Boral Concrete Roof Tile Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You do not recommend slurry covered tiles in northern climates. Why not? Does the slurry covering serve a purpose other than color?

Slurry is a cementitious coating applied on a grey tile body during the manufacturing process. Slurry colored tiles are brighter than our color-through tiles which have a more matte finish in comparison. Slurry tiles are sometimes referred to as color coated tiles; these tiles are not recommended for use in areas subject to frequent freeze thaw cycles.

Tile that is manufactured by Boral Roofing's plants in Texas and in Florida can be used in northern climates (Minnesota) with the exception of the Florida manufactured Spanish S tile that was designed for the Florida market only since it is designed with a 2-1/2 inch head-lap that requires a sealed underlayment. Most building codes require a min 3 inch head-lap.

All of our products are tested and certified by merit of our ICC ESR 1647 report which proves compliance with all required manufacturing standards, including freeze /thaw resistance. Our decision to limit our product offering in the northern climates market is based on the risk of damage from the severe snow and hail storms in that region.

The purpose of this acceptance criteria is to establish requirements for recognition of clay and concrete roof tiles in ICC Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES), evaluation reports under the 2003 International Building Code (IBC), the 2003 1ntemational Residential Code (IRE) and the 1997 Uniform Building CodeT (UBC). Bases of recognition are IBC Sections 104.11, 1507.3.4 and 1507.3.5: IRC Sections R104.11. R905.3.4 and R905.3.5; and USC Sections 104.2.8 and 1507.7.

Boral Roofing will issue publications containing recommendations for installation of its products from time to time. These are only recommendations and not requirements for installing Boral Roofing roof tiles. It is important to Boral Roofing to stress that it is neither familiar with all local building codes as these pertain to the installation of its products nor the local weather conditions.

What is concrete tile made of?

In simple terms, concrete tile is made from an approximate mix of 3 parts sand to 1 part cement and 10% water. Pigments may be added to the mix to disperse the color throughout the body of the tile or they may be concentrated onto the top surface of the tile in what is termed a slurry finish. The slurry coating gives us the opportunity to achieve a variety of bold colors whereas the integrally colored tiles, while not as bold in color, will retain their color on a more permanent basis.

How much does concrete tile weigh?

The range of weights for our product line are approximately 6-pounds per square foot to 10-pounds per square foot, depending on the profile selected.

How does concrete tile differ from clay tile?

Although concrete tiles can give the appearance of a clay tile, they are manufactured using a completely different process. Concrete tiles are mixed and extruded into molds and then cured in chambers and open air to achieve their strength. Clay tiles are simply made from various mixtures of clay and water and are then fired at high temperature to achieve their strength and color. Both clay and concrete have excellent performance properties that make them the premier roofing materials in the world.

How long have you been in business?

Monier since 1965, Lifetile since 1962. In August of 1997, the two companies merged. Boral Roofing is now the leading manufacturer of concrete roof tile in the US.

What are some advantages of a Boral Roofing roof?

The primary advantage is the aesthetic appeal versus all other products. It comes with a limited lifetime, fully transferable warranty and it's the last roof you'll ever buy for your home. Boral Roofing products come in several profiles and colors to meet consumer needs.

What do the Boral Roofing part numbers mean?

See "Boral Roofing Intelligent Part Number Information" located within the price sheet lists.

Can I get samples?

We suggest you use product literature to make your initial selection. Samples may be obtained at our preferred distributors or by calling (800) 571- TILE or (800) 2RE-ROOF. If you would like to view local installations of a particular product a Boral Roofing Sales Representative would be glad to contact you.

Do you have "specific tile" in "specific colors"?

Our current product line is depicted in our collection brochures. We don't manufacture custom colors.

Where can I purchase roof tile?

You can purchase roof tile from a distributor in your area. If you aren't familiar with local distribution, please contact a local Boral Roofing Sales Representative.

How much does the tile cost?

There is a wide price range based on product selection and location. Because we don't sell directly to consumers, the best source of pricing information would be a local distributor or roofing contractor.

Who installs the product?

A Boral Roofing sales representative may be able to provide you with a list of roofing contractors in your area that install our product. We typically recommend three contractors to bid your project.

Do you certify contractors and roofers?

At this time, we do not certify contractors and roofers.

Can I use tile to re-roof my house?

Absolutely, tile is the ideal solution for those seeking a more permanent reroofing alternative. All of our tiles are available for reroofing; and there is a full selection of lightweight products available if structural capacity is a concern.

Can I use roof tile in my area?

Yes, although slurry coated tiles are not recommended in areas that have more than 30 freeze/thaw cycles per year (it is suggested that potential customers consult with their local building dept. for information on freeze/thaw cycles). Roofers must follow recommendations for installing tile for the weather conditions in a given area.

Can I see the tile on a roof?

A Boral Roofing Sales Representative can provide you with information on installed roofs in your area.

Do you have to use lightweight tile for re-roofing?

Not necessarily. Engineers may determine that a structure is capable of supporting standard weight, or may recommend methods for reinforcement; however, over 90% of tile reroofing is performed with lightweight tiles.

Can I use standard weight tile to roof my home?

Yes, it is possible to use standard weight tile to reroof a home. An engineer can determine if a structure is capable of supporting standard weight, or may recommend methods for reinforcement.

Do I need an engineering report or inspection?

Reroofing your home with concrete roof tile may require an engineer's report. Most municipalities do not require engineering as long as the product chosen is below 600 lbs. per square. Your contractor or a Boral Roofing Sales Representative can discuss this in more detail.