.

  • Not DIY Friendly

Tile roofing installation is not a friendly DIY project and requires professional roofing contractors with experience. The reason is that the tiles will need to be accurately measured, laid in a specific pattern, and inspected thoroughly to make sure that moisture does not get through.

How to fix roof tiles

Cracked, missing, or broken roof tiles can be a problem when not replaced or fixed. Leaving the problem thinking that a few damaged tiles are not a big issue is terrible because not doing anything might escalate your roof damage.

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Matt HAuthor: Matt Holder

Matt Holder is our in-house writer. Matt has been working in the construction industry for 10 years. From working on-site to integration himself into our office.


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