The Woodlands Roofing: Article About Pros and Cons Of Concrete Tile
Concrete tile roofs are one of the many types of roofing with which The Woodlands roofing professionals are familiar. This material is made of water, cement and sand, although the exact materials can vary from Portland cement and blended hydraulic cements to fly ash and other aggregates. Most concrete tiles look similar in size, shape and color despite being produced by different manufacturers. This type of roofing can also be textured.
As single ply roofing materials, the installation of concrete tiles requires roofers to drill through only one layer of exposed surface to reach the underlayment. This material can be installed on moderate to steep sloped roofs and is relatively easy to repair. If homeowners keep up with routine maintenance and have the material repaired when there's damage, this type of roof can last for 50 or more years. The maintenance mainly involves ensuring that the flashing, battens and underlayment remain well kept.
Concrete tiles can be installed in a broad range of climates that experience temperatures from 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, or even hotter. The materials are often Class A Fire Rated, making them great for resisting fires. They also hold up well to hail damage compared to other steep roofing materials, but they have only fair to low resistance to wind depending on how well they are installed. Additionally, snow can slide off concrete tiles easier than other roofing materials because they are so much smoother.
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This ability is, of course, diminished slightly if the tiles are textured.
The downside to concrete tiles is that they are more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles. They are more in the cost range of cedar shingles and shakes but cost less than clay tiles. One factor in the higher cost is the level of difficulty in installing the materials correctly. Not only does it take a great deal of experience to install this type of roof, but professionals have to use special saws to cut valleys and pieces to fit in small areas and around roof protrusions. Concrete tiles aren't easy to walk on either because they could break if too much weight is put on them and they are slippery when wet. Another factor is the weight, which ranges between 550 and 1,000 pounds per 100 square feet, often requiring extra roof support.
Although there are several colors available, the color usually fades within one year, and it can take even longer for new pieces to blend in with the old. This means that a replaced area of concrete tile could never really match the rest of the roof. Since manufacturers frequently change colors, needing to replace a color that is no longer available compounds this problem.