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Posts Tagged Styles in Roof Tiles Styles in Roof Tiles There are many profiles or styles in roofing tiles.

The decision on each one will depend on the style of the home where they will be installed and the look that wants to be evoked. There are two main types of roof tiles: Interlocking roof tiles and overlapping roof tiles. Interlocking: These roof tiles are designed to be hooked over on each other, thanks to a design that allows them to lock into each other and look perfectly locked. Overlapping: This type of roof tiles have a different design than the interlocking ones, which does not have the hook part, but still fits one into each other, overlapping one with another in a way that when installed with nails, screws or foam, they fit perfectly without gaps. Different Shapes of Roof Tiles S Shape Roof Tiles This variety of roofing tiles are traditionally and historically used in residential and commercial roofing. They are the most common style of roof tiles, and traditionally made with clay. Spanish Tile or S Tile Mission Barrel Tiles (pan and Covers) Roman Tiles Straight or Tapered Tiles Flat Tiles This style looks more like shingle, slate or shake, depending on the finish that the tile has (brushed, soft surface, rustic, etc. They are also called Shingle Tile English Tile Flat Shingle French Tiles Roman Tiles These tiles are flat with a shape of one or two rolls (single roman or double roman). Gaelic Tile or Royal Tile This one is very similar to the Single Roman tile but has a flat section with a small roll on one side. Slate Roof Tiles There are a lot of shapes in this style. This profile is small and easily shaped because it is made from a clay thin layer. Clay roof tiles have many benefits for a home: Durability: clay roof tiles have been used for centuries, and can still be seen in historical buildings in Europe, which have endure the test of time.

Strength: There is a misconception about clay roof tiles, and that is that their a weak because they are made of clay. The truth is nowadays, clay roof tiles that are machine made are very strong. You can walk on them without cracking them. When they are properly installed, they support high winds. Environmentally Friendly: clay roof tiles are a natural product, made just with clay and water. Due to its durability, they can be reused (recycled), and since they are innocuous to the environment, they can be crushed and used to fill road surfaces. Color does not fade: unlike concrete roof tiles, the color of clay tiles do not fade with time, maintaining its charm and new look for decades. Provide natural insulation to the roof: thanks to their shape, roof tiles provide a barrier to protect the underlayment of your roof, and isolate the heat or cold from being transferred to the home. Fire proof: clay roof tiles are not destroyed by fire.

Beautiful: charm style for any design: from Mediterranean, antique, to contemporary look: there are many styles and color options in clay roof tiles (Barrel, Spanish S, Flat, Roman, royal, etc) Low maintenance: clay roof tiles (especially machine made ones) have very low water absorption (check your manufacturers technical data) which means they do not develop mold or mildew very easily. They do not need to be washed often (maybe for about 7-10 years), and if they roof tiles are ceramic finish (glazed or shiny) the maintenance is virtually free (rain and wind do the job for you) Think and analyze all these benefits before making your investment. Contact the manufacturer of clay roof tiles for more information about the product you like and get all the details and comparisons needed. With clay roof tiles, your investment may be higher at the beginning, but it pays of during the life of the roof. Considering a clay roof may last more than 50 years, its wise to go with it. Posts Tagged roof duration Whats the life expectancy of roof tiles? 6 January 2011Comments (1) There are many factors that affect the life expectancy of a roof (weather conditions, structure age and condition, natural acts, the material used, installation, maintenance, etc) In the case of roofing tiles, manufacturers usually claim to have a life expectancy of 50 years or more. Some even guarantee their products for 75 years. This does not mean that roof tiles made out of clay for example, can last even longer. Just a look at the old Europe buildings can give you a true testament of how long and well can clay roof tile last. If the structure permits it and the weather conditions are not so harsh, they can last for centuries.

