We’ve talked about the basics about concrete roofing before here at Roofcorp but now we want to dive in a bit deeper. Concrete roofing is actually a common roofing choice for commercial buildings and developments, along with ranch and prairie-style homes. Let’s take an in-depth look at concrete roofing and why it’s still such a common way to roof a building.
More About Concrete Roofing
Concrete roofing offers more colors and styles for a roof than even asphalt shingles do. It’s tough, attractive, durable and easy to maintain. However, the reason why you don’t see it as often in residential neighborhoods is that homeowner associations and local building codes don’t think it’s an attractive fit. Thus, they force homeowners to use asphalt shingles, which can be just as effective but may offer less options depending on the home.
Some of the pros of using concrete roofing;
- Blending concrete can create unique looks and textures
- Fireproof and non-combustible
- Staggered roofing is possible depending on slope of roof
- Easier maintenance than other roof types
- 50-year warranty offered by most material providers
- Can resist winds up to 125 MPH in most installations
- Energy efficient and friendly
If you’re looking for a concrete roofer, you may not find one as easily as you find an asphalt-based roofer. Concrete roofing companies aren’t as popular as they once were. If you find a long-standing roofing company, chances are you’ll find roofers there that have done concrete roofs once upon a time. They still may be able to do them or point you in the direction of a company that can. Some companies only special in concrete roofing, too.
When deciding on a roof nowadays, the biggest factors fall between what your community will allow, what your insurance will cover and what looks good on your home. While concrete might add a level of sophistication and architecture you’re looking for, it may be easier to stick with the more traditional asphalt roofing style. It’s easy to get approved for, easier to match to your home in many cases and will be insured better than concrete roofing styles.