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Roofing tile system and method

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Roofing tile system and method


Provided is roofing tile system that includes a roofing tile having a substantially wedge shaped tile body. The tile body including a bottom surface to be disposed adjacent a roofing deck during use, a top surface angled relative to the bottom surface, such that a first end of the wedge shaped body has a first height and a second end of the tile body has a second height that is greater than the first height, and a recess extending into the bottom surface at the second end. The recess is shaped substantially complementary to the first end of the tile body.

USPTO Applicaton #: #20130031864 - Class: 52519 (USPTO) - 02/07/13 - Class 525 


Inventors: Zachary S. Schools, Donald L. Schools, Sr., Donald L. Schools, Jr.

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20130031864, Roofing tile system and method.

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BACKGROUND

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention generally relates to roofing systems and methods and more particularly to roofing tile systems and methods.

2. Description of Related Art

Roofs are typically installed on top of a structure (e.g., a home, commercial building, pavilion, etc.) to provide a barrier to environmental conditions. Roofs may shield an interior of a structure from environmental sun, wind, rain, hail and so forth. A roof often includes a plurality of shingles or tiles overlapped in a series of rows to provide a protective barrier. Roofing shingles and tiles are often formed of a variety of materials, including, for example, wood, asphalt, stone, clay, ceramics, and the like.

Roofing shingles and tiles are often overlapped and/or interlocked with one another to provide a roofing surface. For example, roofing tiles may be interlocked with adjacent roofing tiles to provide a system of interlocked tiles to provide a tiled roof surface. Unfortunately, roofing shingles and tiles may suffer from a number of issues. For example, interlocking tiles may include a variety of complex features that make them both difficult to manufacture and difficult to install. Moreover, once installed roofing shingles and tiles may not adequately protect the structure. For example, gaps between shingles and tiles may leave them susceptible to lift in windy conditions and may allow water to penetrate the roof and the underlying structure.

Accordingly it is desirable to provide a roofing member that is relatively simple to install and/or manufacture and/or provides an adequate barrier to the elements.

SUMMARY

Various embodiments of roofing systems and related apparatus, and methods of employing the same are described. In one embodiment, a method includes a roofing tile system that includes a roofing tile having a substantially wedge shaped tile body. The tile body includes a bottom surface to be disposed adjacent a roofing deck during use, a top surface angled relative to the bottom surface, such that a first end of the wedge shaped body has a first height and a second end of the tile body has a second height that is greater than the first height, and a recess extending into the bottom surface at the second end. The recess is shaped substantially complementary to the first end of the tile body.

In another embodiment, provided is a roofing system including a plurality of roofing tiles. The roofing tiles having a substantially wedge shaped tile body including a bottom surface to be disposed adjacent a roofing deck during use, a top surface angled relative to the bottom surface, such that a first end of the wedge shaped body has a first height and a second end of the tile body has a second height that is greater than the first height, and a recess extending into the bottom surface at the second end. The recess is shaped substantially complementary to the first end of the tile body. The first end of the roofing tiles is to be disposed within a recess of another one of the plurality of roofing tiles.

In another embodiment, provided is a roofing method that includes disposing, on a roofing surface, a first roofing tile having a substantially wedge shaped tile body that includes a bottom surface to be disposed adjacent a roofing deck during use, a top surface angled relative to the bottom surface, such that a first end of the wedge shaped body comprises a first height and a second end of the tile body has a second height that is greater than the first height, and a recess extending into the bottom surface at the second end. The recess is shaped substantially complementary to the first end of the tile body of the first roofing tile. The method further includes disposing, on the roofing surface, a second roofing tile having a substantially wedge shaped tile body that includes a bottom surface to be disposed adjacent a roofing deck during use, a top surface angled relative to the bottom surface, such that a first end of the wedge shaped body has a first height and a second end of the tile body has a second height that is greater than the first height, and a recess extending into the bottom surface at the second end. The recess is shaped substantially complementary to the first end of the tile body of the second roofing tile. The recess of the second tile is disposed over the first end of the first tile such that the first end of the first roofing tile is disposed within the recess of the second roofing tile and at least a portion of the first end of the first roofing tile is overlapped at least partially by at least a portion of the second end of the second tile.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

Advantages of the present invention will become apparent to those skilled in the art with the benefit of the following detailed description and upon reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a diagram that illustrates a tile roofing system in accordance with embodiments of the present technique;

