The Benefits of Concrete Roof Tiles

Date: 29th May 2013

 

Tiles give a distinct appeal and uniqueness to homes. They are fire safe, durable and long lasting. They allow better circulation of air than other roofing materials above and below the tiles, and as such can release heat energy better. There are many benefits of concrete roof tiles in particular, the most stand-out being their extreme longevity, even for tiles. While they may cost a little more, you will save lots of money in the long run as they can last for over 100 years.

 

Concrete tiles are, as you would imagine, concrete based. They are made by mixing the concrete with sand and pigment, which can be almost any colour. There are two ways to install these tiles, either by lugging the underside to wooden strips that are nailed on the roof, or by setting them directly onto the roof and then screwing or nailing them in.

 

When laid correctly, concrete roof tiles are snow, ice and watertight. As they are made of cement, they cannot rot, curl, rust or burn. They are interlocked and secured to the roof on every row, resulting in an almost impenetrable roof. A very large benefit of concrete roof tiles is not only that they can me made almost any colour, but that they can also be fixed to any surface, including close to vertical. As such, they can be used not only for roofing but also as a decorative feature on gables or exterior walls. They can also be used to add protection and curb appeal to a home's curb, or tie it into the whole look of the lot.

 

If you are considering re-roofing from a metal roof to a concrete tile roof you will need to engage the assistance of a builder to install new trusses and ensure the roof is constructed to take the weight of the concrete tile roof.  These tiles require a good deal of skill to fit, so make sure that the roofing crew of your choice specifically works with concrete tiles. This is the most important aspect of installing concrete tiles, as the quality of the team will decide the quality of your roof. Also be sure to look at the warranty that they offer for their work. The tiles can easily outlast you, but only with proper craftsmanship and installation. Another thing to consider is that because they do last so long, they may get a build up of grime and hide their colour, so give them a good power wash occasionally.


All in all, the benefits of concrete roof tiles far outweigh any of the cons. The long lasting nature of these tiles alone make them very appealing to most people, not to mention the customisation and general aesthetic they bring to a home. Selecting the best tiles for your roof and the effect you want is achievable with the help of a professional team of tilers with many years experience with tiles. As long as the right product and team is chosen, with very little maintenance over their lifetime a concrete tiled roof can create an ageless look that can be enjoyed for generations to come.