When one thinks of a professionally installed tile roofing system, the images that immediately come to mind are of European villas and summers spent at seaside resorts. Tile roofs have long been regarded as some of the most beautiful materials available for homeowners worldwide, and they’re quickly becoming popular in Dallas too.
There are three main tile roofing variations available for homeowners to choose from. They include clay, ceramic, and concrete. Each one of these has its advantages and disadvantages that homeowners need to consider before installing the roofing material on their homes.
Today, we’ll compare the merits of clay and concrete tiles and which one is better suited for Dallas homes.
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 tile are determined by how the temperature at which the clay was baked and the duration of the baking process. Premium clay tiles tend to be baked for incredibly long periods and under high temperatures.
Clay roofing tiles are distinctive among other materials because they come in rich, warm hues that add to their home’s character. Baking them at high temperatures helps make the material more durable and keeps its color from fading away. Tile roofs can last a lifetime or longer with proper upkeep – which is something homeowners love about this material.
Concrete tiles consist of a mixture of sand, cement, aggregate, and water. Much like clay tiles, concrete tiles are baked under high temperatures where they are hardened and strengthened. Concrete’s natural color is a plain gray hue; however, homeowners are free to paint and coat the roofing material in whatever color they desire. The great thing about concrete is that it can be made to imitate other roofing materials. It can be molded and shaped to mimic clay tiles, slate, wood shakes, and more.
Concrete tiles have a lifespan of about 50, a little more with regular maintenance. When homeowners opt for the roofing material, they tend to enjoy the rugged aesthetic that the material provides. However, if you prefer something a little tidier, it would be advisable to be a little more thorough with your maintenance plan.
Both roofing materials are pretty heavy; homeowners, therefore, need to consult with their roofing company whether or not their home can support a clay or concrete roofing system. If you’re considering one of these materials for your home, do not hesitate to contact CMC Roofing Services today!