FIGS. 2A and 2B are diagrams that illustrate a cross-sectioned perspective view and a cross-sectioned side view, respectively, of overlapping tiles of the roofing system in accordance with embodiments of the present technique;

FIGS. 3A-3G are diagrams that illustrate a topside perspective view, a bottom-side perspective view, a topside view, a side view, a bottom-side view, a left/upper-end view and a right/lower-end view, respectively, of a stacking tile of the roofing system in accordance with embodiments of the present technique;

FIGS. 4A-4G are diagrams that illustrate a topside perspective view, a bottom-side perspective view, a topside view, a side view, a bottom-side view, a left/upper-end view and a right/lower-end view, respectively, of a terminating tile of the roofing system in accordance with embodiments of the present technique;

FIG. 5 is a flow chart illustrating a method of installing the roofing system in accordance with embodiments of the present technique.

While the invention is susceptible to various modifications and alternative forms, specific embodiments thereof are shown by way of example in the drawings and will herein be described in detail. The drawings may not be to scale. It should be understood, however, that the drawings and detailed description thereto are not intended to limit the invention to the particular form disclosed, but to the contrary, the intention is to cover all modifications, equivalents, and alternatives falling within the spirit and scope of the present invention as defined by the appended claims.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

OF ILLUSTRATIVE EMBODIMENTS

As discussed in more detail below, certain embodiments of the present technique include a roofing tile system and method. In some embodiments, roofing tiles include a substantially wedge shape body having bottom and top surface angles relative to one another. In some embodiments, the wedge-shaped tile includes a substantially flat bottom surface and a flat top surface angled (e.g., about 0.5 degrees (°) to about 2 degrees (°) relative to the lower surface. In some embodiments, the angled upper surface may provide for a relatively thick lower-end and a relatively thin upper-end of each of the tiles. In certain embodiments, the substantially flat bottom surface may lie substantially flat against the supporting roofing surface/deck when installed, such that the bottom surface is substantially parallel to the supporting roofing surface/deck. In certain embodiments, an upper-end of each of the tiles may be overlapped by a lower-end of a tile stacked immediately above the tile on the supporting roofing surface/deck (e.g., lower end of tiles in a higher row overlapping upper ends of tiles in a lower row). In some embodiments, the bottom surface of the lower-end of each of the tiles includes a laterally extending recess/pocket that overlaps an upper end of tile(s) located immediately below the tile (e.g., tiles disposed in a lower row). In certain embodiments, the recess/pocket may be shaped substantially complementary to the wedge shaped upper end of the tiles such that a close fit is provided between the lower end of the tiles overlapping the upper ends of other tiles. In some embodiments, overlap between adjacent tiles is less than about 25% of their length. In certain embodiments, recesses, standoffs, or other texture may be provided on either of the bottom and top surfaces. In some embodiments, one or more fastener holes (e.g., for a nail or screw) is provided proximate the upper-end of the tiles. In certain embodiments, a single fastener hole is provided proximate the upper-end of the tiles. In some embodiments, a terminating/end tile to be disposed at the lower edge of the roof includes a substantially wedge shape and a lip extending downward from the bottom surface at or near a lower-end of the tile. In certain embodiments, the tiles may be formed from a lightweight composite, such as a lightweight concrete.

FIG. 1 is a diagram that illustrates a tile roofing system 100 in accordance with embodiments of the present technique. Roofing system 100 includes a plurality of roofing tiles 102 disposed on a roofing support surface/deck 104. Tiles 102 may be disposed in a series of overlapping rows 106a, 106b, and 106c (e.g., collectively referred to herein as rows 106) to form a tile roofing surface 107. Roofing surface 107 may include a lower portion/end 107a and an upper portion/end 107b. In some embodiments tiles 102 include a combination of stacking tiles 108 and end (e.g., terminating) tiles 110. As described herein, terminating tiles 110 may include tiles 102 to be disposed in a lower/first row of tiles (e.g., row 106a) located a lower edge/lip 112 of roofing support surface/deck 104. As described herein, stacking tiles 108 may include tiles 102 to be disposed in upper rows of tiles (e.g., rows 106a and 106b) disposed above one or more lower rows of tiles.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20130031864 A1
Publish Date
02/07/2013
Document #
13198525
File Date
08/04/2011
USPTO Class
52519
Other USPTO Classes
52560, 527481
International Class
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Drawings
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