Concrete roof tiles are made of a mixture of sand, cement, and pigment, and were first used for roofing purposes in the 19th century. The fact that many buildings of this time still stand with their original roofs is proof of a concrete roof’s lifetime warranty and high durability. A concrete roof is fire resistant, and boasts a Class 3 hail resistance rating. Concrete roof tiles are also capable of withstanding winds exceeding 125 miles per hour, making them highly suitable to areas prone to tornados. The concrete roof is also non-combustible, and do not rot, burn, curl, warp, or rust. An additional benefit is that the concrete roof is an excellent insulator, keeping your house warm in winter and cool in summer.
Due to the rising costs in Petroleum- based products, concrete roof tiles have recently increased in price. However, if you take into consideration that a concrete roof need not ever be replaced, the initial installation is probably all you’ll spend apart from general maintenance (we recommend a concrete roof inspection once annually in order to avoid leaf debris and moss growth, and prevent cracks and tile displacement).
Concrete roof tile is heavy, so installing concrete roof tiles can be difficult and will take time. Installing concrete roof tiles is strongly recommended for buildings situated in coastal areas, as concrete roof tiles are salt-safe and corrosion resistant. If you are interested in installing a concrete roof deck, speak with a local Roof 101 contractor for further information and advice. We offer a variety of installation, repair, and maintenance services for all concrete roof deck applications, and work with a wide range of concrete tile styles, colors, sizes, and designs.
In this DIY guide we'll go over all the basics of how to build a flat roof. From the materials to the actual installation, we'll provide an extensive step by step guide. We'll focus mainly on the EPDM flat roofing system.