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Chesapeake Roofers: Article About Pros and Cons Of Concrete Roofing

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Although it may not be the most popular type of roofing material, concrete roofing is an option that is available to homeowners. Just like other types of roofing materials, including asphalt, clay and metal, concrete roofing tiles have numerous advantages and disadvantages that may make them a great option for one home but not another. Chesapeake roofers can determine if concrete can be used on a particular home or if this is the best option available for a homeowner.

One of the biggest advantages for concrete roofing is that it is incredibly strong. Unlike many asphalt, clay and metal roofs, concrete can withstand intense wind and rainstorms that would tear up other types of roofing materials. Additionally, they are not as susceptible to wind uplift, unlike other types of roofs. This strength contributes to their long lifespan. In fact, if the concrete roof is properly installed and regular maintenance is provided, the roof can last the lifetime of the home. Most manufacturers even offer a warranty for concrete roofing that can last as long as 50 years. Finally, concrete is relatively cheap, given its durability, especially if it is being compared to tile or slate roofing.

As with any type of roofing, there are some disadvantages to concrete roofing. The biggest disadvantage is that concrete materials are very heavy.

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If the home is a new construction, this should not be a problem, as the home can be designed to carry the weight of the roof. If the home is a bit older, however, it will have to be determined if the home's structure can support a concrete roof. The other downside is that a sealant is needed to repel water. Often, this sealant is made from asphalt felt. A roofer may also recommend that a second layer of flashing be added to the home to further protect against water damage.

Another problem that can form over time is the appearance of the roof. Concrete roofing tiles have the tendency to fade over time as they are exposed to the sun. This can make it very difficult, if not impossible, to replace a portion of concrete roofing tiles if they are needed. If a portion of the roof is replaced, it can take several years for the new tiles to fade to the same color as the original tiles.

Ultimately, homeowners should weigh the pros and cons before making a decision about installing concrete tiles. When installed on the right home, concrete tiles can provide the right protection and increase the home's curb appeal.

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