These days, there are many different types of roofs to choose from. One that is gaining popularity is concrete tile roofing. These roofing tiles come in a wide array of colors and shapes, so they can complement the look of most any home. However, you will want to consider both the advantages and disadvantages of concrete tile roofing before choosing it for your home.
Pro: Concrete tiles have a long life expectancy.
Depending on the climate in your area, your home design, and the quality of the tiles you choose, you can expect them to last between 35 and 50 years. This is on par with the life expectancy of metal roofs, and it is significantly longer than the 15 – 18 years you can expect to get out of 3-tab asphalt shingles. Have a concrete tile roof put on your home now, and you won't have to worry about replacing it for a long time – if ever in your lifetime.
Pro: Concrete tiles are fire, insect, and rot-proof.
Few other roofing types can claim resistance to all three of these problems. Wood is susceptible to fire, insects, and rot. Asphalt roofs can burn, and though they don't technically "rot," they do break down when exposed to continuous moisture for a long time. If you live in an area where forest fires are common, choosing a concrete tile roof will help protect your home. Contrarily, if you live in an area where it's frequently snowy or rainy, tile will stand up to the challenge.
Con: Tile roofs are heavy.
If you're thinking of putting a tile roof on an existing home that currently has some other type of roof, you'll need to have the home inspected by a structural engineer first. Tile roofs are pretty heavy, and some homes may not be able to support their weight.
Con: You'll have a hard time repairing a tile roof yourself.
As your roof ages, some tiles may crack and need to be replaced. This is not a job you can tackle yourself, as you might it you had damaged asphalt shingles or wooden shakes. Concrete tiles easily crack when you walk across them, so you're best leaving the repairs to a skilled roofer who knows how to maneuver up there without causing additional damage.
Con: The up-front cost is higher than some other roofing materials.
While you may save money in the long-run since you won't need to replace or repair your roof for a long time, tile roofs are more expensive up-front than asphalt, wooden, or many metal roofs. A basic roof on a one-story ranch home will cost between $7,650 and $19,000. Contact a roofing company, such as Darnell Construction, for a more accurate estimate.