Concrete tile business:
During the 2004 summer season, storms hit the United States. Hurricane damage in Florida only sent resources in southern states into the fray. The shortage of qualified roofing professionals and supplies was immediately felt. Roofers from across the United States began looking for supplies and headed south. There were also many people who saw a roofing business opportunity and invested in a tile business.
The concrete tile has undergone a certain evolution over the years. Initially, the shingles were large, like corrugated roofing sheets. The composition for size did not hold up well and lasted only about ten years. When the tiles were made smaller, the roof tiles were found to last over twenty years and were stronger than the larger sheets.
Another benefit of concrete shingles is the ability to tint them, giving them the aesthetic flexibility that consumers desire. Its durability and ease of installation are both advantages. Concrete roofing tiles provide great protection against heavy rain, hot sun, and toughness. You can also be sure that there is little risk of your tiles falling off in high winds. The size and composition of the tile are also resistant to breakage.
Concrete roof tiles can be produced with a small workshop and a small investment. This is an industry that is used all over the world. Typical startup costs, not including land and buildings, can cost around a thousand dollars. Equipment can be purchased at hardware and concrete stores locally or online. Supplies and Mixes can be obtained in the same way.
There are generally two types of concrete roofing shingles, both of which will require some learned skill to produce effectively. The first type is the fiber reinforced concrete tile. As the name implies, the tiles are reinforced with sisal or coir fibers. The second type of tile is made without fibers. These are known as micro concrete tiles.
Quality control will be an important issue in tile production. Micro concrete tiles will require a lot of care and precision throughout the production process or sub-standard tiles will be produced. Standards for fiber-reinforced shingles can be produced with a slightly less rigorous attention to detail, but you still want a good quality shingle to get to the roofer who buys it.
Equipment requirements are really minimal, but must be carefully selected for quality. A vibrating tile machine, molds, plastic sheets, batching boxes, a water curing tank, and a work table are the essentials. Your supplies should include sand, water, and cement. The sand should be of the best quality, with a regular grain size rating. Make sure the grain size is not too silty as this will provide sub-standard tiles.
Once you learn the techniques for producing good quality shingles, you can market your shingle at local roofers and hardware stores. Working on your sales pitch will be important, especially in defining the benefits of concrete shingles. The benefits of concrete tiles are easy to explain and should make a great sales pitch for prospective customers.
The production of concrete tiles can also lead to the repair of concrete tiles. If you have roofing experience, you will be ahead of the game. Installing concrete shingles is no more difficult than most other roofing materials. Always have extra tiles on hand to help with repair work.
A concrete shingle business is ideal for someone who is willing to make the educational investment. Most of the time will be spent learning how to produce good quality tiles. Once you’ve established your techniques, you shouldn’t have a problem selling your shingles on the roofing market!