When you think of concrete, the first structures that come to mind are probably sidewalks and patio floors. But in fact, there's another great use for concrete -- and it's one you might not expect. Roofing tiles made from concrete are actually one of the most durable roofing materials available, whether you live along the coast or inland. Here's a closer look at the benefits of concrete tile roofing.
A Long Life
Most roofing materials need to be replaced every couple of decades. Asphalt shingles last between 20 and 40 years, depending which style you choose, and wooden shakes last about 30 years. Concrete tiles, however, can last up to 100 years when cared for properly. This long lifespan comes in really handy if you plan on spending the rest of your life in the home you're re-roofing. You won't ever have to re-roof it again!
Even in areas that are not known for being windy, the occasional storm can bring in powerful gusts. Wind can catch under the edge of lighter roofing materials like asphalt and aluminum, stripping them from the roof's surface. Can you imagine wind picking up heavy concrete tiles? Wind damage to concrete roofs only occurs in tornados -- and there's no roofing material impervious to a tornado's force!
While a concrete roof will cost you more than one made from standard asphalt shingles, concrete is far less expensive than other long-lasting roof materials like slate and clay tiles. That's largely because concrete is easy to manufacture and shape into tiles. Concrete tiles are also less prone to splitting during installation, so your roofing contractor may charge you less for labor.
You will need to have your concrete tiles sealed every few years to prevent moisture from seeping into it. However, as long as you keep up with this task, your roof will be far less prone to moisture damage than one made from asphalt or wood. You don't have to worry as much about algae or moss growth if the roof is in the shade, either. Installing a concrete roof where a tree overhangs may prevent you from having to remove a tree.
To learn more about concrete roofing tiles, talk to a roofing company in your area like DiRoma Roofing. Whether you live where it's snowy, hot, or somewhere in between, this is a durable and long-lasting roofing choice that won't force you to empty your wallet.
Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!