All About Concrete Roof Tiles

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Pros and Cons of Concrete Tiles

Low Maintenance

Although concrete roof tiles require more maintenance than clay tiles, they still require less in terms of upkeep than many other roofing material types and inexpensive if you are in need of a roof fix.

Longevity

Concrete roofing tiles that have a good quality and that are properly installed can last for up to 50 years, especially if they are properly reserved. They last much longer than wood shingles and shakes for example.

Versatility

Concrete roof tiles are available in a wide range of shapes and tones. This means that they can be used for almost any architectural or building style. Concrete roof tiles can also be manufactured to resemble other materials like wood, clay, or slate.

Eco-friendly

Concrete tiles are relatively eco-friendly in the sense the production process is environmentally friendly and that concrete is made from natural materials. Concrete tiles are not, however, bio-degradable like clay tiles.

Weight

Concrete tiles are heavier than other types of roofing materials. Using concrete tiles can increase the overall building costs as the trusses and load-bearing walls have to be enforced to handle the added weight.

Breakable

Another disadvantage of concrete tiles is that they tend to break easier than other roofing material types. Although they are stronger than clay tiles, falling branches, or heavy stepping on them can cause them to break.

Weathering

Concrete tiles’ outer layers tend to disintegrate over time due to weather. They also absorb water more easily, which can cause the development of mildew and moss. This means that they may require thorough cleaning as well as a paint job once every few years.

Wind Resistance

High winds can shift tiles out of their positions. They are more wind resistant than many other roofing materials, however.

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Differences Between Concrete and Clay Tiles

Because of their wide range of benefits, concrete tiling is a popular roofing material for all types of buildings. They are made of a mixture of sand, cement, and water that is pressed and moulded under heat. The surface of the tile can then be painted to get the desired appearance.If you are considering concrete roof tiles as a roofing material, keep reading to learn more about their pros, cons and various properties and to learn how to get new roof cost information.

One of the most prominent differences between clay and concrete tiles pertains to their weight. Concrete tiles are can be up to 40% heavier than clay tiles, and it is important to make provisions in terms of structural support for this added weight.Concrete roof tiles also absorb more water than clay tiles, which can add to their weight and lead to the development of mildew. This means that concrete needs more maintenance than clay tiles.

Another difference between concrete and clay tiles is that concrete tiles are less likely to crack due to changes in temperature. This is why concrete tiles may be the better alternative in colder areas.

How Long do Cement Roof Tiles Last?

Depending on the quality of the tiles themselves as well as the supporting materials, concrete tiles can last for anything from 30 to 50 years. To get the maximum life out of your roof tiles, make sure that you maintain them thoroughly.

Can I Paint Concrete Roof Tiles?

Yes, you can. It is important to remember to pressure clean the roof beforehand. The primer should also be completely dry before you start the painting job. When you paint your concrete roof tiles, make sure that you only use 100% acrylic paint.

Can You Walk on a Concrete Roof?

Walking on concrete roof tiles can cause them to crack and you should try to avoid walking on the tiles if you can. If you have no other choice, use soft-soled shoes and distribute your weight evenly.

How Much is A Concrete Tile Roof?

Concrete tiles cost around 30% less than clay tiles. Tiling an entire roof will depend on your roof size and the tile quality you want.

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