Roof tiles in Livingston come in a wide array of sizes, materials, colours and shapes. As compared to concrete roof tiles, clay tiles are less common. However, many well high-end homeowners prefer clay tiles because of their traditional old-world appearance. Clay roof tile are very attractive but expensive to install. Generally, the one-piece clay tiles are stronger than the Mediterranean-type two-piece tiles that are sand-cast. Sand-cast clay tiles are known to be very brittle and will crack if walked on. Different tile installations on the roof that make use of cast two-piece tiles are installed using the strip-and-go method. Concrete tile are the ones that are commonly used in residential roofing. The concrete tiles are advantageous in that a solar installer can easily walk on them without breaking them.
When installed by professionals, roof tiles can last for many years with minimal maintenance. Generally, tiles dissipate heat better as compared to asphalt shingles. This heat dissipation property lowers the air conditioning costs in the house. These are some of the reasons why roof tiles have gained popularity over the recent years. Tile breakage is rather common when installing or repairing tiles. Many roofing specialists use tile adhesives to stick dog-ear breaks together. Those repaired tiles are then relocated to less visible places on the roof. However, larger breaks on the tiles require replacement of the affected tiles. While finding a replacement tile is rather easy, finding a matching colour is difficult.
To solve this problem, Roof tiles Livingston specialists remove the original tiles from the less visible areas to replace the broken ones and then fix the new ones on the less visible area. Alternatively, the repairer can paint the off-coloured tiles to match the other tiles on the roof.
Roof tiles can either be curved or flat. Installation of the flat tiles tends to be easier than installing curved roof tiles. This is because the tile flashing that is used to seal the roof penetrations does not need moulding in the case of flat tiles. Unless the eave riser on the roof system is vented, the flat-tile roof is poorly ventilated when compared to the curved-tile roof. The curved tiles can be classified into the medium-profile W tiles and the high-profile S tiles. The medium-profile W tiles are also referred to as villa tiles. Curved tile roofs require more time to install, especially when using double flashing and conventional standoffs to secure the tiles to the roof structure.
An experienced roofing company has professionals who can assist you in choosing the best suited Roof tiles Livingston. For more information, visit the website of Mitchell roofing on www.mitchellroofingservices.co.uk