Like any other product crafted of concrete, these roof tiles are made from a mixture of sand, cement and water. The right combination, as we all know, produces a heavy duty, strong substance used today in many applications – including acting as house foundations, driveways, roads, and, in many instances, entire buildings. However, the concept of using it as a roofing tile does seem odd and unconvincing to many homeowners. There are advantages to using concrete atop your house, though, and many Dallas roofers are pointing those out to customers today.
Advantage 1: Strong and Durable Though it may seem like a novel concept, in truth, concrete has been adorning rooftops for more than a century. If you need any evidence of how strong and durable they are, consider that some of those first roofs are still standing and in very good condition. Concrete wears down very slowly – much more slowly than an asphalt shingle or wood shake. They are not likely to be impacted by even the largest chunks of hail, nor will they be easily pushed around by wind gusts. Manufacturers are not foolish about this product. They are more than happy to provide warranties far superior to those offered on traditional shingles. They expect that the concrete tiles will last fifty years, if not longer. In fact, some warranties are written for the life of the structure.
Advantage 2: Cost Effective Dallas roofers will often suggest this type of roofing to the right homeowner because it is durable, but also inexpensive compared to many of the alternatives. While the upfront cost may bit more than what one would pay for asphalt roofing, concrete tiles last much longer and require less maintenance, making them the least expensive roofing option over the long haul. Even if a tile is damaged during its lifetime, it can often be repaired on the spot and, if not, the tile can be replaced without disrupting the rest of the roofing.
Advantage 3: Unique Perhaps the best part of concrete roofing is the fact that it allows the homeowner to make a truly individual choice. Concrete can be molded to be flat or rounded, to mimic a traditional shingle or a Spanish tile. It can be smooth or textured, if one wants to make it appear to have a wood grain. Beyond that, there is a decision to be made regarding color and you certainly don’t have to feel limited in this aspect either. Concrete can be dyed so many different colors today that the options are nearly endless.
The Downside There are, as with anything, disadvantages to concrete roofing. This isn’t a project that you will want to take on alone. The installation of concrete tiles is not as straightforward as laying asphalt shingles. They require a special touch and a certain degree of knowledge. This can also mean a higher installation cost. To learn more, please visit the roofing professionals at http://www.dallasroofing.co/arlington-texas-roofing/.
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