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.