Tile roofs have been around for centuries, and have enjoyed continued popularity due to their durability, attractiveness and incredibly long lifespan. Most tile roofs will outlive the houses they are installed upon, and are so low maintenance that they eventually pay for themselves. Traditionally, tile roofs are made from slate rock or hardened clay. What many homeowners do not know is that tile roofs can also be made out of concrete.
Concrete tiles have risen in popularity over the last few decades because they offer many of the same benefits as other forms of tile at a significantly cheaper cost. While concrete roofs are not quite as stylish as slate or terra cotta, they still offer a clean, unique appearance, and the savings over traditional slate materials can be considerable. Experienced Essex County roofers should be consulted for cost comparison with other tiles.
One of the appeals of concrete roofs is that they can be stylized to resemble either slate or clay tile. Its natural versatility is appealing because it gives the homeowner more options to choose among. However, concrete roofs can lack the textured beauty and the rich colors of authentic roofs.
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Concrete tiles are durable and will last a long time, provided they are properly installed. They are resistant to weather, and, unlike slate and terracotta tiles, they are not as fragile, which means they are easier to maintain. Fifty year warranties are not uncommon, but will require a professional installation to be valid.
Like other tile roofs, concrete roofs are heavy. A professional should inspect the truss before installation is considered. Most houses will not be able to support the weight of tile unless the truss is reinforced. Doing so can add a considerable amount of time and cost, so that needs to be taken into consideration as well. Although lightweight concrete tiles are being developed, many contractors do not recommend them because they are more fragile.
Unlike slate or clay, concrete tiles do not naturally repel water, so the proper application of a high quality sealant is required for a proper installation. If the sealant is not adequately applied, or if it is low grade, the roof may be in danger of water damage. This can be offset by the addition of asphalt felt or an extra layer of flashing that is sometimes used as well, but both of these measures will increase the labor costs of the project.