Moreover, clay roof tiles maintain their color and aesthetic look for its lifespan almost intact (depending on some conditions of quality and weather, too) It is a relatively light weight product and if the structure is new or in good shape, roofing tiles can really extend the life of your property, too. The National Association of Home Builders developed a report with information on life expectancy of different products for a home, based on information of manufacturers. The following chart is for roofing products: Roofing Life in years Asphalt and wood shingles and shakes 15-30 Tile (depends on quality of tile and climate) 50 Slate (depends on grade) 50-100 Sheet metal (depends on gauge of metal and quality of fastening and application) 20-50+ Built-up roofing, asphalt 12-25 Built-up roofing, coal and tar 12-30 Asphalt composition shingle 15-30 Asphalt over-lag 25-35 Source: National Roofing Contractors Association With this in mind, it makes complete sense to choose quality products that are guaranteed for more than 50 years. That gives a good idea on the low cost of the total invest sources: http://www.clayrooftile.org/tag/roof-duration/ Plastic roof tiles May 10, 2011 by Gargi Bagchi The builders today are getting eco-conscious and are reflecting this concern in every aspect of their constructions. Thus, slate or concrete tiles on roofs are fast being replaced in design by plastic roof tiles. They come in various designs and patterns and are readily available both over the traditional and the virtual domain What are they? Plastic roof tiles are light-weighted tiles that sit in molded shape on your roofs. They also provide security against impact and loss of color. These are easy to prepare yet particular temperatures are needed to get the alignment right. Thus you should take assistance from experts and professionals. Where are they used? They are best used in homes that face temperate climate. Plastic does have slight hiccup against extreme heat, cold or dust. It either gets brittle or deformed. However, if you purchase plastic roof tiles that are properly coated with epoxy and polyester, you can ensure steadiness. These are also available in variety of colors and thus you may create a favorable impression with the outlook of your house.

Varieties Of late, Decra has come up as an even better version of plastic roof tiles as it seems pretty weather resistant. You may go on for polycarbonates or PVC; all various forms of plastics. You may go for corrugated or smooth tiles. While former will prolong tiles life, latter will make tile cleaning quite convenient. Eco-consciousness Generally, reputed companies use recycled materials to create plastic roof tiles. You also spend less time on alignment as this resembles quarrying. Thus, you sustain ecological existence for your house. This is essential in times when carbon credit has gained popularity due to global warming. Defies corrosion General tiles made of concrete or slate often peel off or are subject to corrosion. Thorough lined coating on plastic roof tiles make it corrosion resistant. This is particularly helpful in areas that face sudden change of climate (hurricane, land-fire etc.). It saves your penny too Since these take up recycled materials and are much more convenient and quick to create, you end up spending less money. Concrete tiles; though it admittedly looks more robust, costs a fortune and exist only in large establishments. Pores in plastic also allow suitable roof ventilation; which you cannot expect in slate, if at all in concrete. Points to remember Always get tiles from reputed shops. You will not be able to distinguish deforming tiles from durable ones at first glance. Ensure that it comes with an anti-corrosion and anti-impact certificate. If you live in an area where hails are common business, brittle tiles will not last long. In addition, it should be about 80% of the weight which concrete tiles boast of. If you are going for ridged tiles, make sure that they be placed vertically and not horizontally. For sake of environmental concern, buy only those tiles that are being created with recycled materials. Do not DIY the tiles alignment. You will find the setting of homogenous tiles quite impressive in hands of an expert. Your tiles should not logically develop cracks in the first 4 years.

plastic roofing tiles by on Sunday, December 19th, 2010 | No Comments Installing your roof needs a wise choice for the appropriate roofing material. When you are after the aesthetic value of your roof, you can choose from the concrete tiles, slates, and shingles. These are guaranteed to give a kind of elegance and style to your home, and are proven to be long lasting. But due to its composition, these types of roofing materials can easily break or crack when you walk over it recklessly. When cracks come about, possible leakage can always happen.

A good alternative for cement-based and even metal roofs would be the plastic roofing tiles. This material is made from recycled and natural materials. Its lifespan, which can last up to 50 years, takes longer than a typical shingle. As compared to wood, plastic roofing tiles do not decay or rot, and get eaten up by termites because it is plastic. When this becomes your choice of roofing material for your home, you wont need to have a very strong foundation or framework to support the plastic roof, unlike when you opt for concrete tiles. This is mainly because plastic roofing tiles are lightweight and durable, having almost same weight as asphalt shingles. In addition, this type of roofing material is so much costly as compared to the others. Installing the plastic roofing tiles can be very easy. Even without the help of a roof expert, the work is a DIY and not as hazardous and as delicate as the other materials. When installed, it can simply be nailed and sawed just like wood and can be done in different widths to give it a distinctive look. These plastic materials can actually imitate the form of a slate, concrete tile, or wood shakes and may come in various colors. From afar, it would look almost exactly the same as the original material, but when touched, you would realize that its just plastic roofing. Plastic roofing tiles, like any other roof, regularly get exposed to the environmental factors like sun, wind, and rain. Due to this, it needs UV and thermal stabilizers including pigments in order for the material to resist these factors. Since plastic roof uses PVC, it is not advisable to use it for areas that have tremendous periods of heat and sunlight. Its synthetic composition has a tendency to soften and will later on be deformed. Different types of pigments are applied to these plastic tiles to withstand extreme hot weather conditions.

