Concrete tiles resemble the look of clay tiles, but cost a lot less. Clay tiles last longer than concrete tiles. However, concrete tiles can still last for quite a long time, namely for 25 to 50 years. Moreover, while clay tiles keep their color for a long time, concrete tiles tend to fade over time.
At the same time, since concrete tiles can be quite heavy, it is very important to consult with a professional and evaluate the structural integrity of your home and thus estimate if it can support a heavy load type of roofing such as the one made of concrete tiles. It may be necessary to reinforce your roof. In fact, concrete tiles can weigh almost 45% more than clay tiles and they also absorb more water than clay. On the other hand, clay tiles can break more easily in colder climate conditions than concrete tiles.
There are other important factors to be taken into account, such as the slope of the roof. The good thing about concrete tiles is that they can be installed on lower pitched roofs also. It would be very important to install a waterproof layer under the tiles or the tile fasteners. Talk to trusted Houston roofing contractors if you are considering installing a concrete roof. They can best provide you the information you need to make a roofing systems decision that works best for your home and budget.