Clay & Concrete for Colorado Roofing

There is beginning to be a resurgence in the popularity of clay and concrete tiles for Colorado Roofing. What is clay and concrete tiles and what are their benefits?

Clay or Concrete for Colorado Roofing

Though they look similar there is a difference between clay and concrete tiles. Concrete tiles are manufactured with clay, sand and cement. They can have different properties depending on the ratio of the different ingredients.

Clay tiles are pressed directly from natural clay.

Benefits for Colorado Roofing

Clay or concrete tiles have a number of benefits for Colorado roofs.

They stand up very well to driving snow and ice. The texture of the tile can be either smooth or rough, either way it is difficult for large amounts of snow to gather on these materials. No accumulated snow means the likelihood of ice dams is much smaller. Ice dams are notorious for causing roof damage and leaks.

Colorado has large amounts of sunshine and can sometimes pack some summer heat, but that’s no problem for clay or concrete. Depending on the color and composition often times tiles do a good job at reflecting thermal energy instead of absorbing it.

This leads to a naturally cooler home in the summer, saving you large amounts of money on your energy bill. Many clay and concrete tiles comes with warranties easily extending into 50 years. Often clay and concrete tiles will last longer than the roofing structure they sit on.

Colorado also have a large number of adobe or southwestern style homes. Nothing matches the stucco character of these homes quite like tiles. Recently more colors and styles have become available especially for concrete tiles. Most of the colors are still warm and earth toned as many manufacturers keep the color of the original clay.

A major factor to consider with clay or concrete is the cost. Due to material costs and skilled installation, tiles can often be more expensive than a material like asphalt shingles. However when you choose tile it is likely that you will never have to replace your roofing material again.

In Colorado wildfires are an issue as well but because they are non combustible, clay and concrete are a great choice if wildfire is a serious threat.

Get the Most Out of Colorado Roofing

With so many materials and options available it may sometimes be difficult to figure out what Colorado roofing is appropriate to your home. Here are some tips and tricks to help you in your decision.

How to Choose Colorado Roofing

Consider the Style of Your Home

Most homeowners will want a roof that is visually appealing and a lot of this comes to matching the style of your home. Here are some of our recommendations for common Colorado home styles.

  • Craftsman: Very common style of home in Colorado, consider asphalt shingles with the proper color or color pattern to match your exterior paint.
  • Southwest or Adobe: Nothing matches the stucco quality of a southwest home quite like clay or concrete tiles.
  • Modern or Low Slope:  Metal roofing is quickly becoming a popular style for low slope and modern style homes. The metal can flow into the low angles.
  • Rustic or Cabin: The rustic appeal of a log cabin or mountain home deserves a proper matching roof styles. Cedar or wooden shakes and shingles keep the wooden appeal and character for a charming rustic look.
  • Mansion or Regal: If it is within your budget consider the classic style of slate tiles. Nothing adds curb appeal and a refined look quite like slate.

Consider the Weather

Colorado has wild weather patterns so you need a Colorado roofing material that is going to stand up to these onslaughts.

  • Hail – Very common during the summer in most parts of Colorado. Consider impact-resistant shingles to absorb the damage. Quality metal roofing also does a nice job but can be quite noisy.
  • Driving and Accumulating Snow – While asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing option they tend to hold onto snow and ice, especially in low slope roofs. Metal, clay and concrete and slate all do an excellent job of preventing snow and ice from accumulating in the first place.
  • Wind – Most modern roofing materials are able to stand up to strong winds. Don’t attempt to go too cheap on materials if you live an area with the potential for strong winds, or you’ll pay more to constantly fix problems.

Consider Your Budget

Work with your Colorado roofer and these criteria to set a proper budget for your home. See if your roofing contractor can help get you any credit towards taxes or discounts on your insurance premiums as well to get the bets bang for your buck and Colorado Roofing!