Information About Clay and Concrete Roofing
The best way to understand the different material types for San Antonio roofing replacement is to realize why they are so popular when used on the interior of your home. Take tile for example – it is a popular choice for kitchens and bathrooms because it is resistant to water, requires very little maintenance, and is very stylish. These same properties are what make clay and concrete tiles a traditional favorite for a roofing material.
The biggest market for tile roof installations in San Antonio is consumers who want a wood-like look on their home but without the fire hazards and increased wear of installing shakes. These durable pieces of tile offer a very unique aesthetic to the exterior of your home and they come in a variety of shades and textures.
San Antonio Tile Roof Costs
If you're looking into a San Antonio tile roof installation it's important to realize that there are two basic materials which the products are constructed of – concrete (cement) and clay. Concrete tiles are a mixture of sand, cement, and water whereas clay tiles are created by baking molded clay to different times and temperatures to produce various density and strength properties. The manufacturing process of creating clay tiles is a little more extensive than concrete and it's reflected in the price differentials ($900 per square to $400). A few of the reasons besides manufacturing processes that drive these prices up are the requirement of skilled labor for installation and the fact that your roof structure must be reinforced to withstand the excessive weight of tiles.
Tile Roof Life Span
The differences between concrete and clay for your San Antonio roof replacement extend beyond cost. Concrete tiles have been known to become brittle (not so much in our climate as colder ones) and shatter when walked upon. Clay tiles have a bit more structural integrity. Either way the roof as a whole has a typical life span of 50+ years.
Clay and Concrete Tile Energy Efficiency
Tiles do have nice reflective properties making them a viable energy-efficient San Antonio roofing replacement option. The 'one-by-one' installation of tiles instead of in sheets also helps to create a ventilated airspace that creates a thermal barrier for heat transfer.
Tile Roofing Intangibles
There is little, if any maintenance required with neither clay nor concrete tiles which makes them a very appealing option for a San Antonio roof replacement. The natural materials withstand the elements well, including fire. Design options such as faux wood shakes are improving rapidly. If your building can withstand the weight and you can absorb the price concrete and clay tiles will serve as a great roof for the next half-century.
For more information about the structural requirements needed to implement tile as a San Antonio roofing replacement and for a free estimate please call us at 210-693-1727.