The roof is the most important part of the home and yet it is also the most vulnerable. The roof protects the home against the weather, storms, the sun and the wind which makes it highly important to ensure that there are no missing or loose roof tiles. If you are going to replace damaged tiles, there are roof tiles in Sydney made from terracotta or concrete in a wide range of colours.
There are different types of roof tiles from the barrel or mission tiles to the renaissance tiles, Welsh slates, flat tiles and the traditional shingles. Barrel tiles made from concrete, clay, metal or plastic are products of mass production. During installation, a long curved piece of cooked clay, typically terracotta is placed overlapping one piece over another to connect the two with the other pieces around it. This process allows absolute insulation because water cannot penetrate after crossing the curve of the roof tile but slides off according to the slope of the structure.
Interlocking roof tiles do not require inverted parts underneath the tiles to be able to channel water along the slope. The top pieces are simply overlapped linearly and upwardly on the structure. The curved part of the roof tile will guide the water down and off the roof. Many prefer the interlocking roof tiles because less material is used and the structure is not overloaded.
The Welsh slate is the most durable roof tile in the world with a guaranteed productive life of more than 100 years. The tile can survive the onslaught of extreme temperatures with high resistance against water, acids, alkali and other chemicals.
Flat tiles are smooth tiles made from fibreglass. When installed in the roof, it looks as smooth as the floor. They are quite popular in most modern homes because of the polished look.
Whether you are buying new or used roof tiles in Sydney, it is important to determine what best suits the roof. Compare the features of the different types of roof tiles and choose the most appropriate that will complement and enhance the beautiful design of the home.