PLASTIC ROOF TILES by ANCHARLES on NOV. 25, 2010 in GELOY TILE You're viewing a post on Fangxing Blog. Fangxing is a roof tile manufacturer in China since 1987. View what kinds of roof tile Fangxing export. The benefits of plastic roof tiles Traditionally, roof tiles were usually made of concrete, slate or clay, recently there has been a new development plastic roof tiles. They are tough, long lasting and relatively easy to shape and produce. Another important advantage of plastic is colour. Traditional tiles rely on a complicated process, which can involve burning sand to a particular formula, then coating the sand on the tile after turning it into slurry. With plastic, colours can be added using a far simpler method. Via the use of moulds, plastic tiles can be easily shaped and cut, making for uniformity across a whole production run. When laying plastic tiles on a roof, they are easy to align and lighter to work with.

They are also less likely to change colour, or to weather, as quickly as traditional methods. Better quality plastic roofing is manufactured from ultrahardwearing polycarbonate, which has rapidly become a favourite to work with. When smaller sections are needed on the end of runs, the tiles are easy to cut and fit. There are huge benefits to the environment in going plastic. The tiles are often made from recycled materials, and their use means less need for quarrying. The energy required to produce them is significantly less than for traditional materials. Plastic roof tiles are the future for roofing needs.

Plastics by Chris Woodford. Last updated: July 12, 2011. Plastics are the most versatile materials ever invented. Indeed, the word "plastic," which derives from the Greek word plastikos, meaning to mold or form, has come to be used as a general description for anything particularly adaptable or flexible. Since the first plastic, celluloid, was developed as a replacement for elephant ivory in the 1860s, many different types of plastics, including nylon, polyethylene, and Teflon have revolutionized the manufacture of commercial goods as diverse as nylon stockings and car-body parts. Although the use of plastic continues to grow and revolutionary new plastics are constantly being developed, concerns have been raised about the environmental effects of using and disposing of so much plastic material, prompting the invention of bioplastics. Photo: Cheap but effective, the OLPC laptop is a colorful plastic computer designed for children in developing countries. Photo courtesy of One Laptop Per Child, licensed under a Creative Commons License. What are plastics? Plastics are synthetic chemicals extracted mainly from petroleum and composed of hydrocarbons (compounds made from chains of hydrogen and carbon atoms). Most plastics are polymers, long molecules made up of many repetitions of a basic molecule called a monomer; in effect, the monomers are like identical railroad cars coupled together to form a very long train. Thus, as many as 50,000 molecules of ethylene (which has two carbon atoms bonded to four hydrogen atoms) can be joined end to end into a familiar polymer called polyethylene (or polythene). The process of building polymers by adding together monomers is called additive polymerization. Another process called condensation polymerization (or polycondensation) builds up

polymers by removing some atoms from each monomer so they can join together in a different way. Polyesters such as Terylene (Dacron) are made by polycondensation. Whichever process is used, the chemical properties of the monomer normally govern those of the polymer that is eventually formed. Plastics in action: NASA's plastic Pathfinder aircraft in flight. There's no better way to show that a plastic is strong and lightweight than using it to build a plane! Picture courtesy of Great Images in NASA Polymerization produces two different kinds of plastics. Sometimes, polymers form very long straight or branched chains. These are present in so-called thermoplastics, which always soften when heated and harden when cooled down. Examples include polyethylene and polystyrene. Polymers can also form more complex three-dimensional structures, which give plastics very different physical properties. Thermosetting plastics, as these are called, harden the first time they are heated when cross-links form between different plastic molecules. Thermosetting plastics never soften again no matter how many times they are heated and this makes them particularly suitable for objects that need to operate in hot environments. Epoxy resins and bakelite are examples of thermosetting plastics. How plastics are made Plastic goods such as hosepipes or washing-up bowls begin life as a raw material, or resin, produced by polymerization. Initially, the resin starts off as a powder, or as pellets or flakes, to which various other materials are added. Some of these provide color or texture, while others give the plastic particular physical properties, such as fire-resistance, slight electrical conductivity (to reduce static buildup), or added strength (see our article on composites). Additives called plasticizers make a plastic flow more easily while stabilizers called antioxidants help to prevent it from breaking down over time, for example, through the effect of the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight.

