As a homeowner, you have many options when it comes to roofing your home. Asphalt shingles are fast and inexpensive, clay tiles come in multiple colors and add significant value to your home, and wood shake can give your home a rustic look. But perhaps you are also considering concrete tiles. If you are, here is what you need to know.
Durability: Concrete tiles are extremely durable and can be expected to last up to fifty years. They also usually come with a Class 3 hail rating and can sustain in excess of 125 miles per hour. Testing has also revealed that concrete roofs – when installed properly – often exceed seismic load ratings. And concrete roofing is one of the most fire-resistant roofs available today – with a Class A fire rating.
Energy Efficiency: If choosing an environmentally friendly roof option is important to you, you will be happily surprised with concrete. Because concrete roofing – due to the reduced heat island effect – often receive a LEED credit SS 7.
Cost: Due to its high durability a life-cycle basis, concrete tile is more economical than other roofing options like asphalt. However, at $300-$500 per square, concrete’s initial cost of a bit higher than asphalt.
Installation: Installing a concrete roof can be a bit more challenging than other types of roofing tiles. For one thing, the first step of concrete tile installation is to make sure that your roof can handle the weight a concrete roof can weigh more than twice that of an asphalt one. Then a proper installation depends on expertise, (choosing a contractor who specializes in concrete roofs), and ensuring that the installer is familiar with the roofing manufacturer’s specifications.
Maintenance: Maintenance of a concrete roof is fairly simple: A yearly visual inspection for any cracked or broken tiles, checking the roof for any debris after a storm, and periodically pressure washing to keep the tiles clean and moss free.
Style options: One of concrete’s best features is the multitude of colors and styles available. The slate style, with straight edge and symmetry gives a modern look, while the shake style provides textured tiles that look like wood shake for a traditional appearance. The Verona style is a Mediterranean option, while the mission style is similar to Spanish architecture. All of these style come in a variety of colors from lighter, earth colors, to higher contrast blended options.
With numerous roofing options available, choosing the right roof for your home can be challenging. But with the help of a licensed roofing professional, the process can be made much easier.
This article is brought to you by ASAP Roofing, a national leader in weather damage, hail restoration, and exceptional customer service. ASAP has offices in Denver, Colorado, Dallas, Texas, and Indianapolis Indiana.