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Concrete Shakes & Tile: A Durable, Beautiful Choice

If you’re in the market to re-roof your home and you’re in the process of considering long-lasting materials, concrete roof tiles or shakes are simply one of the best investments you can make. While the initial cost may be higher than some other roofing materials, the fact is, concrete will last you a lifetime and that kind of benefit outweighs a little more cost in the beginning.

Durable and sustainable, concrete combines performance, style, versatility and design into an energy-efficient, very attractive choice for your home or business. With a wide variety of sizes, colors, finishes, shapes and styles to choose from including shingles, shakes, simulated wood and slate lookalikes, concrete tile offers a fire-proof, permanent roofing option with a long history of gorgeous durability.

A natural insulation to noise, resistant to insects and rot, and durable enough to walk on, there are two popular kinds of concrete roofing tiles including a fiber-reinforced version that contains coir fibers or sisal, and a version without any fiber reinforcement called micro-concrete tile or MCR. Adding fiber aids with a number of things like shrinkage, impact strength, a thinner product, etc. Fiber reinforced tiles also require less precision detail in production than their MCR counterparts. Tiles without fiber (fiber is replaced by aggregates) are more brittle and need additional care and detail for production in order to keep the number of damaged or sub-par tiles to a minimum.

Beautiful, durable and economical, concrete tile is generally composed of cement, sand and water and is a low-maintenance material that can last a lifetime if properly installed and cared for. This roofing material offers consumers a versatile and economical design choice for virtually any type of property or architecture when compared to other roofing materials on a life-cycle basis.

If you decide to go with concrete for your roof, please select an installation company appropriately licensed and insured for your state and always ask for references. Concrete tile must be installed properly by a company with the experience and skill necessary to do the job right. Any roofing system installation requires quality work and products because your roof is only as good as the company you choose to install it. Take your time, do your research, receive at least three bids for your job and ask all the important questions before you sign a contract.

Scudder Roofing Company has been installing tile roofs in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties for over 35 years. We are very proud of the reputation we’ve built on the Central Coast as a roofing contractor and we are fully committed to the highest standards in our industry as evidenced by our consistently high rating with the Better Business Bureau.

For more information about our company or for a free roofing estimate, please give us a call today at (831) 373-7212.