Photo: The plastic keys on this computer keyboard are made by injecting plastic into specially shaped molds. Once the raw material has been prepared, the final product is produced through a range of different manufacturing processes. Extrusion, for example, involves squeezing plastic like toothpaste through a mold and is used to make goods such as hosepipes and polyethylene sheets. Injection molding involves heating resin pellets until they melt, then forcing them under pressure into a mold, where they cool and harden to make objects such as plastic telephones or toy cars. A similar technique called blow molding makes plastic bottles by forcing a thin layer of plastic against the mold with compressed air. Casting is used to shape thermosetting plastics by

pouring them into a mold then heating them until they set. And calendering involves squeezing sheets of plastic between huge rollers to make thin, flexible materials such as plastic folders. What do we use plastics for? Starting with celluloid, invented in the 1860s, and bakelite, patented in 1909, chemists have now synthesized dozens of different "poly" plastics for almost every conceivable use (the word "poly" in front a chemical name simply indicates that a plastic has been formed by polymerization). Polyethylene gives us food wrapping, carrier bags, greenhouse materials, and plastic bottles. Polypropylene is easily drawn into strong fibers and woven into ropes and carpets. Polystyrene is a light packaging material with particularly good heat insulation properties (hence its use in styrofoam cups). Polyvinylchloride (PVC) is a cheap and versatile plastic that can be formed into a wide range of items, including imitation leather, "vinyl" records, and plastic pipes. And polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) or Teflon is a slippery heat- and chemicalresistant plastic used as the non-stick coating in frying pans. Plastic is such a dominant feature of the modern world that it seems almost impossible to imagine it being more pervasive than it already is. Yet chemists continue to pioneer improved methods of polymerization and continually produce revolutionary new plastic materials. Plastic-based composites have long been used to manufacture car components, but manufacturers such as Chrysler are now looking to produce car bodies built purely from plastics such as PET (polyethylene terephthalate)a material commonly used to make plastic bottles. Chrysler claim the plastic shells are as crash-resistant as steel and composites, but much cheaper. Their new plastic process could reduce the number of body parts from around 80 to just 6, eliminate the need for painting (because the plastic body can be colored when it is molded), and could halve the cost of some conventional cars.

Photo: Plastics are all around us. This is the surface of a compact disc reflecting sunlight. Other new plastics promise a range of different benefits. One of the latest developments, light-emitting polymers (LEPs), could replace cathode ray tubes and expensive flat-panel LCD displays. Where today's tiny semiconductor lasers (used in appliances such as CD-players) can produce light of only certain colors, LEPs can make light of any color and are much easier to manufacture. A more controversial development has been the use of a bacteria-killing plastic called Microban in food chopping boards and in plastic toys. The manufacturers have claimed superior resistance against bacteria, but environmental regulators and consumer watchdogs have expressed doubts and concerns. One of the most unusual new plastics is a polymer called 3GT, which has been long in development but is still not commercially marketed. It has a kind of "stretch memory," so it could be used to make seats that remember the shapes of their occupants or clothes

that mold to peoples' bodies. For all their benefits, plastics do present a notable problem: their sheer durability means they persist in the environment for many years, while their lightness means they can be carried great distances, for example as ocean debris. The bodies of fully a quarter of the world's seabirds are estimated to contain some sort of plastic residue. Waste plastics such as PET are now recycled into a range of useful goods, such as upholstery padding and thermal clothing. Unlike other plastics, which are produced from petroleum, polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB), sold as Biopol, is produced as a natural polymer by certain bacteria as a means of storing their energy. It breaks down harmlessly in soil, but is much more expensive than other plastics. Read more in our detailed article about bioplastics. Plastics around us Bakelite telephone 1920s Once described as the "material of a thousand uses," bakelite, the first entirely synthetic plastic, was patented by Belgian-born chemist Dr Leo Baekeland in 1909. This tough, heat-resistant thermosetting plastic was widely used in light fittings and other forms of electrical insulation. Most early telephones were also made from bakelite. Nylon stockings 1940s The Du Pont chemical company scored an immediate hit with its "stronger than steel" nylon stockings, which first went on sale on "N-Day," May 15, 1940. But when stockings reappeared in very limited quantities following World War II shortages, sudden demand led to so-called "nylon riots" in which stores were attacked by angry mobs. Read more in our main article on nylon. Teflon cooking pans

