Concrete Roofing Tiles 101

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With the growing cost of home repairs and insurance fees, concrete roofing tiles — along with other hearty building materials– are becoming more popular with the residential markets. When building materials are looked at as an investment, the choice is pretty clear regarding concrete. Installing a roof that has a lifespan of over one hundred years with little to no maintenance is a great choice for the savvy homeowner. Sure the upfront costs are going to be more, but ask your local roofers how many times they have to go repair a concrete roof. The answer is probably ‘never’.

Concrete has been around for centuries. The first mixtures were not as sophisticated as today’s concrete, but the idea was the same. Mix sand, water, and limestone together in the correct proportions and let it dry to create a highly protective, strong substrate. Today’s concrete can be accredited to an English cement manufacturer who patented Portland Cement. This mixture is uniform throughout, which means that it can be poured into forms, rather than requiring hand layering like the ancient civilizations were required to do. Also, with the introduction of steel as the reinforcing agent, today’s concrete has much higher tensile strengths. Because of these properties, concrete roofing shingles are extremely durable, fire resistant, and can hold up to just about anything Mother Nature puts out.

Asphalt shingles can be expensive and call for repetitive roof repair. Houston, TX has some of the worst rain and wind storms in the country. Due to the fact that asphalt shingles are flimsier, and more susceptible to wind and weather, they require a lot more attention after large storms than concrete would. The replacement cost of a shingle roof can be found on Concrete shingles are less likely to be affected by wind, because they are heavy. Concrete shingles are also very water resistant for their lifetime, unlike asphalt shingles, which can lose their protective properties over time. Concrete shingles provide the same level of protection at fifty- or even one hundred years after installation.

Concrete is made up of calcium silicates, magnesium oxide, and limestone. Stone is ground down into a fine powder, and then mixed with above mentioned materials to provide smooth cement. With the addition of water it not only hardens, but also becomes water resistant. Once the concrete has the correct mixture and water amounts, it can be dyed with the use of iron oxide and water. Nearly any color imaginable can be achieved today and once the desired hue is achieved, the mixture is poured into molds and allowed to harden over a period of a few hours before it can be handled. In large production facilities the tiles are put into an oven where relative humidity and temperatures are closely monitored in order to dry and harden the tiles. The idea is to maintain the perfect drying environment and prevent brittleness.

It takes skill and knowlege to properly install the finished product, which arrives in sleeves of loose tile. This is not a project for the beginner DIYer, but the investment of hiring the professionals is well worth it because this will likely be the only time you pay for a new roof in your lifetime.

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Houston, TX 77056
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Window 101: Getting Rid of Fog in Insulated Windows

Windows are wonderful in a home or any commercial space, as they allow for a picture of the outside world, for bright, warming natural light and because they can add a little touch of excitement to any décor. However, all of that beauty and positivity can be interrupted when the glass is marred with fog and moisture.

Moisture build up between the two panes of a window is not something that the average homeowner can deal with alone. There is no way to get between the panes to remove the fog and yet, without treatment, it can continue to spread ruining the clarity of the glass and disrupting the view of the outdoors.

Unfortunately, such trouble can point to bigger problems as well. When moisture is allowed to enter the window or to seep in around the frame is can lead to mold growth or structural rotting. Therefore, it should be dealt with as soon as possible. If you are noticing the same problem on several or all of your windows, then you might have to consider investment in replacement windows. In Georgetown TX, there are several reputable contractors that should provide free estimates. It is always recommended that you have several contractors look at the windows, make recommendations, and supply detailed estimates. This will provide you more insight and a choice of workers with varying strengths and weaknesses.

If the problem of fog and moisture is limited to one or two windows, then there are a few others things that you can try before turning to window replacement. Sometimes, the fog is not fog at all. If it isn’t altered by changing weather patterns and there is no visible droplets of water, then it is likely something known as silica haze. Unfortunately, this is a problem that cannot be corrected. However, if you are sure that the issue is fog, you should contact a window contractor in your area. It may be possible to restore the window by removing the moisture and fixing the seal so water is no longer able to enter. Don’t choose just anyone to handle this process. It is a delicate job and should be handled by an experienced professional. A guarantee should also be provided, so you don’t find yourself paying for the same job to be done twice.

The contractor should not automatically resort to replacing the window for a problem like this, as it can often be corrected and the fix should cost significantly less than a new window. The correction will likely require the drilling of small holes, through which the existing moisture can be removed. There is a special tool to make this job easier and less risky to the glass surface. The interior of the pane will be cleaned and dried before the holes are capped. Any issues with the seal should be evaluated and treated, so the water is not allowed to return. The Round Rock, TX contractor might have other helpful ideas for preventing moisture build up on and around your window frames as well.