The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Deciding Between Clay and Concrete Tiles
Tile roofs are becoming more popular as the years pass. Despite a higher initial investment cost, they last longer and they're more resilient to every day weather. There are two types of tile materials popular in the roofing industry and each can suit homeowners well depending on their needs. The Woodlands roofing professionals can help guide homeowners into making the right decision for their home.
Concrete tile roofs aren't quite as common as their clay counterparts are, but they are much higher quality than the typical asphalt tile roofing material. The tiles are made from Portland cement, sand and water. The mixture is then placed into molds until it has properly cured and reaches the necessary strength. The curing process means that these tiles can be easily customized in regards to color or design. It's most often given a Spanish-tile design, but it can be made to mimic slate or wood shake tiles. Concrete is extremely durable and is capable of resisting damage from a variety of sources, including fire, hail, and very high winds. It's also resistant to heat, so it's quite energy efficient for homes in hot climates.
Clay tiles might be the most durable material on the market. They can last for generations; there are historical homes with clay tile roofs that are almost 100 years old. Like concrete, it's also resistant to severe elements like wind, hail and heat.
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Clay is poured into molds and typically created to give the house a Spanish look. It can be customized, though, to look like traditional slate or wood shake.
Like any other material, there are pros and cons to both. Concrete tiles are cheaper than clay--at least 30 to 50 percent--and have more options in regards to design and color. Concrete doesn't last as long as clay does, though. Concrete tiles can see a home through about 50 years versus clay tiles lasting over 100 years. Concrete is prone to fading, while clay holds onto its color when it's been properly kiln-fired to seal in the color. Clay gives a home a higher resale value, which can help offset the higher investment cost. Both materials are heavy on a home's structure, but clay requires extra support on the roofing structure. Neither concrete nor clay is good for cold weather. Concrete is prone to moisture absorption and can freeze and break. Clay can shatter, but both can be installed with a cold weather installation process to protect them from the cold.
Tile roofs lend aesthetic appeal that can't be found elsewhere. Not only do they protect a house quite well from almost any element, they turn an ordinary house into something that's a work of art.