frequently asked questions
Q. Are the tiles damaged by exposure to direct sunlight?
A. Our product is made from 100% recycled plastic. Our main component is agricultural plastic. By manufacturing our tiles, we help to alleviate the problem faced by individual farms, states, and nations due to the excess agricultural plastic waste that is generated.
Q. Will these tiles break?
A. Due to the minerals added to the formula, Ekoroof is very strong and flexible and will not break under normal conditions. There is also limited 50-year warranty available, so failures due to materials or workmanship are covered. The product has been tested to conform with the safety standards required by the Miami-Dade County (Florida) building and hurricane code.
Q. Does Ekoroof absorb moisture?
A. No, Ekoroof is non-porous, the tile acts like any other plastic item, which will not absorb moisture or humidity. This is significant because they will not rot - and more importantly, will not crack like concrete or clay tiles tend to do when the water in them freezes in cold climates.
Q. Do I have to pressure clean my roof?
A. No, Ekoroof will not create or house mold or mildew so there is no need to pressure clean it.
Q. Does Ekoroof look "plastic" on the roof?
A. Ekoroof has a certain shine when new, which weathers to become more matte within the first year or two. Once weathered, it looks just like a new high-end clay tile, which has a bit of shine. This natural, “new clay look” will be maintained for decades.
Q. Has the product been installed in a cold climate?
A. Yes, Ekoroof tiles have been installed in various climates. The performance of the tile in the Northern United States has been tremendous.
Q. Will the tiles decolorize or fade in sunlight?
A. Ekoroof is colored with metal oxide pigments that will not fade. The tiles are also protected with our proprietary formula which includes UV blocking additives which will also protect the tiles from sun damage. Remember that the tiles are made from recycled plastic, so any fading that occurs to the original coloring in the raw material over time will be very minimal, uniform, and very likely unnoticed.
For peace of mind, our available limited 50-year warranty also protects against uneven or extreme fading.
Q. Can we cut the tiles in different angles or to various shapes & sizes?
A. Absolutely, Ekoroof tiles can be effortlessly cut using a regular manual saw to fit your particular need. The material handles much like wood.
Q. Will hardware for attaching tiles cause leaks once installed?
A. No. When properly installed, the hardware used for installation makes a perfect seal that will not allow water to penetrate the tiles. Additionally, the installation system is similar to other proven roofing applications and by no means experimental.
As an illustrative note, if you visit our gallery, the last picture in Costa Rica shows that the product can be installed directly on the roof frame without a need for plywood or roofing underlayment - and will still not leak!
Q. Do I have to reinforce my roof for added weight to install the Ekoroof system?
A. No, and that's part of the beauty of Ekoroof! Our product weighs less than many asphalt shingles. If you currently have shingles or clay, you would need to reinforce your roof if you are going to install concrete tiles. This is due to the fact that concrete is much heavier than shingles or clay.
If you live in a northern latitude, you also have to account for the tremendous weight of any snow or ice that accumulates on the roof. However, the light weight Ekoroof plastic tile allows for easy installation that does not require reinforcement to your existing roof structure whether you currentlyhave shingles or clay. This allows you to have the look of concrete or clay without breaking the bank to heavily modify your roofing structure.
Q. Why do you spell "Ekoroof" with a "K" rather than "Ecoroof" with a "C"?
A. A traditional Ecoroof, or Eco-roof as it is sometimes spelled, is a natural roofing system where vegetated roof coverings consisting of a thin layer of living plants is installed on top of a specially designed or modified roof system. They are also sometimes referred to as green roof systems, because they replace traditional rooftops with a series of plant layers - making these roofing systems literally green.
Our approach to Green Roofing is a little different, utilizing recycled agricultural plastic as our "green" quality. Because we do things a little different here, we spell Ekoroof a little differently, and proudly with a "K"! For a traditional Green, Vegetation Ecoroof, browse on over to the vegetative green roofs page at the following link: Green Roofs For Healthy Cities
Q. Can I buy Ekoroof in Costa Rica?
A. Ekoroof is manufactured in Costa Rica for export only. We do not have any sales offices that offer any Ekoroof Products in the country.
Q. Who owns the Ekoroof Brand?
A. Ekoroof, the Ekoroof Logo, and the Ekoroof Favicon () are Registered Trademarks of Ekoroof Limitada, a Costa Rican Limited Liability Company.