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Cedral tiles - a modern and fashionable alternative to tile and slate roofing

01 of March '21

Cedral fiber-cement small-format tiles.
From the series "Roofing - trends 2021".

Small-format tiles are a long-established solution that has been attracting increasing interest from builders for some time now. Available in a variety of sizes, colors and two types of surfaces, they offer quite a few design possibilities, matching any architectural style. Below we'll take a closer look at what Cedral tiles are made of, and what solutions Cedral presents for new and renovated home roofs.

Dach i elewacja domu jednorodzinnego w Assesse (Belgia) pokryta płytką Cedral w kolorze grafitowym

Roof and facade of a single-family house in Assesse (Belgium) covered with Cedral tile in graphite color


Fiber-cement - safe, durable and non-flammable

Cedraltiles are made of fiber-cement, a material that originated in the 19th century. Thanks to its unique properties, fiber-cement has become over the years, one of the most appreciated building materials. Made from raw materials that are safe for health and the environment, it is distinguished, among other things, by its high resistance to the adverse effects of atmospheric conditions (frost, precipitation, UV radiation), or substances that have strong alkaline properties. This makes it suitable for use in any latitude, on almost any surface.

Safe, durable, non-flammable and lightweight - this is what fiber-cement is, and thus this is what Cedral tiles are. - assures Agata Lamot, Product Manager Cedral - Etex Group, owner of the Cedral brand, has been working with fiber-cement for more than 100 years and has been supplying high-quality materials made from it all over the world. In addition to small-format tiles, the Etex Group also offers facade boards, corrugated panels and large-format panels.

What is fiber-cement?

Fiber-cement is made from a combination of sand, water, cement and cellulose fibers, among others. This combination creates an extremely lightweight, consistent and durable building material. The manufacturing process of fiber-cement elements, including tiles, involves layering a properly prepared mixture and forming a cementitious laminate.

Płytka Cedral o powierzchni łupka w całości pokrywa elewację i dach domu, podkreślając jednolity charakter bryły

Cedral tile with a slate surface completely covers the facade and roof of the house, emphasizing the uniform character of the block.
The house realized according to the project of PAG Glowacki


A roof that delights

Cederal tiles - an alternative to roofing sheets and slate

Cedral fiber-cement roof tiles are available in two surface variants - smooth and slate-textured (which refers to natural slate, creating a striking play of light and shadow). Both surfaces additionally come in a variant with jagged edges and in several beautiful and durable colors. This makes Cedral roof tiles, a material that meets all construction and design requirements and is an excellent alternative to natural slate.

The most common and well-known use of tiles is to cover the roof with them. They can be used on virtually any type of it. However, it should be noted that the minimum roof pitch for tiles is 25 degrees. Fiber-cement tiles are an excellent alternative to the ubiquitous sheet tiles, profiled tiles, and slate on Polish roofs. The simple forms of the tiles, create a smooth and flat roof surface, giving it the desired consistency and original look. Thanks to their availability in many formats, they offer the opportunity to precisely create an aesthetically pleasing slope and choose the most economical solution.

Lightweight roofing with fiber-cement tiles

The tiles look perfect on the roofs of houses with a streamlined, modernist architecture. However, this does not mean that for other styles they will not fit. They work very well for roof renovation, including if it involves historic buildings. Cedral fiber-cement tiles are among the lightweight roofing materials, and their square meter weighs only a dozen kilograms. As a result, there is no need for any additional reinforcements, which significantly reduces the cost of the work carried out.

Elewację pensjonatu Spokojne Wczasy w Milenie pokrywa płytka małoformatowa Cedral o strukturze łupka w kolorach białym i grafitowym

The facade of the guesthouse Peaceful Holiday in Milena is covered with Cedral's small-format slate tile in white and graphite colors


Cedral tiles - not only for the roof

Thanks to their flat form, the tiles can also be laid on vertical surfaces. They are used to finish facades, walls and gable rafters, mansards, eaves, dormers and roof windows, and other architectural details. A very popular solution is also to cover chimneys with them(Cedral fiber-cement tiles are non-flammable - class A2-s1, d0).

Cladding a chimney with non-flammable Cedral tiles

The chimney is a very important part of the roof. In addition to its primary function of carrying away smoke and flue gases, it has a decorative function. So it must be both functional and aesthetic. Finished with a tile it will look great. For its treatment, a 20×20 cm tile is usually used, which allows for precise placement and minimal waste of material. The tiles already have holes for fastening, but if necessary, additional holes can be drilled in them with a drill without a hammer. Material processing can be done with simple tools such as fiber cement shears or hand shears. The average requirement for fiber-cement tiles on vertical surfaces is about 39 pieces per square meter.

Ciekawe zastosowanie płytki Cedral na dachu oraz fragmencie elewacji domu jednorodzinnego w miejscowości Ligny (Belgia)

Interesting application of Cedral tile on the roof and part of the facade of a single-family house in Ligny (Belgium).


Timeless Cedral tiles - low-cost operation

One of the most important pieces of information when choosing building materials is price. The cost of covering a roof with small-format fiber-cement tiles depends, among other things, on the method of covering, the size of the tiles and the angle of inclination. To this should be added the cost of labor. It is best to entrust the work to a proven and experienced professional, who will complete the project accurately and in a fully professional manner. Especially on the roof, you can not afford any shortcomings. Taking into account the durability of the material(the manufacturer's warranty is 30 years, and the service life of fiber-cement is much longer, at more than 50 years) and minimal maintenance, it turns out to be a very economical and convenient solution (especially if it applies to hard-to-reach places).

Fiber-cement tiles, as of 2019, are available under the Cedral brand. Cedral's range of materials also includes facade boards. Durable, environmentally friendly and beautiful materials make it possible to create unique and timeless home designs.

For more information, visit the company's CEDRAL | Etex Exteriors | Siniat Sp. z o.o.  page on the A&B portal.

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