Do Concrete Tiles Perform Well In Cold Weather?

Just as the temperatures start to go down, any responsible homeowner starts making arrangements around the house to prepare the house for winter. A question a lot of homeowners fail to ask themselves is whether or not their current roofing material can perform well during a brisk and windy winter. It is extremely common for homes in cold climates to have asphalt shingles, and for roofing companies to boast about asphalt shingles being superior for cold climates. Will concrete tiles also perform well in cold weather?

Concrete Tiles and Warm Climates

Concrete tiles are a popular roofing choice on homes located in warmer climates. They are popular because of how energy efficient they are. They make it easy to keep your home cool without running up your electricity bill.

What a lot of people do not realize is that the same attributes that make them good for warmer climates also makes them good for cold climates. An energy efficient roofing material is energy efficient, regardless of whether it is keeping in heat or air.

They are Durable and Dense

The density and durability of concrete tiles make them an ideal choice for a roof that will freeze and thaw during the winter. Asphalt is a very porous material. When the ice or snow melts, it is not uncommon for the moisture to get locked into the tile. Then, the tile suffers from water damage and needs replaced. The concrete tiles will not have this problem.

There are air pockets that form naturally underneath concrete tiles and above the roof sheathing. These air pockets allow the tiles to breath. Concrete tiles are not damaged as easily by snow and ice because they ventilate properly. The lack of air pockets prevent the asphalt shingles from having the opportunity to dry properly.

The durability of concrete tiles makes them one of the best options for exceptionally windy climates as well. The concrete is so heavy and dense that you do not have to worry about the wind ripping off any of the tiles.

The Key is in the Installation Process

The key to having concrete tiles that perform well in the winter is all about how you have them installed. Ask your roofing contractor, one like J.B.'s Roofing, Inc., to install the tiles at a slant to make it easier for ice sheets to slide off of your roof when they start to melt. Concrete tiles that are not installed properly will not last long regardless of the kind of climate you live in.

In the middle of a brisk and windy snow storm, you could not ask for a better roofing material than concrete tiles. 

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