Monday, 7 January 2013

Diamond Concrete Roof Tiles

The diamond concrete tile was invented in the 1840s by a man named Adolph Kroher in a small village in the region of Southern Bavaria, Germany. The style was introduced to the UK in 1895.

The tiles are designed in a diamond shaped pattern and this proved to never become a popular style, making it uncommon in its time and very rare to still exist on roofs today.

In fact one of the only known complete concrete tiled roofs in Britain is that of the former Minehead School. The roof is over 114 years old and has managed to endure little to no damage until the 2010/11 winter when some of the tiles were damaged. Unfortunately chances of finding replacements are remote and it is likely that facsimiles will be constructed to retain the building's appearance.

Today concrete is used quite commonly for flat roofs and flat roof tiles. Mission/barrel tiles are also constructed from concrete; this type is composed of alternating columns of semi-cylindrical tiles, with each adjacent tile on the roof protruding in opposite directions.

Concrete roofing is generally expected to last for about 50 years, making the Maiden School in Minehead quite remarkable. In comparison, other roofing materials such as asphalt are about one third of the cost but significantly less durable.

BPM Maintenance has skilled Bath roofers that are efficient, affordable and accredited with Trading Standards among other organisations.

One of the reasons that concrete roof tiles are so durable is because they can withstand high wind speeds that tear off other roof tiles. They are also resistant to damage from algae and moss although professional roofers can remove this to maintain a buildings appearance.