The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Exploring Concrete Roofing Tiles
Many homeowners love the look of roofing tiles that recall the picturesque buildings of Spain and Italy. The difficulty in using these tiles in humid, damp climates like the Houston area is that they retain moisture. This causes problems with premature aging and weakening of the tiles. Concrete tiles allow homeowners to use the strength of stone to protect their home.
A The Woodlands roofing professional can show homeowners how to have the look of tile roofing without the drawbacks. The best roofing tiles are now made of concrete and not the traditional clay. Manufacturers combine different cements, sand, fly ash and other aggregate materials and then press the material into the desired shape.
Concrete tiles can be flat, have a low profile (a "rise to width ratio" equal to 1:5 or less), or have a high profile of a ratio of more than 1:5. Many colors are available so that the roofing tiles can easily complement the home's style.
Concrete tiles have many advantages. Fire resistance is most important to many homeowners. Most concrete tile roofs are installed as a Class A Fire Rated system. If burning debris from fires in trees or other buildings lands on the roof, there is nothing in the tile's structure itself that can burn.
Second, concrete roofs resist termites, mold, mildew and damage from floods, wind and hail better than other roof systems. Unlike some systems, the roof can be installed in temperatures from 0 up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
A roofing contractor from Brinkmann Quality Roofing Services of The Woodlands TX can answer your questions about roof repair.
Concrete tile roofs can last up to 50 years; however, the underlayment of the roof may only last up to 40 years. If installed incorrectly, the roof may fail in as few as five years. By comparison, asphalt shingle roofs last about 20 years and wood shake shingle systems last about 30.
The success of the concrete tile system depends heavily on the expertise and craftsmanship of the installers. It takes months to train a roofer in the proper techniques to install a concrete tile roof.
One of the main drawbacks to the concrete tile is that is only one ply, as opposed to wood shakes and shingles that have two or three ply construction. This means that debris can work its way under the tile more easily and that the holes resulting from nail placement go directly into the underlayment.
The tiles are heavy. They are several inches thick and weigh up to 11 pounds per square foot, so the home's structural shell needs to be strong enough to support the extra weight. Although lightweight tiles are available, they are not recommended because of issues of durability.
The eventual integrity and lifespan of the roof depends greatly on the quality of the underlayments, battens and flashings.
Because they are more difficult to install correctly, concrete tile roofs can cost more than those made from other materials.
Homeowners should carefully weigh the advantages and disadvantages of the system before deciding on roof replacement with concrete tiles. Once the system is decided upon, the most important investment will be in hiring the best, most experienced roofing company possible to make sure the system will be installed properly.