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When most clients think of roofs in general, they think of shingles. However, we are here to tell you that those are not the only types of roofing you can get. You also have at your disposal, concrete tile roofing. “What are those?” you ask. Allow us to explain! Tiles have been used on roofs for a long time. Even longer than asphalt shingles have been used. The underlying principle of both types is the same. Different tiles are placed next to each other, with one tile overlapping the other slightly to avoid gaps. Both these systems are more commonly seen in steep roofing systems.

A steep roof is a type of roof where instead of the complete roof being flat, the roof is inclined at a steep angle. This is primarily done to allow water from rainfall to not stay stagnant on top of the roof and to let it to slide down easily. This helps prevent cracks and leaks in the ceilings for a longer time. The steepness of a roof is usually measured using a value called pitch. Pitch is the height of the roof per horizontal length of the roof. So a steep roof pitch, for example, will be 10:12. This would mean that for every 12 inches of the roof’s horizontal length, the roof itself will rise by 10 inches. However, a steep pitch roofing of 8:12 or more is considered dangerous to walk on and would require some kind of scaffolding.

TILE ROOFING pros and cons

A concrete tile roof is a commonly used system for sloped roofs. This means that the tiles are technically made of concrete. These gained transactions after world war II due to the scarcity of other materials and the abundance of concrete. However, that did not lose momentum even after so many years due to the high strength of concrete along with their ability to deflect most of the heat.

However, given the advantages possessed by a concrete tile roof, it carries some disadvantages as well. These materials are hefty and require that your roof be reinforced to bear the weight of such materials. These also require frequent maintenance since they are porous and allow easy passage of water. You might also want to consider this fact if you choose to opt for concrete materials with your steep roof.


A tile roofing does come at a higher price than shingle roofs, and, thus, many clients choose to go for shingle roofing because of the reduced costs. However, it is essential to consider that no matter what material you select, the cost of installing a steep pitch roofing is higher because of the hazards involved, even if the material you choose is cheaper.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recognizes a roofing system as steep roofing when the steep roof pitch is 4:12 or more. So before you give your contractor the specifications you would like for your property, make sure you remember this aspect since a steep roof would attract higher costs than traditional sloped ones.