There are few roofing options as durable, reliable and beautiful as concrete. You will be surprised at the options in textures and colors available to suit any type of design ( see below ). A concrete tile roof is also one of the easiest and most effective ways to increase the value of your home.
The life expectancy of this product is long. Some options are guaranteed to last 50 years and beyond. That means there’s no need to replace them every 10-20 years like you do with shingles! Concrete roof tiles tend to be on the more pricey end of the scale due to the many benefits and added value they confer to a house and therefore a careful assessment of the long term goals for your house should be discussed with your installer in order to confer the best cost to value ration to you.
During extreme climates, asphalt shingles for example can warp, crack, break, and fly right off your rooftop, leaving you with a big mess and an even bigger roofing bill. Concrete roof tiles, however, are classified as a Class “A” fire resistant and can sustain high winds of up to 290kph, pass the Grade 1 Freeze-Thaw requirements, and are seismic resistance tested. All and all making it ideal for the Southern Alberta weather.
Concrete tiles have evolved from the usual ‘concrete look’ and they can now imitate just any look imaginable, from a roof house in the Mediterranean to a wooden cabin look in the Rockies. As mentioned before they increase the curb appeal of the house without interfering with it’s style.
Popular Concrete Tile Options
Saxony is the classic concrete tile roof, and it is compatible with a plethora of architectural styles. Available in a broad range of colors, it faithfully captures the appearance of natural slate.
The first reaction we get is “that can not be concrete!” . The Madera tile is modeled after traditional heavy hand-split cedar shakes, delivering a true rustic, realistic wood appearance, while adding the superior features and benefits inherent in concrete tile.
The Villa tile confers a house with a traditional Mediterranean style, it is more light weight than other concrete models. It is a great option for those with light wall exteriors.