Concrete Roof Tile
Composed of a mixture of cement, sand, and water, concrete roof tile is a durable roofing material. Although the composition of the tiles themselves depends on the manufacturer, most roof tiles are made up of a blend of cement, fly ash, and various aggregates such as sand. Regardless of the specific formula that is used to make the tiles, the overall look and feel of tiles from different manufacturers are generally very similar.
Concrete roof tile Profiles
Concrete roof tile comes in varying profiles, each of which has a slightly different appearance.
1 As you might guess from its name, flat profile tile is flat. When you view the roof tile from the end, it doesn’t have any curve to it.
2 Concrete roof tile that has a small curve to it is known as low profile tile. With this type of tile, the ratio of the overall rise of the tile to its width is 1.5 or lower.
3 The most curved concrete tiles are known as high profile tiles. These tiles have a ratio between the rise and width that is higher than 1.5.
Concrete roof tiles come in a variety of different colors and patterns. Some tiles are smooth while others have a rough surface. In most cases, the colorant goes all the way through the tile rather than just being applied to the surface.
Concrete roof tile Weights
Concrete roofing tiles usually come in one of two weights: standard weight or lightweight. In general, standard weight tiles are a better choice than lightweight tiles. The lightweight tiles tend to be more prone to breakage than their standard weight counterparts, often snapping under the weight of snow or heavy footfalls. Lightweight tiles are also more expensive. Although you may need to hire a structural engineer to stabilize your home if you use standard weight tiles, in most cases it will still be less expensive than a lightweight tile roof, and will also be more durable.
Most concrete tile roofs last for at least 50 years. Unfortunately, they may need to be replaced more often than that since the underlayment and batten systems have a much shorter lifespan, usually only lasting 30-40 years.
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