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The sun isn’t just hard on your skin. Over time it can wear out your roof as well. The hot sun shining down on your asphalt shingles can cause them to expand. When the temperature drops the shingles contract. This constant fluctuation of temperatures will eventually wear down your roof until it needs to be replaced. How long your roof will last will depend on a number of factors, but one thing is for sure: an asphalt shingle roof won’t last as long as most other roofing materials. Despite this, asphalt shingles remain a popular choice because they’re the easiest to install and one of the least expensive.

If you’re like most people, you have an asphalt shingle roof because you’ve always had one. If the time has come again for a new roof and you’re interested in one that you won’t need to replace in your lifetime, consider a cement tile roof.

Why cement tiles?

There are a number of reasons to invest in a cement tile roof. Of course one of the most obvious reasons is their durability. A cement tile roof that is well maintained can last three times as long as an asphalt shingle roof. Cement tiles aren’t susceptible to the heat, cold, rain, and snow like asphalt shingles are. Unlike asphalt shingles which can blow away on a very windy day, cement tiles can withstand winds of up to 170 miles per hour.

Cement tile roofs are also very environment friendly. They’re 100% recyclable so they won’t end up in landfills when the time does come to replace them. Because cement tiles are naturally great insulators, they save resources and money each year but cutting heating and cooling costs.

Finally, cement tiles provide your home with a unique look. When most people think of cement tiles, they imagine a dull gray, plain looking roof. In actuality, cement tiles can be made in a variety of colors and styles. From the rounded, Spanish-looking tiles seen on Spanish-style homes, to the flat, modern-looking tiles. Cement tiles can be made to look like slate or cedar as well. Cement tile roofs are versatile enough to complement any kind of architecture and style.

Hire the right contractor

If you’re interested in a cement tile roof, the next order of business is to higher the right contractor for the job. Remember, just because a contractor is experienced doesn’t mean the contractor is experienced with cement tile roofs. Ask around and make sure that you select a contractor who can do the job right. Remember that a poor installation job can greatly reduce the life of your new roof.

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