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Being used for thousands of years; Clay tiles have become one of the oldest and most popular roof construction materials. They usually produce the likeness of Mediterranean villas. But generally what are the pros and cons of clay roof tiles in UAE – or other hot places?
Although shapes of clay tiles make them easier for ventilation – not to trap hot air between the tiles. Some people think it is ok for cooling the roof in the summer or hot places like Emirates; but they are simply not enough for heat prevention and cooling the roofs in places like Dubai, UAE which is really hot most of the year.
In this article we are going to introduce some coverings as alternatives to clay roof tiles in UAE and other warm areas.
Clay roofs are made of natural materials – water and clay. Then this mix is shaped into tiles, and baked at high-temperature in kiln to make them hard and resistant to heat.
Before being fired they can be textured or glazed. The layer of glaze will cover the clay tiles. It will add to its smoothness and beauty. The glaze coating can be heated in different colors and shades.
Special article: glazed clay roof tiles
Most people prefer to use fire-resistant roof tiles in warm weather. Because they’re good at absorbing heat and not transferring it to its surroundings. This is a great choice – as clay roof tiles in UAE and hot cities – but not enough.
Clay roof tiles can have glazed layer to keep the colors from fading due to UV-rays of sun.
UPVC roof tiles do not need heat insulators and are great for cooling the roof. They have a low heat transfer coefficient of 0.325w/m.k which is 1/3 of clay tiles.
This means they do not spread external heat to the bottom of the roof and its surroundings. Therefore upvc roof tiles can be the best option for carports and awnings.
Clay roof tiles in UAE or other hot countries may not last long as in normal places; since it is not a low-maintenance roof. But generally clay roofs’ life expectancy is between 50 to 100 years. (If well-maintained and cared).
What are the Pros and cons of clay roof tiles in UAE – specifically? Most people might choose clays for the aesthetic appeal of the building, yet there are other factors to be considered before purchasing them.
Beside aesthetic appearance of the buildings, they have some features which might be useful for different types of structures:
Some of the drawbacks of clay roof tiles are:
Some building materials are named after places of their origin. Terra cotta tiles are also called Spanish roofs as they have mostly been used in Spain and Latin America.
What is terra cotta tile? The root of this word comes from Latin, meaning “baked/cooked earth”. Terracotta is kind of a porous clay from glazed or unglazed non-glassy ceramic tiles. Since it comes from porous clay, it can absorb moisture.
Terracotta tiles have different types of designs, such as cement, stone in patterns and in simple designs.
Cost of installation for terra cotta clay tiles – plus their heavy weight and high-maintenance – usually requires a second thought to be purchased. Chances of cracking and lack of moisture and temperature resistance – in hot weather, can change the clay tiles appearance due time. The replacement of the underlayment – which usually happens after 20 years – is another reason why customers hesitate to buy terracotta in UAE.
Different styles and colors of clay roof tiles in UAE are mostly imported from countries: Spain, Italy and Portugal.
Red clay tiles are the most common types in roofing.
Generally, clay roof tiles are pricey but glazed or ceramic coated ones are more expensive than the normal ones.
Clays are heavy and expensive. Would you like better alternatives to clay tiles in roofing your house? Some of these options are cheaper, some have better performance, or both:
UPVC roof sheet – Lighter and less expensive than clay and gives a better insulation & sealing. So it reduces your energy costs. You also need less repair and maintenance.
Concrete – Almost like clay in performance but cheaper.
Metal tiles – cheaper and not heavy as concrete or clay. They can produce a Mediterranean aesthetic design too. (However not a good heat insulator).
Stone-coated steel – it will give a slate style, with less weight & price.
Solar tiles – provide clean source, electricity and saving energy bills.
Most important reasons to use uPVC tiles in roofing:
The main advantages of uPVC roofs in UAE and other hot areas are:
Storms can cause roofs to collapse. The strong wind in the UAE has a specific season – it is called Shamal. That is why using clay tiles is not always safe and may damage the roof structures.
In order to design a strong roof we recommend uPVC tiles. There will be no roof collapse caused by high wind or storm. (If they are installed properly).
Corpies that cover the screws play an important role in protecting the roofs from pressure and strong wind. They also help the tiles to be sealed.
Sound & heat insulator – nonflammable, light weight, anti-uv and anti-corrosion sheets (under trade mark Poly Roof Erika) are just some features of upvc roofs manufactured at Varna Company. We ship high quality and durable upvc roof sheets specifically to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah – UAE, Qatar, Oman, etc.
Still want to buy clay roof tiles in UAE? Even on a low budget still you can manage to have a beautiful and durable roof.
Varna group is the first uPVC roof sheet manufacturer in Iran. We also distribute the best quality of uPVC and eco-panels across Middle East and Africa.
Specify what you are going to do and how big your location is; and our professional experts will guide you how to find out cost effective roof construction materials for your structures.
Contact us & Get the latest price of uPVC roof tiles in UAE – Sharjah, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
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Application of uPVC roof tiles
Carports and awnings, industrial sheds and warehouses, poultry sheds, villas and houses, etc. are some common places – and the most popular ones – which uPVC covers as one of the best roof coatings.
Although clay tiles are durable, due time their color changes-caused by hot weather & UV rays. They might also crack and shatter after some years. They are not resistant to high wind, too.
The thickness of Sepidfam Varna roof sheets are: 1.5 mm – 5 mm.
Our roof tiles come in different colors and thicknesses. The standard dimensions are: 1 meter in width (after forming) and up to 12 meters in length (according to customers order).
UPVC roofing sheets have no reaction with salt, alkali, acids and their combinations. They can also withstand harsh weather, so their life expectancy is 40 to 50 years. (If installed correctly)
Trapezoidal roofing sheets: Sandwich panels (Eco-Panels), UPVC shingles, slates, wall cladding sheets, etc.
UPVC can withstand extreme heat. It is made of a polymer called polyvinyl chloride which is rigid and non-flammable. It is an excellent construction material to prevent fire and lightning in the house.