What Are The Benefits Of Concrete Roofing Tile?

What are the benefits of concrete roofing tile? One of the benefits of having a concrete roof tile system on your home or your project is that it's a permanent roof. Durability and long life are the main...

Durability and long life are the main benefits of concrete roofing tiles, says roofing expert Andy Dolan. Dolan is the sales and marketing manager for Columbia Concrete Products, Ltd, one of the oldest manufacturers of concrete roof tile in North America. "One of the benefits of having a concrete roof tile system on your home or building is that it's a permanent roof. You don't have to replace it. Another benefit of a concrete roof is the fact that it can't burn," adds Dolan.

Concrete roofing tiles are a development of the clay industry and have been mechanically improved to make them more economical for homeowners and builders. First developed in Europe in the 19th century, concrete roofing tiles have proven to last as long as 100 years. Concrete roofing tiles are made by an extruding process that takes place under high pressure before they are placed into molds and then cured, which enhances their durability and strength. Concrete is extremely resistant to the effects of weather and has become more economical as the price of asphalt shingles raises. Concrete roofing is also a more environmentally-friendly product in its production and in providing energy efficiency to a home. Concrete offers very good thermal insulation because it absorbs heat during the day and releases it at night.

Other benefits include the low maintenance requirements of concrete roofing tiles and their resistance to rotting and deterioration. Concrete tiles get harder as they age and are resistant to hail, high winds, extreme temperatures, humidity, and fire. Concrete roofs usually carry transferable lifetime warranties and have the added benefit that they do not add to landfill waste like shorter-lived asphalt shingles can. Concrete roofing tiles are made from local materials and do not require the use of chemicals or petroleum in their production. Concrete is also highly adaptable and can be formed into many shapes, textures, and colors. So, concrete roofing tiles offer your home an attractive, durable alternative to asphalt shingles and also increase the resale value of your property. Some insurance companies even offer discounts for homes with concrete roofing.

One of the questions homeowners often have about concrete roofing is whether their home can support the weight of the material, but concrete tiles weigh about the same as three layers of asphalt shingles. Wooden shake shingles can actually weigh more when wet than concrete tiles do. Another concern homeowners have is whether concrete tiles are safe to walk on while performing chores such as hanging holiday decorations or cleaning their chimney, but experts assure us that it is very safe to walk on concrete tiles although great care should be taken to avoid breaking or cracking the tile.

In summary, concrete roofing tiles offer the benefits of being long lasting, easy to install, impervious to weather and fire, economical, available in a variety of styles and colors, and environmentally friendly. Many experts agree that concrete roofing is the one of the best investments a homeowner can make. Whether you are building a new home or replacing an older roof, concrete roofing tiles add value to a home, save money over time, and are energy efficient.

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