Invented by Du Pont in 1938 and originally developed as a heat-resistant coating for space suits, polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), better known as Teflon, found fame as the non-stick coating in frying pans. Teflon is so slippery that it takes several sandblasting and baking processes and a special primer chemical just to make it stick to the pan! Polyethylene extrusion Polyethylene can be formed into pipes, tubes, sheets, or cling-film by a process called extrusion, in which the raw plastic is pumped through a shaping mold much like toothpaste is squeezed through a tube. This produces a hollow pipe or thin sheet of polyethylene that has a consistent cross-section all along its length. More complex shapes can be produced by extrusion blow molding. A length of tube is produced by extrusion, cut off,

then blown like a balloon using compressed air to fill the inside of a mold. http://www.explainthatstuff.com/plastics.html PET is globally recognized as a safe, recyclable packaging material. PET does not contain bisphenol-A (BPA). In Canada, PET container recycling rates range from 6080% depending on the province. In Toronto, single-use PET bottles comprise less than 1% of the citys municipal solid waste. Every year, Toronto recycles about 3600 tonnes of single-use PET bottles, of which 30% are water bottles. Plastic makes up about 12% of all the municipal solid waste generated in the United States. In the United States, 31% of PET plastic soft drink bottles are recycled. On average, it takes 70% less energy to produce a product from recycled plastic than from raw materials. Recycling 1 tonne of PET bottles saves the energy equivalent of 318 gallons (1203 liters) of gasoline. In 1989, 500 ml water bottles were composed of 24 grams of PET resin. Today, less than 10 grams of PET are used in 500 ml water bottles. PET and HDPE bottles comprise 95.8% of the plastic bottle market and 99.1% of the bottles recycled. Figures above are courtesy of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), National Association for PET Container Resources (NAPCOR), Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Baltimore County Department of Environmental Works, American Chemistry Council (ACC), Stewardship Ontario, Alberta Beverage Container Recycling Corporation and Encorp Pacific. Number of PET bottles needed to provide enough fiber to make one extra large T-shirt or fill one ski jacket with insulation Percent of recycled PET used for plastic cords or strapping Percent of recycled PET used to make new plastic containers Percent of all polyester carpet made in the United States is from recycled PET Percent of recycled PET used to manufacture fiber for carpet and clothing Percent of PET that is recyclable 5 15 21 50 54

100 Recycling PET by the Numbers

Polyethylene terephthalate or PET (also known as PETE) is one of the most common types of plastic. Most single-serve plastic bottles, including those for water, soft drinks and juices, are made with PET. Designated by the recycling code 1, PET is globally recognized as a safe, recyclable packaging material. In April 2008, Husky began the Facts on PET campaign. Facts on PET is a coordinated effort to provide educational information on PET and encourage better consumer recycling habits. We support initiatives that increase the recycling rate of PET and other recyclable products. Recycling is an important step towards creating a better environment today and for future generations. Husky technologies create lighter PET packaging that requires less resources and incorporates more recycled material. Please join us in our mission to increase plastics recycling! F According to a recent Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) study performed in conjunction with Allied Development Corporation, PET packaging for a carbonated soft drink had a better environmental profile than aluminum cans and glass bottles. The study compared the North American best-in-class packaging for 355 ml (12 oz) containers and measured both greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption associated with each step of production, from the raw materials to the store shelf. In this analysis, PET bottles had the lowest greenhouse gas emissions and energy demand of all three options. http://www.factsonpet.com/Articles/Facts%20on%20PET %20Flyer_June18%20PRINT.pdf

More Coca-Cola plant bottle packaging By Doris de Guzman on April 7, 2011 3:46 PM | No Comments | No TrackBacks The bioplastic bottle battle continues as Coca-Cola announced on Monday that it has converted its Dasani PET (polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles and its Odwalla single-serving fruit juice HDPE (high density polyethylene) bottles to its recyclable PlantBottle packaging.

Like its flagship Coke soda Plantbottle packaging, the Dasani PET bottles are now made up to 30% plant-based materials (mostly coming from the ethylene glycol part of PET). The Odwalla HDPE bottle on the other hand will made from up 100% plant-based plastic since polyethylene nowadays can be made from 100% sugarcane-based ethanol (think of Braskem for example). According to Coca-Cola, its PlantBottle packaging is estimated to have eliminated the equivalent of 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or three million gallons of gasoline used to produce PET plastic bottles. Like PepsiCo, Coca-Cola's ultimate long-term goal is to turn waste into a resource for a 100% renewable-based bottle that is fully recyclable. "Several approaches to a PET package made entirely from plants have been successfully demonstrated in laboratory testing. We're working to advance this breakthrough science to ensure it is commercially viable," said Scott Vitters, General Manager, PlantBottle Packaging Platform, The Coca-Cola Company. "PlantBottle packaging means only good things for everybody. We welcome others in the industry joining us in advancing the science behind packaging made from plants." http://www.icis.com/blogs/green-chemicals/2011/04/more-plant-bottlepackaging-fo.html