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Could Concrete Roofing Tiles Be Right For Your Home?

by Kyle Carpenter

When you need a completely new roof, whether it is on new construction or an older home that requires a tear-off, the roof will need to be built from the bottom up. In the past, most people chose asphalt shingles, and more recently, metal roofs have become increasingly popular.

Terra cotta, or clay, tiles have also been around for a long time, but they are cost-prohibitive for most people. Enter concrete, or cement, roofing tiles. Here's a closer look at the benefits over asphalt shingles of this relatively new player on the roofing market.

Cement Roofing Tiles Are Better For Specific Environments

The Eastern Seaboard, the Southeast, and the Gulf Coast all routinely get pounded by powerful tropical storms and hurricanes. California and the Rocky Mountains battle uncontrollable wildfires. The typical asphalt-shingled home in these areas cannot withstand the winds and flames cement roofing tiles can. Most cement roofing tiles have a Class A fire rating. If you live in an area that sees frequent wildfires, having a fire-resistant roof can mean the difference between a protected home and a lost home.

Cement roofing tiles are also better able to withstand the seismic activity that California experiences. Additionally, asphalt shingles can dry out, crack, and curl under intense heat, day after day, whereas concrete roofing tiles simply repel the heat.

Cement Roofing Tiles Will Go The Distance

Asphalt shingles are great for what they are, but no one can argue the fact a tile made from cement is going to be far more durable. In fact, concrete roofing tiles may very well last the entire life of the structure they are placed upon. They may be more expensive than asphalt shingles initially, but you'll likely never need another roof during your lifetime.

Cement Roofing Tiles Have Endless Design Options

Face it—there's nothing really aesthetically pleasing about asphalt roofing shingles. You basically pick out which of the 50 shades of gray and black shingle you want and that's that. Concrete or cement roofing tiles, on the other hand, are available in virtually every color of the rainbow. Instead of your roof looking like an unavoidable and inescapable part of your home you just try to ignore, you can purposely incorporate cement roofing shingles into your other design decisions. You can choose them to mix or match with your siding and trim work. Cement roofing shingles also come in a wide variety of profiles and textures, which will add considerably to the grandeur of your home.