Spanish tile roofing material alternatives

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Spanish roof tiles traditionally have been made from clay. Spanish roof tiles are the most popular kind of roof tile used today, according to Roof 101. These roof tiles are Known for their durability and aesthetic appeal that complements a variety of home styles. Spanish roof tiles are used not only in warmer climates, but also in areas such as Canada where there is considerable snowfall. In recent years, materials other than the traditional clay have been used to make Spanish roof tiles.


Concrete Spanish roof tiles can be stained a variety of colours and are thick like the original clay tiles. A careful observer will notice that the patterns naturally present in clay tiles are absent in concrete tiles. The overall form of concrete tiles is slightly different. These differences may not immediately be noticed by the lay observer. Concrete tiles came into wide use during the 1930s and often are not nearly as durable as clay tiles, according to the Roofing Store of Vancouver, Canada.


Plastic Spanish roof tiles have a very distinct look to them. One advantage of plastic Spanish tiles is that they are fireproof, which is a plus for the safety of anyone living or working in a building roofed with plastic tiles. Many plastic Spanish roof tiles are manufactured from recycled materials, swaying the decision of those who are concerned with conservation. Some plastic roof tiles, such as RPM Roofing's, come with a 50 year limited warranty.


Surprisingly, metal Spanish roof tiles are lighter than traditional clay tiles. This means the metal tiles can be installed over an existing roof if such an installation meets local building codes. Metal tiles can come either with a smooth or a textured surface to give a more authentic look. Manufacturers of metal Spanish roof tiles claim their tiles are lower maintenance than clay tiles, which can slide off a roof, break, and have other problems.

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