Morris County Roofers: Article About Pros and Cons Of Concrete Tiles
Homeowners that are considering replacing their residential roofs should consider a concrete tile roof. They have many benefits, including lifespans of more than 100 years. Homeowners should also make sure that their tile roofs are installed by one of the many experienced Morris County roofers.
In addition to having a long lifespan, tile roofs are extremely durable. While they are most often seen in warm climates, they can also be purchased for climates that experience dramatic seasonal temperature changes. All homeowners have to do is ask for tiles that are made for areas with freeze thaw cycles.
Tile roofs are heavier than some other roofing products. Homeowners can expect the tiles to weight between 6 and 9 pounds per square foot. By contrast, composite shingles weigh about 3 pounds per square foot. This means that homeowners will have to make sure that their existing trusses and support structures will hold the weight. If the roof can support the weight, the homeowner can look forward to an extremely durable roof that can withstand storms that would significantly damage other types of roofs.
Concrete tile roofs typically come with a class A fire rating, which is the highest fire rating available. This means that the roof will not burn even if a burning ember were to fall on it.
The roofers from Peter W Smith Construction of Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about roof repair or siding repair.
Tile roofs can be purchased in a variety of colors, including red, gray, brown and blue. Since the color is often added to the tile mixture, homeowners should be aware that the color will fade with time, and replacing tiles, even if the new tiles match the original color, will not result in a uniform appearance.
A professional roofing installer who is experienced with concrete tile is a must. Concrete tiles are one of the hardest roofing materials to install, and an improper installation can result in leaks and damage to the tiles. The homeowner should also make sure to use high quality flashing and underlayments. Tile roofs are a single ply roofing system, which means there is not another layer of roofing under the tiles. If moisture happens to penetrate under the tile system, the underlayment must be able to protect the home against water infiltration.
Tile roofs also need regular inspections and repairs. While the roofing system will last 100 years or more, the external components of the roof, the underlayment and the flashing will not last 100 years. However, homeowners can expect reasonably low repair bills since individual tiles can be removed and replaced.