Benefits of new -v- reclaimed roof tiles

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Roof tiles are a crucial component of a building’s structure; they protect from external elements, provide insulation, and add aesthetic value. Installing a roof can be expensive, and you may be tempted to use reclaimed slate tiles, stone tiles, or clay tiles to save money. While reclaimed roofing supplies can be cost-effective, there are risks associated with their use. This blog will help you decide which roof tiles are right for you.

1. Durability

Reclaimed roof tiles have, of course, already been used before and despite being made originally of sturdy slate, stone, or clay, these tiles are likely to have been exposed to harsh weather and their durability may have been compromised. Weakened or cracked tiles will not last as long as new tiles and may need replacing sooner than expected.

At Lifestiles, our handmade clay, slate, and stone roof tiles are carefully crafted, produced, and tested to last a lifetime. Most are guaranteed for 30 years, giving you complete peace of mind if you choose new over reclaimed roof tiles.

2. Compatibility

Fitting reclaimed roof tiles to an existing roof structure can make for a difficult installation. Tiles may be a different size or shape and may not fit properly, leaving gaps for water to leak through and causing damage to the structure of the building. Matching tiles for a period or prestige property is something Lifestiles specialises in.

In 2022, the team supplied the tiles for the renovation of a mid-18th century former cow barn in Henley-on-Thames.“To ensure the new tiles replicated the old roof, we worked with the client closely to choose the Woburn Finchingfield handmade clay tiles, part of our Woburn Clay tile collection, which comes in a range of colours, textures, and shades to replicate reclaimed tiles. “The orange/red clay is enhanced and mellowed with a subtle weathered looking surface which fits perfectly into the surroundings without any detriment to the beautiful aesthetics of the existing buildings.” Take a look at some of the customer projects we’ve fulfilled over the years.

3. Contamination

Something to be aware of is that reclaimed roof tiles may be contaminated with mould, fungus, or other pollutants. These contaminants can spread to the rest of the building, causing health problems for the occupants. And, in some cases, the contaminants may be difficult and costly to remove.

4. Difficulty in sourcing

Sourcing reclaimed roof tiles can be tricky and takes time, especially if you’re looking for a specific type or colour. Buying new roof tiles allows you a wider choice of material, colour and finish, so you can ensure your newly laid roof looks exactly as you envisaged it would do. At Lifestiles, we’ve got over 50 years of experience in the provision of roof tiles throughout the UK, so you know you’re in safe hands when you choose our products.

Mitigating the risks

If you decide to use reclaimed roof tiles, there are steps you can take to mitigate the risks. Here are some tips:

  1. Inspect the tiles thoroughly before purchasing them. Look for cracks, chips, and other damage that can compromise durability.
  2. Make sure the tiles are compatible with your roof structure. Check the size, shape, and colour to ensure they are exactly right for your project.
  3. Hire a professional roofer to install the tiles. They have the expertise and tools necessary to ensure proper installation.
  4. Have the tiles inspected regularly to identify any issues early. This can prevent costly repairs and replacements.
  5. Consider purchasing a warranty or insurance policy to cover the cost of repairs or replacement in case of tile failure.

Using reclaimed roof tiles can, at the outset of a project, look to be the most cost-effective solution, however, it’s really important to be aware of all the risks associated with installing refurbished roofing supplies.

Whatever focus your search for a roof tile takes; whether it’s a perfect match with existing tiles, improved insulation and energy efficiency, or enhanced curb appeal and added value to your property, the team at Lifestiles can guide you through any technical or product-related questions you may have.

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We’re a friendly team of tile specialists who are here to help and support you with your roofing project. Call us at 01787 237057 or email

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