Concrete roof tiles

Concrete roof tiles is very practical and reliable roofing material. It belongs to the category of «flexible (soft) roofing».

This type of roofing material has wide color range. Colours of concrete tiles are determined by special colorants. These elements are added to the concrete mass. Colorants are resistant to sunlight and do not affect on the strength of tiles.

Definition

Concrete roof tiles is a modern roofing material, which is made from modified bitumen, water, cement and sand. There are different specifications of concrete roof tiles, which are offered by roofing companies in Denver.

House with concrete tile roof
House with concrete tile roof

For example, there are three main appearances (types) of this material:

  • Flat profile concrete roof tiles;
  • Low profile;
  • High profile.

Concrete tile roof is almost waste-free. In addition, this type of roofing is suitable for both simple forms of roof and roofs with complicated architectural elements.

Concrete roofing tiles are very popular as a roofing material now. Statistics shows that more than 80% of cottages in USA have concrete tiles roof.

This type of roofing has wide range of color and different forms. For example, fans of Mediterranean style can choose terracotta concrete roof tiles, which are offered for sale by many roofing companies in Denver. There are following main forms of concrete roof tiles:

  • So called «Beaver tail»;

    Beaver tail roof tiles
    Beaver tail roof tiles

  • Dragoon tooth;
  • Shingle;
  • Bricks;
  • Rectangular form;
  • Diamond;
  • Hexagon.

Advantages and disadvantages

It is really important to know pros and cons of certain roofing material. There are such advantages of concrete roof tiles:

  • Prestige and low price – concrete roof tiles look quite attractive and also they have significantly lower cost than metal tiles and some types of slate;
  • Efficiency – This material is produced in the form of shingles 1 meter in width, so there are no cropped parts after its installation;
  • Noiselessness – this material will ensure nice and restful sleep for you, even in the case of strong rain;
  • Relatively long lifespan;
  • Corrosion resistance;
  • Color fastness – this material is able to maintain the original color for 10 years;
  • Strength – this type of roofing perfectly withstands weather conditions, like rain and strong wind;
  • Simple installation, maintenance and repair;
  • Lightness – this material has light weight.

Also this type of roofing has some disadvantages, among them:

  • Bad sustainability to the ultraviolet radiation;
  • Concrete roofing tiles may be exposed to temperature difference;
  • High probability of fungus appearance;
  • This roofing material requires the installation of solid crate.

As you can see, disadvantages of concrete roofing tiles are not so significant as its benefits. It is really good material, which is highlighted with its decorativeness. It can be combined with any type of facade (timber, brick or something else).

Concrete roof tiles on house with brick facade
Photo: concrete roof tiles on house with brick facade

It is really universal type of roofing. For example, it is suitable for roofs with low pitch or minimum pitch. In addition, it is really popular and wide spread material.

Installation

Before the installation you have to choose, which concrete roofing tiles to buy. You should pay great attention to the manufacturer of concrete roofing tiles.

There are such concrete tile roof manufacturers and suppliers in Denver: Lowes, Monier, Boral, Home Depot, Mesaaz, Quinn and other roofing companies in Denver. As you can see, there are a lot of different options.

Video: Concrete Tile Roofing Installation.

Installation of the concrete tile roof is quite difficult process, so you need to learn some tips to make it quickly and efficiently.

Installation of concrete tile roofing
Installation of concrete tile roofing

 

So, at first, you should prepare basis and underlayment of the roof. During the construction of rafters you should be very accurate and attentive with its reliable fastening. It is recommended to handle wood with special defensive structures (phenazone, antiseptic).

It is really important to make completely smooth surface. For this purpose you can use moisture resistant plywood, board, floorboards or cutting board. It is recommended to remain gaps between individual elements for the compensation of thermal expansion of details.

During the design of the roof you should consider its height and dimensions, which are determined according to the wind power and impact of snow.

After finishing the rafter rafter system, you can start to put waterproofing and vapor barrier (you can choose porous material). Qualitative waterproofing will ensure the long lifespan and strength of roofing material. In addition, it will avoid water leaking and other problems with roof.

Rafter system for concrete tile roofing
Rafter system for concrete tile roofing

Also you should provide ventilation system for the roof – it is especially important for the observance of temperature regime. Properly constructed ventilation system will allow to avoid the appearance of excess moisture and mold.

Natural ventilation can be ensured with following elements:

  • Vents for admission of air;
  • Channels for air circulation;
  • Vents for hood.

Size of channels depends on the angle of the rays. If the angle is more than 20 degrees, channels should have not less than 5 inches in height. If the angle is less than 20 degrees, should be equal to 8 inches.

Venting for concrete tile roofing
Photo: venting for concrete tile roofing

Exhaust elements can be performed in the upper part of the roof as follows:

  • Bars on the sides of the roof;
  • Ridge aerator;
  • Hood with access to the roof.

It is necessary to strengthen roofing overhangs with gable and cornice trims. You should use roofing nails for its fixation.

Installation of concrete roofing tiles you should start from the removing of defensive membrane. Then you fix tiles with nails to the basis layer and to grease it on the edges with bitumen mastic.

You need to put tiles starting from edges to the ridge, it is very important. Also you have to grease each tile with bitumen adhesive. After that, under the impact of sunlight, tiles will stick together and they will also stick to the crate.

With these advises, installation of your roof will be qualitative and reliable.

Cost

Here you can see the short comparative table of prices in US cities and in Vancouver (Canada). You can analyze it and choose the best option for yourself.

City/State Cost per square foot, $
Tallahassee/Florida 25-35
Las Vegas/Nevada 30-40
Phoenix/Arizona 25-28
San Diego/California 20-30
Sacramento/California 20-30
Vancouver/Canada 30-40

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