Introducing Roof Tile and Roof Pavers

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Introduction to Roof Tile and Pavers

Historical Perspective

The use of roof tiles can be traced back to Roman and Greek times.

Roof tiles were made mostly with fired clay and were laid in an over-lapping format. This over-lapping method created a barrier from water damage. However, on the downside, you needed a lot more tiles to complete a roof.

During the 17th century, there was a session of wild urban fires, this brought about the introduction of fire regulations. The regulations stated that roof tiles were the safest choice for roofing material, mainly due to their fire resistant characteristics.

Roof Pavers

Roof pavers are usually made of two types of materials, concrete or rubber. They are durable tiles an inch to several inches thick, typically measuring two feet by two feet.

Laying Roof Pavers

Roof Paver System Advantages

One advantage of a roof paver system is that a roof paver can be replaced individually if one or more is damaged. Also, pavers can be easily uplifted to access the underlying roof surface for regular maintenance or repairs.

Concrete Roof Tile - Concrete Roof Pavers

Concrete Roof Tile Pavers

Concrete roof tile / pavers are placed on small pedestals so there’s a space between the paver and the roof surface to allow for drainage below the pedestal.

Due to the added weight of the concrete roof pavers, the extent of any additional structural support required to augment the underlying roof structure should be identified and addressed prior to installing the roof pavers in order to prevent damage to the roof structure.

Concrete roof paver systems cost between

$15 and $20 per square foot. For a customized appearance, concrete pavers come in a wide variety of colors, styles, and finishes.

Rubber Pavers

Rubber pavers are made with built-in legs to provide the required drainage clearance. Rubberized pavers weigh less than concrete roof pavers and may suit less strong roof structures.

Rubber roof pavers cost about $10 per square foot. Some lightweight rubberized pavers, especially those on high-rise roofs, may be

Rubber Roof Tile Pavers
susceptible to wind uplift, so they are sometimes secured to each other by caulking or interlocking grooves.

Safety Issues

  • All the sections of paver systems must be secure and stable.
  • Paver surfaces should be flush, with no raised corners or edges to avoid tripping
  • Pavers above drains should be marked so building maintenance can inspect for blockage or other problems

Warranty Issues

An important consideration when installing any type of recreational roofing system is how it will affect your roof warranty. To keep your warranty intact, it’s best to consult the manufacturer in advance with installation plans and detailing to make sure the recreational system does not damage the roofing membranes or underlying structure.