Sustainability up to the ceiling, or better, to the roof, literally! That’s because today we will talk about ecological tiles. And did you know that roofs with ecological tiles not only benefit the environment? That ecological tile also good for your pocket.
This is just one of the advantages of this type of tile. Want to know more? So, please check this post with us. You will understand that it is possible to plan a home that is sustainable, economically feasible, functional and, of course, a beautiful home to live in!
What are Ecological Tiles?
Ecological tiles are tiles made from recycled materials, such as toothpaste tubes, tetra park packaging or pet bottles. Ecological tiles can also be produced with natural fibers, such as sisal, banana or coconut. Another important characteristic of ecological tiles is that they do not have asbestos, a material that is very toxic to us, humans, and the environment in general.
But the big difference even for this type of tile is the low environmental impact at all stages of production and installation. That is, ecological tiles are sustainable both from the material used in its manufacture, as well as in the entire manufacturing process because the production of this type of tile has low pollutant emissions.
The transportation, installation and lifetime of the tile can also be considered environmentally friendly. This is because, because they are light, ecological tile can be transported in larger quantities, facilitating and optimizing logistics between factories, retailers, and consumers. Ecological tiles are also sustainable because they require less wood for roof structures and, ultimately, they are sustainable because they have long durability, reducing the need for repairs and new tiles.
Why use ecological tiles?
From what we said before, you should have a good idea about why investing in this type of tile. But let’s look at all the advantages in the following topics:
This advantage is quite clear and we have highlighted it before, but it is always good to strengthen it because sustainability is not a cliché in fashion, but it is a necessity of modern times.
Ecological tiles are very light. Just to give you an idea, while conventional fiber cement tiles weigh about 30 kilos, and ecological tiles, of the same size, weigh only 3.2 kilograms. The same applies to clay tiles. Roofs with ecological tiles weigh 12x less per square meter than ceramic roofs.
And what’s the problem? Everything really! With lighter tiles, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to make roof and wood structures. Translating this into numbers: clay tiles consume 154% more wood for structures than ecological tiles, while fiber cement tiles consume about 29% more wood.
Tough and durable
Don’t be fooled into thinking that ecological tiles are less durable or resistant just because they are made with recycled materials or vegetable fibers. This tile lasts at least 25 years.
Ecological tiles are flammable and do not reproduce fire. Another positive point for them.
Because they are lighter and require less structure, ecological tiles also ultimately make life easier for those who will carry out the installation. In other words, the roof is ready faster and power is more affordable.
Ecological tiles absorb less than 1% water. The degree of impermeability is much higher than clay or fiber-cement tiles. This directly affects the weight of the roof, which is much lighter, even on rainy days.
We cannot let you leave this post without first being inspired by 8 projects for houses with ecological roofs. You will be surprised, check: