Sustainability up to the ceiling, or better, up to the roof, literally! That’s because today we are going to talk about ecological tile. And did you know that a roof with ecological tiles is not only beneficial for the environment? The ecological tile is also good for your pocket.
This is just one of the advantages of this type of tile. Want to know more? So come check out this post with us. You will understand that it is possible to plan a sustainable, economically viable, functional and, of course, beautiful house to live in!
What is an Ecological Tile?
Ecological tiles are tiles made from recycled materials, such as toothpaste tubes, tetra park packaging or pet bottles. Ecological tiles can also be manufactured with natural fibers, such as sisal, banana or coconut. Another important characteristic of ecological tiles is that they do not have asbestos, an extremely toxic material for us, humans, and for the environment in general.
But the big difference even for this type of tile is the low environmental impact in all stages of its production and installation. That is, the ecological tile is sustainable both from the material used in its manufacture, as well as in the entire manufacturing process since the production of this type of tile has low emission of pollutants.
The transport, installation and service life of the tile can also be considered environmentally friendly. This is because, because they are lightweight, ecological tiles can be transported in greater quantity, facilitating and optimizing logistics between factories, resellers, and consumers. Ecological tiles are also sustainable because they require less wood for the roof structure and, finally, they are sustainable because they have a long durability, reducing the need for repairs and new tiles.
Why use ecological tiles?
Just from what we said earlier, you should have a good idea of why to invest in this type of tile. But let’s take a look at all the advantages in the following topics:
This advantage is quite obvious and we have highlighted it before, but it is always good to reinforce it since sustainability is not a cliché that is in fashion, but a necessity of modern times.
Ecological tiles are very light. Just to give you an idea, while a conventional fiber cement tile weighs about 30 kilos, and ecological tile, with the same size, weighs only 3.2 kilos. The same applies to clay tiles. A roof with ecological tiles weighs 12x less per square meter than a ceramic roof.
And what does it matter? Absolutely everything! With lighter tiles, you won’t have to shell out that much money to make the roof structure and woodwork. Translating this into numbers: clay tiles consume 154% more wood for the structure than ecological tiles, while fiber cement tiles consume about 29% more wood.
Tough and durable
Do not be fooled into thinking that ecological tiles are less durable or resistant just because they are made with recycled material or vegetable fiber. These tiles last at least 25 years.
Ecological tiles are flammable and do not proliferate flames. Another positive point for them.
As they are lighter and require less structure, ecological tiles also end up making life easier for those who are going to do the installation. In other words, the roof is ready faster and the labor is more affordable too.
Ecological tiles absorb less than 1% of the water. A much higher impermeability rate than clay or fiber-cement tiles. This directly affects the weight of the roof, which is much lighter, even on rainy days.
We couldn’t let you leave this post without first being inspired by 8 projects for houses with ecological roofs. You will be surprised, check it out: