Materials

Superior to traditional roofing methods, Tractile is a versatile product providing custom solutions for special projects. Available in a wide range of dimensions, colours, and textured surfaces, every Tractile roof is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions and for longevity. All designs are fully supported by the company and great pride is taken in delivering expert assistance with high quality products, to provide our clients with value and prestige.

 

Traditionally, owners and builders have been limited to teracotta or concrete tiles for their premier roofing needs.  And, while these materials have various benefits, the biggest drawback they have is that they are heavy. Because traditional roofs do not have “structural joins” between tiles, the traditional tiles needed to be heavy to ensure the integrity of the roof.

With the Tractile’s Interlocking Roof System, this is no longer the case.

Tractile tiles can be cheaper to make and cheaper to install. You can add high-tech insulation at the rear of the tile itself. On the outside, you can explore a new world of colours and finishes.

 

 

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Leaving aside freak storm conditions, the main battle fought by traditional tiles against the weather is preventing water penetration. In most cases, heavy terracotta or concrete tiles perform this task admirably; except when the wind is blowing and water flowing down the roof is blown up between the tiles.

Traditional tiles need a steep roof angle (pitch or rake) to limit the chance the water has to blow up between the tiles and into the roof. Roofs built utilizing the Tractile Interlocking Building System do not have this problem.

The wind and water challenge limits the shallowness of the roof angle of a traditional roof and can force a home builder or owner to use channels or sarking to limit the ingress of water.

With the Tractile System, stopping water getting in under tiles is no longer a problem. The pitch of a Tractile roof and the shape of the tiles is now almost completely a matter of looks and taste.

And with modern materials and innovation, that’s really the way it should be.

 

 

Built to Last

Because Tractile tiles are created in one process, with all materials forming part of a single mould, the longevity of your roof is assured by the integrity of the materials.

While corrosion is an issue for traditional roofing materials, Tractile roofs are made from composite materials that cannot corrode or oxidate.

 

Interlocked

90% of tile width is locked to batten, therefore this unique interlocking mounting system ensures strong roof fixture and keeps roof penetrations to an absolute minimum.

 

Insulation

Tractile’s Eclipse tiles provide increased natural insulation, compared with other roofing products. Tractile’s Eclipse non-solar tiles have a built-in R-value of 0.05 while the Eclipse solar tiles have an R-value of 2. This is approximately equal to 2mm to 4mm mllimetre of polyester or glass wool batt. The R-value for Colorbond is 0 and a for 10 millimetre concrete tile between 0.006 and 0.008, which is seven times less than the Tractile Eclipse tiles.

Fascia Boards

Fascia boards are the boards behind the gutter and under the edge of the roof that provide both ventilation and put the finishing touches to the security of your roof.

A good fascia system keeps pests out, but allows air in.

In traditional roofs, fascia boards also provide a place from which to hang gutters. As gutters form part of a Tractile roof, you have more leeway in what material you can use for fascia boards and how they will look if you utilize the Tractile Interlocking Building System.

 

Sarking

Sarking is an important addition to a traditional roof, however Tractile roofs do not require sarking. Although this reflective, protective layer also increases the thermal and weather resistant properties of a traditional roof, the extra cost means that many do not take advantage.

Indeed, all of the weather resistant, reflective and thermal properties of sarking can be replicated and increased many-fold by the addition of certain materials within the Tractile tiles themselves.

This saves time and money and, with the integration of multiple beneficial properties in one system, reduces the changes for damage or failure significantly.