Terracotta VS Concrete

Hello again, readers :D  The first month of the year has been so quickly and without realising February is just around the corner. Time flies! You know, I just realised that I haven't talked much about the thing we are so expert of. Roof tiles!

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Being a marketing girl means that I'm the one in the front line when it comes to customers. And these days, I was kind of surprised, actually, because most home owners know nothing about roof. They called and asked me how much would it cost to do their roof but they have no idea about what they're paying for. I think it's a little bit unfair to them because if price is the only parameter they look at that makes their decision, they are only seeing one side of the story.

Indeed, price is something most people are concerned about. But sometimes it can be misleading. In this case, I found it very often that people compare terracotta with concrete roof tiles in terms of price whereas, there are significant differences between them two. Well, they may look the same but they are not.

I'll tell you why.

1) Durability

While both roof tiles offer a considerably long life span, concrete roof tiles cannot beat still the durability of clay. Clay or terracotta roof tiles can last for centuries without any breakage caused by weather condition so normally they offer at least 50 years warranty.

2) Aesthetic appeal

Okay. These two roof tiles offer a range of colour options but terracotta outperforms concrete roof tiles by far. When you choose terracotta over concrete, the colour will last forever. There's no need for repainting whatsoever like what you'll do with concrete. With concrete tiles, you will need to bear the maintenance cost like repainting, cleaning, etc since they fade over time. This is not going to happen with terracotta. Terracotta tiles will retain colour for its entire life.

3) Manufacturing

Terracotta is basically a "baked" clay. Because it's made from the earth and 100% natural, it is very sustainable and environmentally friendly. Plus, it can be easily recycled.

4) Cost

Concrete roof tiles will cost around 30-40% cheaper than terracotta in the beginning. However. Considering all the maintenance cost you will bear after 5 years, I'd rather pay a little bit more once and for all instead of getting my hands dirty repairing and cleaning the roof. Believe me there are very good reasons to invest in them.

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