Concrete roofing is fairly unusual, so you may be surprised to learn that is does exist. Very few people have actually heard of it in fact, but if you are considering overhauling your roof then you should definitely consider concrete tile roofing.
Slate tiles and various other forms are quite common and all have their advantages, but so do concrete roof tiles and these are actually too abundant to ignore. That’s why we wanted to give you a good idea of what concrete tile roofing can bring to your home and how to install it.
Advantages of Concrete Tile Roofing
Concrete tile roofing has many viable advantages over the competition, none more so than the fact that it is the longest lasting roofing type known to man. Every concrete roof is expected to last at least a hundred years and very few do not make it to that point. This is because they fend off any and all attacks by the elements.
Concrete roof tiles are resistant to wind (if fixed properly), rain and fire, amongst other things and have another related advantage in that they are actually extremely easy to repair and replace if necessary.
The extent of a repair is simply replacing a cracked tile every now and again. When you look at all of this, it is easy to see just why concrete tile roofing is perhaps one of the better roofing options open to you out there.
There are actually several installation methods that are associated with concrete tile roofing and each one of them is as effective as the others. Professionals use all of the methods outlined below but it is just as easy for a homeowner to perform the installation his or herself. There is no major scientific logic to it or special training. Just follow the instructions and you will be fine.
All installation methods begin the same way. You roof must have underlining on it in order to be able to place the wooden battens and attach them to your home effectively. These points are the same for every single tile roof, regardless of the material used for the tiles.
The underlinement should already be in place but if it needs replacing then lay the underlayment and attach it to the roof structure using a combination of adhesive and nails to hold it in place. The wooden battens should then be spaced along the roof with enough of a gap between them to lay the individual tiles but they should overlap slightly so measure and plan for the battens to be approximately two thirds of a tile away from each other. You can then attach the tiles using the following:
1. Lugs – Some concrete tiles actually have lugs on the back of them. These lugs are used to hook the tile onto the battens. They literally snap into place with the lugs holding them secure. Once they are hooked on, they are difficult to move by any force other than the human kind!
2. Adhesive – This is becoming extremely popular because not even a hurricane can move a tile that is properly glued on! It can, however, be levered off if is necessary to replace the tile.
3. Screws – This method can only be used if there is a sheet of plywood or similar material underneath the underlinement because there obviously has to be something to screw the tiles on with! It is just as effective as the other two though, unless there is a house fire of course.
All of the concrete tiles are actually linked via a rain channel on the actual tiles so there are no gaps in the roof and therefore no weaknesses. Concrete tile roofing is actually a very strong material and leads to a very strong roof that is easy to install and pay dividends year after year.