Concrete tiles are an excellent option for a roof, providing many advantages.
Ease Of Repairs
A benefit of installing all kinds of tiles, including concrete ones, is that if several crack or break from someone walking across them or by a falling tree, then you only need to renew the damaged tiles. This saves you the work and cost of replacing other unspoilt roof areas. You won't have to replace a whole section, from cap to gutter, like you might have to with sheet metal for example.
Concrete is a highly versatile material that is easily cast into numerous shapes and tile profiles to enhance many architectural styles. So, you will have no problem finding the right version for your project. The starting mixture of sand, cement and water can include colouring pigments and additives to create roofing of virtually any colour or texture. Concrete tiles can mimic terracotta, slate or stone. You can also paint them after manufacture to match your environment.
Durable And Long-Lasting
Concrete is exceptionally durable and can last many decades. It doesn't corrode, rust or warp. Concrete, though, is heavy and the building structure needs to carry this load. Though, on the plus side, because they're solid, gusty winds are not likely to lift and blow the tiles away. Because they can last for many years, if need be, you can reuse concrete tiles for other building projects and renovations, or you can crush and recycle them.
High Thermal Mass
Concrete is a dense material, denser than terracotta. And it has a high thermal mass which means that it needs a lot of radiant heat from the sun to warm up. So, on a hot day, a concrete tiled roof will absorb the heat instead of just allowing it to pass straight through into your home. The concrete stores and holds the heat, and it then releases it in the cold night air. High thermal mass materials moderate and average internal temperatures by absorbing heat and releasing it later. It evens out temperatures, so your home isn't boiling during the day and then freezing in the evening. This is ideal for more temperate climates, and it can help to reduce cooling and heating costs. A steel roof, in contrast, can allow heat through faster so inside will get warm quickly, but it also allows the heat to dissipate faster at nighttime.
The thermal mass of concrete tiles depends on their thickness and colour. Thicker tiles can store more heat before passing it on. And darker shades, no matter what the roofing material, absorb heat more than lighter surfaces which tend to reflect it. To learn more about roofing material options, contact your local contractors.