What tiles should I choose for my roofing?

Many times, our Gikas Roofing Roofers customers ask about the price of their products! The price is something that is of course of interest to the consumer, as it affects the total cost of any roofing construction, but are the cheapest tiles, at the same quality?

By choosing the “cheapest tiles”, will the buyer eventually be forced to put his hand deeper in his pocket?

The tiles that you will choose for your new home’s roofing, are not enough to be just “cheap”, to be economical! It is not uncommon for our associates to explain that they trust Gikas Roofers tiles, because they have zero damage during transport and handling! By opening the pallet, the carpenter can use the purchased tiles, in their entirety, as opposed to “cheap” tiles, with half the strength, where they are forced to remove several pieces as “sticks”.

And if these tiles reach the body safely, there is the even more painful “test” they have to pass: that of the installation, where the tiles with their excellent structure, application and durability, show exemplary behavior, allowing to the craftsmen to step on without breaking, completing the installation work much faster and without fuss.

Also, for special constructions and places where the tiles need to be cut, the structure and the good baking of the tiles gives the advantage of the fast and accurate cutting process, without breaking or crumbling.

Thus, the installation work is completed quickly and both the installation workshop and the owner come out to win each other!

After the completion of the roof construction, it is not a few times that a craftsman in New Jersey will need to go up to the tiled roof to perform various tasks: a TV signal receiving antenna, a installation of solar hot water / solar panels, installation of a photovoltaic system, other times the construction of a fireplace chimney, there are always “repairs” in a building that require access to the roof!

So imagine when performing this type of work, one or more tiles break! Even worse, imagine breaking them without realizing it!

In the first case you will have to pay the roof repair costs, and in the second during the rainy season, no matter how good the waterproofing is (which must exist, read more here!). It is extremely likely that rainwater will flow into underlying layers causing damage to the wooden parts of the tiled roof, as well as the appearance of moisture / corrosion on the horizontal / sloping structural elements of the building (slab, walls, etc.).

This will happen because the waterproofing is made to remove any moisture that will pass through the gaps of the tile coatings, and can not play the role of the main coating material!

The cost of repair in this case is multiplied, as in addition to the replacement of the tiles, part of the roof may have to be removed to repair further damage to it, while repair work may need to be done on other components that may have been corroded due to of moisture!

Equally important are the problems that can be created by wear and tear due to reduced frost resistance, of a “cheap” -but otherwise “good” tile!

Tiles that are not well baked, or whose raw materials (clay types) are not selected with the knowledge and quality approach required, show reduced resistance to extreme frost conditions prevailing in some areas.
In such cases, the tiles start to crumble and break, and the roof needs to be partially or completely replaced, in order to avoid any problems!

All this of course can be minimized – avoided from the beginning, choosing the tiles with the top performance of the market in strength, those that come with a written guarantee of unlimited duration, for their strength, frost resistance and all adverse conditions.
No matter how many years pass, you can be sure that with Gikas Roofing Roofers you have made the right choice, both in terms of quality and economy in your roofing construction!

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