Many home builders and buyers are opting to upgrade or replace their roofs with alternative products. Although asphalt has long been the most popular and most affordable roofing material, newer products not only offer enhanced style but can save homeowners money as well. Many of the natural roofing materials like clay tile, wooden shingle or slate are simply too expensive an initial outlay for the average homeowner. However, concrete tile offers many of the same benefits as natural products but at a much lower cost. Working with a certified River Oaks roofing professional can help homeowners optimize their savings while enhancing the beauty and value of their properties.
Concrete is a mixture of sand, cement and water that can be shaped or molded to resemble many different types of roofing materials. One of the biggest advantages to using concrete, aside from cost, is the versatility of the material. Available in an array of colors, concrete can be made to resemble wooden shakes or shingles, slate, traditional clay tiles or textured designs that really reflect the style preferences of the homeowners. Color can be mixed into the concrete or applied on the outer surfaces. Color that is mixed in is generally more durable and long lasting, retaining a consistent hue for many years.
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Lighter colors reflect the heat of the sun better, which can save money on heating and cooling costs.
Concrete also stands up very well to extreme weather. It is impervious to hail, snow and ice, and it holds up in high winds. Because concrete is heavy, like clay and slate, it does require a very sturdy roof decking. Existing roofs may need to be reinforced in order to hold the weight safely. Concrete is also a great choice for coastal homes as it weathers salt and moisture extremely well. Clay roofs have a Class A fire rating, which means that they are noncombustible. A concrete roof is also good at sound attenuation, so it is ideal for homes that are near airports or have heavy traffic nearby.
Like more expensive materials, concrete is generally warrantied for 50 years but can last much longer. A concrete roof requires very little maintenance when installed properly, but just as any other roofing system, it should be professionally inspected each year.
The cost of a concrete roofing system is significantly less than clay or slate, costing about $200 to $500 dollars less per square than slate or clay. Although costs vary depending on the area of the country they are installed in, most average between $4.00 and $5.50 per square foot. Concrete roofs provide homeowners with many of the same advantages that clay, slate or wooden shake provide but at a significantly lower cost per square.