Attractive concrete tiles come in a variety of shapes and colors, which means there is an option that will fit with almost any home. There are additional benefits beyond looks, as well.
1. Environmentally Friendly
If you want an option that stays out of the landfill and produces minimal pollution during manufacturing, then concrete tiles are a perfect choice. Every tile is made of naturally occurring materials and minerals, so there is no synthetic waste generated. The lack of chemical toxins in their construction also means they won't release pollutants into the environment, which makes them a good option for a rooftop rain collection system.
2. Highly Durable
Durability is an important aspect when it comes to roofing. A durable roof can withstand severe weather events, like hail, with minimal to no damage. Maintenance requirements are also low on concrete tile roofs. You may need to periodically clean the roof to keep it looking nice, and a cracked tile is an easy replacement. Otherwise, the roof lasts for decades with almost no care.
3. Energy Efficient
Concrete tiles are naturally insulated due to the thick layer of minerals used to make them. The tiles have a high thermal mass, which provides year-round insulative benefits. They trap heat in the winter and prevent cool air from escaping in the summer, which means less of a strain on your electric bill when the tile roof is combined with a proper attic insulation and ventilation system.
4. Fire Resistant
A single spark can ignite some roof types but not concrete tiles. In areas under high fire pressure, such as home's in forested areas, it may be a building requirement to put in a fire resistant roof. The most common option is metal, but concrete tiles provide an attractive alternative that features an equal amount of fire resistance. Embers that blow onto your roof will find nothing that will combust and ignite thanks to the concrete.
5. Cost Effective
The initial cost of the tiles may be higher than the lowest tier of asphalt tiles, but installation is often comparable or less because the tiles go in so quickly and thus require less labor. Further, concrete last longer and requires less maintenance, which will save you countless dollars over the years. For those on a budget, concrete tiles can be a very cost-effective roofing choice.
Contact a roofer to learn more about the concrete tile roofing options available in your area.