What facade type should I choose?
A house consists of many important elements, all of which affect durability, aesthetics, insulation, etc. Therefore, there are also a number of things you should be aware of when choosing the materials for the different building parts. Below, we look specifically at two types of material for facades: slate and tiles. If you are unsure as to which type of facade you should choose, we will try to outline some of the advantages and disadvantages of slate and tiles.
You need to be aware of this when choosing facade type
For many architects, the aesthetic expression of the house is what matters. What should the house look like; square without pointed roof, traditionally with triangular facade, with details like arches and columns etc.?
Once the visual foundation is in place, the next step is to find out which materials will meet the aesthetic requirements. Here, in particular, the following parameters are to be considered:
• Life expectancy of products
• Operating costs of the product
• Colours, surfaces and the product expression
• Ease of assembly/mounting
Natural slate vs. Clay tiles
The benefits of natural slate
Quite often, natural slate is chosen because it is an exclusive natural product. It`s made directly from one of nature’s own materials and slate is therefore considered a sustainable resource.
Another advantage of natural slate is that it has a tangible structure that gives the material a vivid expression. The colour does not fade, but is normally only available in black and grey shades. The simplicity of the material gives a stylish expression to a building, adding a lightness to the aesthetic expression.
In addition, slate has a long life span, which gives an economic advantage – the facade can live on through several generations.
At Komproment we work with two types of natural slate:
The benefits of clay tiles
Clay tiles are made of natural clay, giving the product a robust and slightly heavy expression – an expression preferred by many when it comes to architecture.
During the production process, it is possible to create a variety of different expressions (smooth, rough etc.) and it is possible to produce tiles in almost any colour one can think of.
In addition, clay tiles have a long life span; the colour does not fade and the material can be partially recycled, which is of course an advantage in these climate-focused times.
We care about this at Komproment.
Learn more about how we try to meet sustainability requirements and the SDGs through the certification Cradle to Cradle.