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Some homeowners consider concrete or clay tile a beautiful roofing option. This form of roofing has benefits and disadvantages. A Charlotte roofing specialist may help in deciding if tile roofing is a good idea.

Concrete and clay tiles have many benefits over other roofing materials. They are both very durable. Clay tiles last longer than concrete. Clay tiles may be one of the most durable roofing materials available. Concrete tiles have a longevity of 30 to 50 years, whereas, clay tiles may last 100 years or more.

They are both fire resistant and are unaffected by extreme weather, hail and high winds. They are heat resistant, light reflective and energy efficient. This is why they are often favored in warm climates. They are also insect and rot resistant and low maintenance.

Concrete and clay tiles are both expensive; however, clay tiles are more costly than concrete. The price for a square of concrete tile runs from $400 to $1,000. Clay tile can cost 30 to 50 percent more than concrete tile at $700 to $3,000 per square.

Manufacturers make concrete tiles by mixing cement, sand and water and pouring it into molds. The molds are cured until they reach their proper strength. Clay tile is made by pouring clay into molds; however, the molds are fired in a kiln, not cured. Concrete and clay tiling can be molded to appear like other roofing materials, such as shingles or shakes.

The roofing contractors from Southern Home Services of Charlotte would be happy to answer questions about vinyl siding or fiber cement siding.

Clay tiles are often molded for the Spanish Mission, Italian or southwestern look.

For color and texture, clay and cement tile undergo different processes. Color can be added to the surface of concrete tile or throughout it. Concrete tiles fade over time. They have a greater variety of colors and designs from which to choose than clay tiles. Clay tiles are glazed for color and texture and hold color longer than concrete. The kiln firing seals in the color of the clay tiles.

Concrete and clay tile roofing is heavy. It can put a strain on the structure of a house. Because of its weight, it should be installed over heavy duty wood decking. Concrete and clay tiles must have high quality underlayment underneath them. This underlayment offers extra protection against moisture and leakage.

Neither clay nor concrete tiles are suited for cold climates. Concrete tiles absorb moisture. When it is cold, this moisture causes them to freeze and shatter. A cold weather installation process may be performed that allows both concrete and clay tiles to better withstand cold weather. Both are best suited for warm climates.

Another disadvantage is that clay tiles are difficult to repair and install. Walking on them can break them. Only a professional should do maintenance and installation.

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