TECHNICAL

The best practice for constructing a durable roof that’s capable of withstanding brutal weather conditions is to install a concrete roof tiling system. Concrete roof tiles can withstand a variety of tough weather conditions, hail, rain and even fires. This resilience enables tile manufacturers to offer some of the longest warranties in the roofing industry. Most manufacturers offer a minimum of a 50-year warranty.

Concrete tile is made from extruded concrete. Extruded concrete is subjected to high pressure as it passes through rollers, exiting as a ribbon of concrete. It’s then placed into molds before going through a short curing process. Worried about the weight of concrete tiles? To be on the safe side, make sure the roof has been engineered to withstand the weight before you install them. Concrete tiles consist primarily of cement, sand, and pigments, and are available in an array of colours. Masequa tiles are colored with metallic oxide pigments using color through. In the colour through process, pigments are added to the concrete so that the color is mixed all the way through the tile.

Concrete roof tiles should be installed over the roof underlayment, from the bottom to the top, following tile manufacturer’s guidelines. Tiles should overlap each other to guard against moisture intrusion. Hips and ridges need a cap tile. A properly installed concrete roof tile lasts a minimum of 50 years, and with a variety of colors and styles to choose from, is an attractive, durable solution for homes in harsh climates.