We provide services both for new construction as well as restorations or full replacement. Everything depends on your needs. In the past, you couldn’t replace shake or composition with a tile roof because the tiles were too heavy for your roof’s structural support. But that’s no longer true. New lightweight materials allow tiles to be placed on most homes.
At Rooftop Restoration, Inc. and it’s Roofing Division, Rooftop Roofing we are experts in determining just what materials you can choose from, whether it’s terra cotta, concrete tiles, fiberglass shakes or other materials. We can advise you on how to transform your roof, whether it’s new construction or replacement of your old roof, into the pride of the neighborhood. We use only the finest, most trusted materials and can help you decide which material is most suitable for your structure and what is most affordable in your environment. If fact, we have so much confidence in our premium-grade materials and experienced workmanship that we provide a lifetime warranty on the installation of every new tile roof we sell.
It’s the best warranty in the roofing business. For details, either send us e-mail or give us a call.
When selecting the appropriate material for your roofing project, three elements must be considered. The overall Design of the project, the Quality of the material selected to supplement the design, and can the selected material fit within the Budget of the project.
The overall design of a project is captured in the selection of roofing style. A beautifully designed roof sets the tone or ambiance for an entire building, while enhancing the beauty and textures of other exterior building products and landscaping. Clay tile has traditionally been used with Spanish, Mediterranean, or Oriental-Style architecture, but the vast array of glazed colors and textures MCA offers has opened the doors for the use of clay tile in other applications. From the traditional to contemporary designs, MCA tile has been used extensively on commercial, residential, military, and institutional installations. Various standard profiles are available, including MCA’s One Piece “S”, Straight Barrel Mission, Corona Tapered, Oriental, or MF108 Flat. Color ranges from peaches and buffs to dark reds and browns to muted blues or greens to high gloss Glazed blues, greens or metallic silver are possible. Smooth or pebbled textures are offered in most profiles. Where standard products do not meet your needs, custom sizes and colors may also be available.
All tiles are not created equal, and when selecting your roofing products you should carefully review the manufacturers’ certifications to insure that you are purchasing products that will meet or exceed your building needs. You will want to select a roofing tile that will maintain its beautiful appearance.
Your tile should be warranted against color fading. We recommend a minimum fifty (50) year limited warranty for both color fading and durability. Avoid tile that has a black core or center, which is caused by incomplete firing in a kiln. Only the surface of the tile is “cooked” leaving carbon (or a black core) trapped on the inside of the tile. In essence, the tile is only “half baked” and moisture resistance, protection from salt intrusion, and strength will be compromised. Black Core can indicate structural weakness of clay products. Your tile should be strong enough to withstand the climate. Water absorption should be low to protect against excess weight and roof deck saturation during rainstorms. Tile should withstand cycles of temperature change such as freeze/thaw to demonstrate durability.
ASTM C1167 Grade 1 is the highest rating for resistance to frost action and water absorption. Other environmental issues, such as earthquake risk, high wind applications should also be considered in your selection process. If you are building in a coastal zone, consider using an ASTM C1167 Grade 1 tile to avoid salt intrusion and subsequent tile deterioration upon exposure to sea air. Avoid tile that was produced using lead to color the tile. Lead residue in the rain run-off of your roof could cause soil and subsequent water table contamination. Your tile should be fire resistant. As a front line in fire protection, your roofing material is essential to the safety of your building. For maximum protection, roofing tile should be rated “Class A” ASTM E108 (UL 790).
Material costs, plus transportation and supplemental installation supplies and labor must all be considered in establishing your construction budget. The number of pieces of tile per roofing square can significantly affect these construction costs. The fewer pieces per square, the less the supplemental costs.
Your tile selection should come from a manufacturer that provides the look and quality of tile you require, while offering several profiles to compliment your budget needs. Long term costs should also be evaluated.
Is there an energy cost savings with your selection of roofing materials? Does the roofing material have the durability to last the life of the building?
Selecting a tile with the ENERGY STAR label will reduce your building’s air conditioning costs.
You will want to select a roofing tile that will maintain its beautiful appearance. Your tile should be warranted against color fading. We recommend a minimum fifty (50) year warranty for both color fading and durability.
If you are considering using a so-called “lightweight” tile in your new or re-roofing project, we encourage you to closely weigh the pros and cons of this roofing solution. Tile is classified as “lightweight” if is does not exceed 600 pounds per roofing square at oven dry weight. Some building departments do not require a structural engineering report if lightweight tile is to be used. There are drawbacks though to many lightweight tile solutions. Some products are highly porous and sacrifice both strength and low water absorption for light dry weight. High water absorption can mean extra weight following rain, which could compromise the integrity of your building. Always check the water absorption rate for the tile. Increase the weight per square of the tile by the absorption percentage to determine true structural requirements for the tile. For example, a “lightweight” tile with per square weight of 590 pounds with 10% water absorption truly requires the structural support for 649 pounds (590 lbs multiplied by 1.10%). Many “lightweight” products are actually more costly than their standard counterparts. Any “savings” by avoiding the expertise of a structural engineer might actually be spent on the premium paid for the lightweight product.
While some manufacturers may use color additives in their clay mixes, all roofing tiles are made with the same, high quality clay body. This assures the consistent strength, and low water absorption in all our products. The natural beauty of the tile is enhanced by our coatings without compromising our quality characteristics.
Manufacturers use centuries-old knowledge of ceramics to produce our beautiful matte and high gloss colored tiles. These techniques allow us to offer a wide variety of standard and specialty colors.
Custom colors can also be produced. Ceramic coating are durable and will not fade. High gloss glazed coatings will actually increase the moisture and mildew resistance of the tile.
Half-baked tile (Black Core) “Black coring in clay roof tile is not to be considered desirable, in fact, it is considered to be an indicator of inferior product quality.”
When clay products are incompletely kiln-fired, only the surface area of the tile is fully “cooked.” Carbon is trapped in the center of the product, which is commonly referred to as “Black Core.” Black core can indicate structural weakness in roofing tile.