Tile rooftops have long been a favorite amongst home and business owners across Europe. The tried and tested roofing material has stood the test of time for both beauty and durability.
There are three main tile roofing variations available for homeowners to choose from. They include clay, ceramic, and concrete. Each of these has its advantages and disadvantages that homeowners need to consider before installing the roofing material on their homes.
Today, we’ll examine how clay and concrete tiles compare to one another and which roofing option is the best for Houston homeowners.
Clay Roof Tiles
Clay roof tiles are made by molding clay into the specific tile shape and baking them until they harden. The density and weight of the clay are determined by how long it was baked, the temperature at which it was baked, and other factors such as water content or additives to achieve a certain desired look. Premium clay tiles tend to be baked for incredibly long periods and under much higher temperatures.
Clay tiles are usually available in rich red, brown, orange, or terracotta hues. These warm colors are what make them so distinctive among other roofing materials. Baking them at high temperatures makes the roofing material highly durable and helps it maintain its beautiful color. Tile roofing systems are renowned for lasting more than a lifetime. Their durability, sustainability, and low maintenance upkeep are what make them a favorite among homeowners worldwide.
Concrete tiles are made from a mixture of sand, cement, aggregate, and water. Concrete tiles are also baked under high temperatures, where they are hardened and strengthened. The roofing material comes in a natural plain gray hue; however, homeowners have the freedom to customize their roofing with some fresh paint of their choice. Concrete offers homeowners versatility as the material can be made to imitate other materials. It can be molded and shaped to mimic clay tiles, slate, wood shakes, and more.
However, compared to clay tiles, concrete has a much shorter lifespan; the roofing material tends to last a little more than 50 years. Their upkeep is similar to clay tiles; however, if you don’t enjoy the rugged look that concrete tiles afford homeowners, you can pay a little more attention to your concrete roofing system.
Clay and concrete are quite heavy materials. Therefore, it is recommended that homeowners consult with their roofer about the compatibility of their home with the roofing material. If you’re considering one of these materials for your home, do not hesitate to contact Beck Roofing & Restoration.