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Cement Roofing

Is your style of house Asian like
that of a Chinese temple or Southwestern like a Spanish Mission? Needing to
re-roof your house and not sure what type of materials you
should choose to fit your style? Builders and homeowners alike love the classic
beauty of cement roof tiles and shingles,
also called concrete, because of their striking quality.

Roofing Make Up

These composite materials come in
an array of colors, designs, and textures and are made from wood fibers, sand,
clay, and cement. Some are coated with plastics, enamels, or metals and some
are made with recycled materials.

Shingles or Tiles?

With two basic types of
fiber-cement roofing materials, shingles
and tiles
, the shingles can simulate wood shakes and are lighter weight
than tiles. Both types provide durability and resource efficiency that makes
them a good choice. Experts recommend installation with a high
rating of Class A for fire resistance and have proved to be stable, thus carrying
a 50+ year warranty.

Drawbacks and Strengths

The biggest drawback to this type
of roofing is that extreme cold climates can have a very negative effect on the
material, making it a less likely choice for northern regions. But it is resistant
to moisture, rot, and buckling and does well in most harsh weather conditions.

Remember that cement
roofing is low maintenance and will increase your home’s resale value. Add
those positive qualities to fire resistance, energy efficiency, and pest
resistance, and cement roofing will likely be a top choice for your home.

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.

Costs

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.

Pros

Concrete composite roofing is available in a variety of colors and styles.

It is fire- and insect-resistant, and requires less maintenance than other roofing materials.

Concrete roofing is extremely durable.

Cons

Concrete composite roofing tends to be more expensive than other roofing materials.

Cold climates can have a negative effect on the material.

There is an uneven quality among composite roofing materials.

Durability

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.

Maintenance

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).

Common Questions and Answers

What is concrete composition roofing made of?

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.

What’s a better choice - shingles or tiles?

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.

History

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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