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Schenectady Roofing: Article About Clay Tiles Vs. Concrete Tiles

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Many people prefer to have tiles installed on their roof for a product that has a high amount of durability and is also attractive on the home. Tiles have been used for many centuries to insulate buildings that are located in warm climates. For homeowners who are considering using clay or concrete tiles, there are a few differences when looking at the selection.

Although both products offer a high level of durability, clay tiles are prone to last longer. Concrete tiles have an average lifespan of 50 years while clay tiles can last up to 100 years. Homes that have clay tiles installed are known to increase the property value more than concrete. This can make it easier to sell the home in the future.

Concrete tiles are more expensive to purchase and install, which can be out of the price range for many homeowners. They are difficult to install, which can make it a challenge to find a Schenectady roofing professional who is qualified for the job.

Clay tiles are typically more color fast than concrete materials and will maintain their appearance after several decades, even with a significant amount of sun exposure. Homeowners can have peace of mind knowing that their roof will look just as beautiful in 20 years as the day when it was first installed.

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The non porous finish that is applied to clay tiles is also known to last forever.

Each material is constructed from different elements, which makes them distinct from one another. Concrete is composed of sand, water and cement while clay tiles are produced from molded clay.

The primary difference between the two types of tile is their weight. Although the water absorption levels between the two materials are comparable, dry concrete tiles weigh 40 percent more than clay materials and should not be used on many types of buildings unless reinforced roof framing is added.

The price points between the two roofing options also differ significantly. On average, clay tiles cost 30 percent more than concrete and range from $15,000 to $30,000 for a moderately sized home. Concrete roofs are known to cost $7,000 to $19,000 depending on the size of the roof and any modifications that need to be made.

Homeowners who still can't decide between clay and concrete tiles can opt for Terra Cotta tiles. They offer the same level of performance and are similar in style without as high of a cost.

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