Cement tile roofs are attractive, modern alternatives to clay tile roofs, the most traditional roofing solution so widespread in Europe and the Mediterranean for thousands of year and so common on traditional buildings in the US for hundreds of years. Made from a mixture of cement, water and sand that gets molded under extremely high heat and pressure, cement tiles offer a wide range of benefits that make the relatively high initial investment worthwhile. Here are some of the most important benefits of using cement on your roof.
The most common color used on cement tiles is terracotta, but the manufacturing process allows for using any color, for matte and shiny finishes alike. The colors available with cement tiles are not only extremely varied – being applied on the tiles before they are placed into the kiln and being bonded permanently makes them attached to the surface, which will ensure the shade of your tiles will be very durable.
Concrete roofing materials come in three main styles in terms of profile: flat, that have no curves; low profile, with small curves that rise only a little and high profile, with large curves. The tiles come in various shapes as well – tiles with smooth or rugged edges, oval-shaped and square are all readily available.
Resistance to the Elements
Cement tiles are resistant to whatever weather comes along. Hail, high winds, heavy snow, prolonged rain and harsh sunshine cannot get to cement tiles, the only enemy of cement roofs being extremely strong impact. Cement tiles are also impervious to pest attacks – you might find bird nests on the surface of your cement roofing, but the tiles are not attractive for critters that feed on organic materials, such as termites and other rodents.
Cement tiles are also known to be among the most energy-efficient roofing solutions. Your cement roof will form an extremely efficient thermal barrier between the building interior and the exterior, keeping the air that you heat or cool for the comfort of your household inside the house.
If you like traveling, you have probably seen buildings that have beautiful clay roofs several hundred years old. Cement offers great durability, too – your cement tiles are likely to stay on your roof without any major issues for at least 50 years.
Installation, Repair and Maintenance
Cement tiles need professional installation, but a cement roof that has been put up properly does not require any extra attention. The maintenance tasks that you will need to handle to preserve your cement tile roof in good condition are the same as with any other type of roof and involve semi-annual cleaning and inspection, gutter cleaning and the occasional trimming of the trees surrounding the roof to prevent large limbs from falling onto the roof. Talk to respected Lakewood roof repair professionals about installation, repair, or maintenance of cement tiles.
The structure of cement clay tiles makes any repair easy – the individual tiles that became damaged by some extreme event or impact can be easily removed from the rows and the new tiles are easy to slide into place and to fasten.