A Guide to Concrete Roofing

Concrete roofing: It’s a popular option for commercial properties for its strength and longevity. While concrete roofing isn’t a traditional choice for residential applications, it can offer distinct benefits for certain homes. As an alternative to regular residential roofing materials, such as asphalt and slate, concrete roofing may be a longer-lasting investment in your home. Additionally, with modern innovations in concrete roofing, Littleton homeowners can achieve a traditional home roof aesthetic using concrete. This makes it a viable option for many residential roofing systems. Here, we’ll provide more information about concrete roofing in Littleton, along with pros and cons to consider for your roof installation.  

How Does Concrete Roofing Work?

Concrete roofing essentially consists of a large piece of concrete covering the top of a home. The piece of concrete is usually at least a few inches thick to provide adequate protection against the elements. 

Due to the sheer weight of concrete, the framework for a concrete roof must be remarkably strong. Reinforcement with steel bars must also be added to ensure that the home can support the full weight of the concrete. The home must often also be adjusted structurally to ensure that it can handle the weight of the roof. This is typically the case if a home is constructed of wooden beams. Ideally, the home’s support system will also be made of concrete to prevent collapse. 

Concrete roofs can be flat or sloped, though sloped concrete roofs require advanced engineering. 

Concrete Roof Tiles

Concrete roof tiles can help increase the practicality of a concrete roof while offering a high degree of durability. These tiles simulate the appearance of other types of roof tiles, such as sale and clay. However, concrete roof tiles can, unlike other roofing materials, remain in good condition for the entire lifespan of a Littleton home. Concrete roof tiles, rather than a slab of concrete, can also increase the practicality of the roof installation by requiring a less extensive support system.  

Pros and Cons of Concrete Roofing

Pros:

  • Exceptional strength

One of the main advantages of a concrete roofing system is its remarkable strength. In Littleton and throughout Colorado, storms and high winds place a significant strain on any roofing system. Roof hail damage is especially prevalent and can lead to high repair costs for homeowners. Given that concrete roofing is exceptionally durable, it will lower the number of repairs that your roof will require over time. Whether it be high winds, blizzards, or hail, a concrete roof will provide reliable protection for your home. 

  • Longevity

Concrete is one of the most durable roofing materials around. Remarkably, concrete tile roofing systems can last for well over 50 years. Other types of roofing systems will require replacement in 20 years. So, by reducing your need for roof replacements, concrete roofing will save you money over time. 

  • Reduced risk of fire damage

Concrete roofing is highly resistant to fire. The dry climate here in Colorado places homeowners at a higher risk for fire-related roof damage. So, by installing a concrete roof, you can feel more confident in your home’s protection against fire. 

  • Versatility

Many homeowners may not expect that concrete roofing is available in a broad range of colors and designs. With the range of concrete tiles available today, you can ensure that your concrete roof adds to the aesthetic of your home. 

  • Minimal maintenance

Concrete roofing will lower your roofing system’s repair needs. This is due to the material’s high durability, which keeps the risk for damage exceptionally low. 

Cons:

  • Weight

The main drawback of concrete roofing systems is weight. Concrete roofing systems are heavier than just about any other type of roofing material. This complicates the installation process and, as mentioned above, may require structural adjustments for your home. The installation of a concrete roof will take more time and need more labor than that of an asphalt roof, for example. 

  • Fading

Over the lifespan of a concrete tile roof, the tiles often start to fade due to prolonged sun exposure. While this won’t diminish the strength of the roof, it will impact the appearance of your home’s exterior. 
For more information about concrete roofing in Littleton, please contact Anderson Builders today.