Roofing materials are extremely versatile. It has numerous practical properties which makes it an exceptional building material. It preserves its natural color even under the extreme heat of the sun and is leak-proof to water. It is also sturdy, stands strong under extreme temperature and highly impervious to chemicals. So, if you have extra materials from a recent upgrade or just want to try an amusing and cheap new improvement, consider making decorations using roofing materials. By getting creative with your roof shingles you can add flare and character to your house. Here are some examples of home decors made out of roofing material:
Roofing Slates as Floor tiles
Laundry rooms and bathrooms are places where it is likely standard water at some point. The question is to find an object that is non-toxic and can resist water without failing. It is also an advantage if the material is slip resistant. The answer for these areas is roofing slates. It can be used as a roofing material or flooring. They are distinct in a way that they have small pre-drilled holes on the tile and scalloped edges. It is a feasible solution for wet areas because the material grips and will not slip when it gets wet. Roofing slates are installed similar to stone tiles. They can be installed into patterns or a random off-set. It is perfect for beginner tile setters because there are no grids to follow. Roofing slates are porous so it will need to be shut tight at the time of the installation.
Slate tiles double as Placemats and coasters
Slate tiles are very delicate material to use but by using a slate cutter, you can cut the slate tiles to any size you want.
Roofing Shingles as Stair Grips
If you have an old basement or cellar stairs that you are always frightened of tumbling down in the dark, then why not consider using roof shingles for décor like DIY stair grips? To do this, you can cut the roofing shingle to the size of the step using a dedicated knife. For the sake of artistry, leave about 2 inches of untouched stair on every side of the tile. Then place the rough side of the tile up and nail it or glue the shingle centered onto the wood. Finally, allow them to dry up before walking on the tiles.
Absorb Oil Stains with Roofing Shingles
From time to time those oil drips from your vehicles can leave a horrible smudge in your parking space. You can avoid this by laying large covers of shingles on the ground where you park your vehicles.
Slate Roofing Tiles as House Number Plaque
Your house’s slate roof can provide a distinct way to match your roof color to the outside of your house. To begin with, put on some eye protection and wrap the slate tile in an old towel. Use pliers to crack up small pieces along the outline of the tile. The towel will help preserve the tile from damage during this step. Check your progress frequently and stop when the tile has a charming aged look. Next, on a well ventilated place, mix up the epoxy. Spread the epoxy on the back of the house numbers and organize them on the tile. Press evenly over the covering of the numbers to guarantee they fuse completely. Allow the tile to dry after this. Use more epoxy to attach hanging tools to the back of the slate tile. When all the epoxy is dry, you can now hang it on your front door.
Roof Tiles as Garden Walkways
Don’t throw away old roof tiles since you can make them into gorgeous and charming garden walkways. You can create paths through your backyard by bordering the track with a line of string, levelling ground bumps, if any, with a shovel. Then you can lay down the tiles face down similar to how they were on your rooftop. Ensure that the tiles are firmly lined up with each other and on the sides of the walkway. Finally, shore the enclosing soil so that it creates a wall to stop the tiles from slipping from each other.
Bio: Danielle writes for Roofing Vancouver BC. She wants more people to know that roofing and decor always go hand in hand to make better homes.