Demand for natural, environmentally responsible materials is at an all-time high. Clay and concrete tile do not deplete limited natural resources and are produced without chemical preservatives. Tile reduces energy use, and its long life reduces reroofing and landfilling of waste. In fact, clay and concrete roof tile are easily recyclable and can be immediately returned to the manufacturing stream.
Only clay and concrete roofing tiles possess two inherent qualities that reduce energy use:
- Natural thermal resistance
- A thermal barrier created by natural airspace around individually installed tiles
This natural air space can greatly reduce heat flux transfer compared to asphalt shingles.
Concrete and clay tile roofs save money by significantly reducing energy use, and owners benefit from a 30% federal tax credit as well. And when it comes time to sell, tile’s energy efficiency adds to the resale value of the home.