A complete guide to concrete roof tiles and why they are such a good option




If your roof on your house needs replacing, and you are shopping around for roof tiles, well you are spoilt for choice when it comes to roof tiles, because there are hundreds of different roof tiles. For example there are clay roof tiles, and now there are even roof tiles which have solar panels built into the roof tile.

So among the many options available, concrete roof tiles are very popular in Cardiff, many roofing contractors offer to build a new roof using concrete roof tiles. You can also see concrete roof tiles used on a wide range of buildings, such as houses, supermarkets, and government buildings.

 This comprehensive guide aims to equip you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about concrete roof tiles.


10 Key Points:


    Concrete roof tiles offer a durable and cost-effective roofing solution.

    These tiles compete with traditional clay and slate in terms of longevity and aesthetic appeal.

    ‘Double Roman’ is a popular style of concrete roof tiles.

    Interlocking concrete roof tiles provide additional security and resistance against harsh weather conditions.

    Concrete tiles require minimal maintenance.

    There’s a broad range of styles to suit diverse architectural aesthetics.

    They are environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.

    Proper installation of concrete roof tiles is key to maximizing their benefits.

    Despite being durable, concrete tiles may require periodic inspection.

    This guide also includes a detailed FAQ section to answer common queries about concrete roof tiles.


What are concrete roof tiles, and why are they so popular?


As Cardiff roofing contractors, we have built many roofs using concrete roof tiles. Concrete roof tiles are a type of roofing material manufactured from a mixture of cement, sand, and water. They are a heavy tile, so whichever roofing company you hire, they must make sure that your roof is able to withstand the weight of the concrete roof tiles.

The mixture of cement, sand and water is moulded under high pressure and then cured to achieve the desired strength and durability. The reason why so many architects and homeowners choose concrete roof tiles, is because they come in a variety of styles, textures, and colours, so there are quite literally hundreds of different concrete roof tiles, which you can pick from.

When you’re hiring a roofing company, ask them to show you brochures of the different manufacturers of concrete roof tiles. There are so many different options to pick from, for example, you can pick tiles which solar panels in them, you can have green, brown or red tiles. What’s great about concrete roof tiles is they be bought cheaply, so our roofing business, can build or repair your roof at an affordable price.


Concrete roof tiles vs clay roof tiles and slate roof tiles


Concrete roof tiles are very popular with homeowners across Cardiff, many houses in Roath, Cathays and Llanishen all have roofs made from concrete roof tiles. We would recommend purchasing a quality brand, so that you get good value for money. We highly recommend the brand “Marley” roof tile, these are very good quality.

Concrete roof tiles are a great alternative to traditional clay and welsh slate due to their versatility, cost-effectiveness, and longevity.


A study from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) revealed that concrete roof tiles can last over 50 years, demonstrating their long-term value [source: NAHB]. On the other hand, concrete’s weight, which can be a disadvantage, because the roof tile can so heavy that some roof timbers cannot support the concrete roof tiles. So its important to consult a roofing company, to ask them if your house can have a roof made using concrete, or whether another type of tile would be best for your house, such as man-made roof tiles, which are much lighter.   


what type of concrete roof tiles can your roofing company offer?


Double Roman – Concrete Tile


The Double Roman roof tile, can either be made of clay or it can be made of concrete, it is a roof tile that features a distinct profile with two small rolls or ‘ribs’. It’s an excellent choice for homeowners seeking a traditional aesthetic with the added benefits of concrete’s durability. Many houses in Cardiff, whether it’s a bungalow or two storey house, sometimes a roof made from concrete double roman roof tiles, this type roof is very durable. 


What you like a new roof made using interlocking concrete roof tiles?


Interlocking concrete roof tiles are another popular type of roof tile, they are durable, low cost and can last a long period of time. They are designed to overlap and interlock into one another, creating a tight, waterproof seal on your roof


Can concrete tiles be easily maintained?


One of the key advantages of concrete roof tiles is their ease of maintenance. Unlike other roofing materials, concrete tiles require only occasional cleaning to maintain their appearance.  It’s recommended to inspect the roof periodically for any cracked or broken tiles, if there are any cracked tiles, we would recommend calling a Cardiff roofing company straight away to get the roof tiles repaired. The reason we wouldn’t wait, is because it might cause water to leak into the attic, and this can cause damp and mould in your house.