Concrete Exemplifies That Synthetic Roofing Continues to Evolve

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In the quest for durable, sustainable, and efficient roofing solutions, the construction and architectural sectors continuously innovate and refine materials and methods. Among the myriad of roofing options, concrete has long stood as a pillar of reliability. However, the emergence of synthetic flat concrete roofing is reshaping perceptions, offering a compelling alternative to traditional real concrete roofing. This blog explores the many benefits of synthetic flat concrete roofing, juxtaposing its advantages over its real concrete counterpart.

There are many types of concrete tile that could be used on a home, from Spanish, French, to Double Roman; but Flat concrete tile is extremely popular among homeowners searching for a modern aesthetic, and it doesn’t take more than a look to understand why. The sleek, uniform shape, clean, sharp lines, and variety of subtle yet tasteful earthy colors gives concrete tile an unmistakable appearance of understated elegance and almost unrivaled versatility. 

Flat concrete roof tiles have a modern look, with a geometric uniformity that can enhance any building you put them on, regardless of aesthetics. These tiles are an attractive choice for homeowners because of their ability to enhance the qualities of a home without drawing too much attention to the tiles themselves, they also possess an impressive durability that’s hard to match. 

However, before you decide that natural concrete tile is the right choice for you, it’s important to consider their limitations as well as their benefits. Ecostar’s newly-introduced composite concrete tile may prove the more attractive option, especially for more ambitious roofing projects. 

What are natural concrete tiles made of?

Concrete roof tiles are manufactured through a mixture of sand, cement, and water, which are poured into molds with iron oxide being added for color. This mixture results in a material similar to normal concrete, while being more lightweight; something incredibly important considering concrete roof tiles are still very heavy. It’s this process where natural concrete tile owes its durability and longevity.

What are the pros of natural concrete tile?

Concrete tiles can come in a wide variety of different colors, meaning they can be compatible with the aesthetics and color scheme of nearly any home or building.

The lifespan of a concrete tile roof is impressive, spanning roughly 50 to 100 years, but that will depend on how well it’s maintained, the local climate of your region, and of course how well they were installed. 

Concrete roofs require lower maintenance than other materials. If tiles break or crack off, they should be properly addressed to protect your underlayment. They are also susceptible to moss accumulation, creating cracks and weakening the structural integrity between each tile, but largely speaking, flat tile roofs are easy to clean and maintain.

Most importantly, concrete roof tiles are known for their durability and longevity; due to the materials used in their manufacture, concrete tiles are class-A fire resistant and largely resistant to hail-damage and strong winds up to 125 mph, strong enough to strip other less-durable tile materials. This means, despite large upfront costs, they are durable enough to not require the same level of repair or maintenance as other roof tiles.

What are the cons of natural concrete tile?

A major consideration when opting for a roof with natural concrete tiles is the weight of the tiles. Natural concrete roof tiles add significant weight to a building’s structure; weighing anywhere from 800 pounds per 100 square feet for 6×6 tiles, and up to 1200 pounds per 100 square feet for 10×10 tiles. Older structures or renovations will require an assessment by a structural engineer to determine if reinforcement is necessary. These installation requirements often equate to a prolonged project with extra labor costs. 

Another drawback is their cost; roughly speaking, materials cost about $2 to $4 per square foot, and $7 to $19 per square foot to install, amounting to anywhere from $10,500 to $28,000 for a 1500 square foot roof. Extra reinforcement can also cost thousands of dollars, no less than $1,000 and usually no more than $10,000 depending on the circumstances. For reference, an asphalt shingle roof costs anywhere from $5,000 to $12,000 to install, meaning even higher-end asphalt roofs are usually cheaper than concrete tile ones. 

Despite the generally low maintenance of concrete tile, something that will need to be addressed every 10 years is a roof’s underlayment, a material between your roof and home that prevents water leakage from cracks in your roof’s surface. Concrete tile can sometimes crack or expand due to prolonged exposure to the sun, potentially exposing your underlayment to rain and other elements of nature.

What qualities make synthetic flat concrete tile a great option?

Concrete tile’s versatility and its ability to subtly enhance the appearance of nearly any home makes it a difficult tile to beat, not to mention its robust longevity and durability, but Ecostar’s new composite concrete roof tile capitalizes on all the benefits of natural concrete while eliminating many of its limitations and detriments. 

The biggest obstacle in the way of any concrete tile roofing project is its weight. This makes installation a difficult process that can induce serious strain on a structure that isn’t built to accommodate the material, whereas Ecostar’s synthetic concrete is much lighter by comparison, with similarly high durability. Not only is it able to be used on houses and other structures which couldn’t accommodate natural concrete tile, the installation process is much easier, and comes at a competitive price. Composite concrete tile allows you to capitalize on the unmistakable aesthetic qualities and longevity of concrete tile no matter how ambitious your roofing project turns out to be. 

Something else you won’t need to compromise on is the choices of color. A large contributing factor to natural concrete tile’s versatility is its wide variety of possible colors it can come in; something Ecostar’s synthetic tile also possesses. From a svelte black, to a rich brown, a lush green to the iconic fiery terra-cotta orange.

Ecostar’s composite concrete tile maximizes the already impressive variety of applications natural concrete tile can be used for. Not to mention, due to its light weight, any type of roofing project regardless of the color of your house or the weight it can bare, can reap the full benefits of concrete tile with virtually none of its costly limitations.

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