Builders and homeowners alike love the classic beauty of cement roof tiles and shingles, also called concrete or composite roofing, because of its striking quality. Here is some more information.
At $4.50 to $9 per square foot, standard-grade concrete tiles are a cost-effective option. Full prices range from about $7,650 for a 1,700-square foot home to $19,000 for 2,100 square feet of roofing. Should you upgrade to deluxe concrete tiles, your costs jump to $11,900-$21,000 or more. Complicated installation or unusual roof shape may affect costs as well. It’s best to get a couple price quotes and go from there.
Concrete composite roofing is considered to be a very durable roofing material, carrying a 50+ year warranty from select manufacturers. It is more fire-resistant than wood and isn’t nearly as prone to moisture damage as other roofing materials.
Requiring less maintenance than wood roofing, for example, concrete roofing should be inspected regularly for cracks and can be cleaned periodically with a power washer (a job best done by a professional).
These composite roofing materials are made from wood fibers, sand, clay and cement. Some are coated with plastics, enamels or metals, and some are made with recycled materials. They come in an array of colors, designs and textures.
That is one decision best left to the consumer. Shingles can simulate wood shakes and are lighter weight than tiles. Both types provide durability and resource efficiency, making them both a great choice.
Concrete has been used as a building material for the past 5,000 years. It was first made into roofing tiles in 1884 at the Kroher cement factory in Saudach, Bavaria.
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