|Hail Snow Rain Fire $1.5–$5.5 per sq ft|
|Hail Snow Rain Fire $1.5 – $5.5 per sq ft|
Concrete Roof Tiles & Shingle Installation
Concrete tiles are a popular, budget-friendly alternative to traditional clay roofing tiles. Concrete tiles have a long lifespan, require low maintenance, offer good fire protection (Class A rated), and are resistant to rot and insects. They are also considerably lighter in weight than clay tiles, preventing the structural problems often associated with clay tiles. Concrete tiles are extremely durable, and their strength is only reinforced by the interlocking mode of new roofing installation for concrete tile roofs.
Concrete Roof Tile Prices
- Concrete Roof Tile Cost: $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot.
- Labor Costs: Anywhere from $7000 to $10,000 for a 1500 square foot roof.
- Concrete Roof Life Expectancy: 50+ years.
- Energy Efficient
- Lighter than alternative tile roof materials.
- Very Durable.
When you consider that concrete roof tiles will last for the life of the structure, the full life-cycle cost of the roof is quite affordable when compared to other roofing materials. With regular maintenance, the hassle and expense of replacing a roof is minimized. According to a study from the National Association of Home Builders, concrete tile roofing is one of only three roofing materials that will last a lifetime. The other two are clay tile and copper roofing – both prohibitively expensive when compared to concrete tile. Generally, you can expect to spend between $1.50 to $5.00 per square foot for concrete roofing.
Concrete Tile Roofing Installation – Costs:
Concrete tile roof installation requires special tools and equipment, and it should be done by an experienced concrete tile roof installer. The labor portion of the project will cost about $7,000 to $10,000 for a 1,500 square foot roof, but due to the complex nature of installation, don’t rely on any numbers until you’ve gotten an estimate from a roofing contractor in your area. The labor process involves installing necessary underlayment before the tiles themselves can be installed.
If your home is new construction you will probably need a full roof replacement. When you talk to a concrete tile roofing contractor, make sure the estimate includes necessary permits, equipment transportation, labor, and also price quotes on roof removal and disposal fees.
Concrete Tile Roofing Costs – Other Things to Consider:
- Degree of Roof Slope: If your roof’s slope is less than 18 degrees, concrete tiles may not be the ideal roofing material for your home in regards to water runoff and weight.
- Concrete Tile Weight: The heaviness of tile is something to think about as you approach this project. Tiles are more than twice as heavy as asphalt shingles, so unless your home has previously had a tile roof, you will need to have your home evaluated by a structural engineer. If your home needs additional structural support, this could increase the cost of the project by thousands of dollars.
- Roof Underlayment: One of the great things about concrete tile roofs is that they last for a long time. However, the roof underlayment beneath them isn’t quite as staunch, and it will need to be replaced every 20 years. Concrete tiles are also somewhat fragile in spite of their durability, so make sure you only allow experienced concrete tile repair men on your roof, even for a seemingly easy repair project. The good news is that when it comes to maintenance, the most you’ll need to do (unless the concrete tiles incur damage) is lightly rinse them once a year.
Concrete Tile Roofing Energy Efficiency
Concrete tiles contain about 25% portland cement, an energy-intensive material to manufacture, but otherwise they are relatively environmentally friendly. Look for tiles that are made locally to reduce the environmental impact of transporting them from long distances. You can even purchase concrete roof tiles that work to pro-actively improve the environment. Boral, a clay and concrete roof tile maker, offers a smog-eating tile coating that neutralizes harmful nitrogen oxide, converting it to calcium nitrate, which washes off in the rain. The manufacturer claims that in one year, the average roof can remove a quantity of nitrogen oxide equivalent to that produced by driving a car 10,800 miles.
Concrete roof tiles can help to lower your energy costs by reducing heat transfer through air circulation under the tile and through concrete’s inherent insulating properties. Concrete tiles naturally ventilate the space between the roof and the deck, reducing heat transfer into the attic by up to 50% when compared to asphalt roofs. The result means less work for the air conditioner, less expenditure of energy and lower electrical bills for the end user.
Concrete Roof Tile Maintenance & Cleaning Tips
While concrete tiles are designed to be long lasting, their maintenance is important to prevent major problems such as leaking roofs, but also to preserve the color of the tiles and the overall decorative appeal of your roof. Consider trimming or removing overhanging trees to prevent moisture buildup from moss or lichen growth. Unlike with clay tiles, you can use a pressure washer to clean your concrete tile roof, but use the concrete-rating nozzle and wash from a distance of 3-4 feet to avoid forcing water underneath the tiles.
Even when properly installed, some concrete tiles may become dislodged, chipped, or cracked. Be sure to replace damaged tiles immediately to prevent the problem from spreading. Damaged tiles can be removed with a crowbar and replacement tiles can be snapped directly into place.
Thing to Consider with Concrete Tile Roofs
Though concrete tiles are considerably lighter than clay tiles, they are still quite heavy. There are “lightweight” versions available, but many roofing professionals warn that these versions aren’t as durable. Before installing concrete roofing tiles, have your home evaluated to ensure your home can bear the additional weight.
Also, it’s important to note that concrete does not repel water well naturally. Spend a little extra money for a quality concrete roof sealant to provide extra water protection. Finally, concrete tiles will ultimately fade over time. If you have a damaged concrete roof tile years down the line that needs to be replaced, know that it will take several years for your new tile to match the rest of your concrete roof.
You may also be interested in some of these roof type options as well:
- Copper Roof
- Clay Roof Tiles
- Concrete Tile Roof
- Corrugated Roof
- Foam Roof
- Hip Roof
- Metal Roof
- Rubber Roofing
- Slate Tile Roofing
- Standing Seam Metal Roof
- Steel Roof
- Tar and Gravel Roofing
- Tile Roofing
- Tin Roofs