1) Constructing a cheaper and safer roof
– Lightweight ETiles allow supporting trusses to be spaced up to 1500mm apart. This is because Eurotiles are between 15%-20% the weight of concrete or slate tiles. For example, a 100 square metre roof will require approximately 800kgs of ETiles against 5 tons of concrete or slate tiles. This greatly reduces the number of wooden or steel trusses required to support a steel roof over the number of trusses required to support the dead weight of concrete or slate tiles and results in considerable savings to the end user in structural materials. This saving can amount to as much as 30% of total building costs.
2) Creating an unexpected living area or storage space in your roof
– Light weight ETile can be installed on roofs with a pitch as low as 17%. Heavier concrete and slate tiles require a pitch as much as 30%- 40%. This creates considerable design and construction possibilities and flexibility in the area between ceiling and roof particularly in the semi-detached housing market in Israel, small residential homes and warehousing where this additional space can be so valuable either as a storage area, additional bedroom area and/or office or work area. It can also be used as a play and activity area for children. An election by architects, home-owners, builders and public project managers to use Eurotile tiles as preferred roofing solution will create this significant ‘comfort’ value otherwise not available when using concrete or slate tiles. ETile tiles further create further project profit for building materials required to create this additional space. Everyone wins! Homeowners and public bodies create more value in their homes and builders and roofers benefit from further construction work and the sale of further building materials.
3) Total resistance against wind-uplift
– Lightweight Eurotile tiles are designed to meet world-wide changing climate conditions due to global warming. It is now an established fact that scientists expect considerably more volatile weather patterns in the foreseeable future. The ‘inter-lock’ installation of ETile tiles to adjacent tiles and the securing of each tile through both top and bottom edges into supporting trusses provides a total resistance to wind uplift as opposed to clay and concrete tiles that rely exclusively on dead weight to resist wind uplift.
In an August 2003 survey of U.K. roofing contactors, it was found that almost 60% of all storm related damage reports occurred to concrete roofs and almost 40% to slate roofs.
4) Total resistance against rain penetration
– Lightweight ETile tiles design and installation provide a hermetic seal against rain penetration or leakage while concrete and slate roofs, particularly older roofs, are always at risk of rain penetration and leakage.
5) Saving money at the construction site
– Lightweight ETile tiles provide site construction time and money savings:
They are dry-fixed and can be installed in all weather conditions whereas concrete and clay tiles cannot be installed in wet weather.
As mentioned, Eurotile tiles are 15%-20% lighter than concrete and clay tiles. A roof that requires approximately 100 square metres of roofing will require approximately 170 ETile Tiles which weigh 850 kilogram. The same roof will require approximately 1400 concrete or clay tiles which weigh approximately 5 tons. Construction site management of ETile tiles requires fewer delivery trucks, less storage space and overall better site management against damage and theft.
6) No thieves breaking into your roof while you are away or asleep
– Lightweight ETile tiles are constructed to lock into horizontal join sections of 2 adjoining tiles. Each tile is also secured through both top and bottom edges to the supporting truss. This makes it extremely difficult to remove ETile tiles from the roof and thus inhibits unauthorized roof entry by thieves or vandals.
7) No thieves breaking into your warehouse or business through low cost IBR wall sheeting
– Lightweight ETile tiles also make them a building material o choice for factory walls, storage depot walls or retail development walls. Better known vertical tilling constructed from corrugated IBR sheeting can be easily broken into. ETile tiles upturned rear edges attached to downturn front edges in turn secured to underlying wooden or steel trusses are far more difficult to remove.