April 8, 2016 - Building & Construction

Concrete and Clay Roofing Tiles: Part of a Roofing System

The global roofing market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.43% over the period of 2015-2019, cited Business Wire. As rapid growth of the construction industry continues, so does demand for roofing tile materials.

Two popular types of roofing tile materials are concrete and clay. Let’s take a look at their benefits and roofing systems overall.

Concrete Roofing Tiles

Concrete roofing tiles are gaining popularity all over the country. According to Florida Roofing Magazine, the process for making concrete roofing tile is easily automated and very flexible. This allows manufacturers to produce concrete roof tiles in any shape, texture or color quickly, saving on cost and time. Concrete roofing tiles are also:

  • Able to withstand wind speeds up to 125 miles per hour
  • Fireproof, insect-proof and weather resistant
  • Energy-saving (reflect sunlight rather than absorb it)
  • Designed for longevity in a range of climates

Clay Roofing Tiles

Clay roofing tiles are a popular choice for southwest homes in particular. Florida Roofing Magazine states that clay roofing tiles are available in many profiles, sizes, shapes, colors and finishes. Some manufacturers may use additives to enhance tile strength or color options. Clay roofing tiles also have:

  • Superior durability and ability to last well over 100 years
  • Low maintenance
  • Light weight structure (less pressure on roof frame)
  • Low water absorption percentage (less likely to develop mildew)


Concrete and Clay Tiles: Part of a Roofing System

While both concrete and clay roofing tiles have the ability to last for years, it is important to keep in mind that they are only one element of an entire roofing system. Other components that make up the roof include flashings, vents and underlayments.

  • Flashings: protect the tile from entering the attic
  • Vents: ensure there is proper air movement throughout the attic or under the tile
  • Underlayments: prevent any water that enters under the tile from going into the attic space

A Roofing Tile Adhesive that Completes the Roofing System

Adhesives are important components in roofing systems, too. They are responsible for adhering the roofing tiles in place and solidifying the roofing structure, adding strength and increasing performance to the overall roofing system.

Bostik’s 915 in particular is the first and only Miami-Dade County Product Control approved sealant. It also can be used as a “single component adhesive for supplemental roof tile attachment and repairs of existing roofs”.

This roofing tile adhesive product completes roofing systems by adding to the overall structure, integrity and durability of buildings. It can be used as an elastic bonding roof tile adhesive as well as a roofing sealant.

For more information about roofing tiles, roofing systems and adhesives, call 800-7-BOSTIK.

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