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Cement Roofing Sheets

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Are you satisfied with your cement roofing sheets? After how many years did they need to be repaired? What are the roof material alternatives for cement roofing sheets?
In this article we are going to talk about cement roof panels and compare it to UPVC roofing sheets and some other roof construction materials. The pros and cons of this type of roofing. Finally, you will have a clearer picture of your ideal roof and which one to buy.
What is Cement roof coating? Roofing cement contains asphalt, reinforcing fibers, and plasticizers. Roofing cement is also used to repair damaged areas in roofs and can save your both time and money.

Advantages and disadvantages of cement roofing sheets?

Cement is a fine powdery substance with cohesive properties that adheres to walls and building materials such as bricks, tiles, sands to make infrastructure. But as much as it is useful, it can have some disadvantages, too.

Advantages of cement in roofing and construction


To improve safety, we need to use fire-resistant building materials. Cement roofing can prevent damage to the building. So it is a good choice for buildings in high temperature places.

Cost effective

While concrete is more durable and stronger, but cement is considered a more cost effective building material. That is why builders choose cement to pay off for couple of years.

A good binding construction material

The reason many builders choose to use cement as a special construction is because of its binding properties. When water is added to cement in good proportion, a chemical reaction within the cement happens that adheres to its ingredients.

Cement is always available

Since its ingredients are found abundantly in nature, Cement can be found easily in local markets. Its raw materials are easily produced in form of cement.

 Cement Roofing Sheets

Disadvantages of Cement roofing sheets?

What are the disadvantages of cement roof tiles? Here are some of the problem occurring in cement roof tiles?

  • Not environmentally friendly :Cement is a highly consumed product. But it releases a large amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere too. This causes pollution, and harm our environment. Cement contains shells, limestone, chalk, silica, clay, marl combined with shale, and other ingredients.
    These materials need to be burned to produce cement and when heated at high temperature, carbon dioxide is released. Since cement is a construction material building which is widely used in industry, the possibility of air pollution also increases.


  • It cannot be used alone in building large projects:Concrete is a good choice, instead. Concrete is a material acts as a binder and is mostly made up of lime, cement and aggregates like sand or gravel. So cement is not used directly in large projects as it increases the possibility of damage to the building. But it can be used for smaller, more decorative projects and may be a good option to repair the cracked concrete.



  • Cement is not durable as concrete material:Since cement is prone to cracking, it is considered a fragile material for stronger structures. But concrete shows more resistance under extreme pressure. Concrete is more durable than cement and it lasts longer.



Which cement is best for roofing?

Which cement is best for roofing? There are 2 types of cement material which are widely used in roofing.

  • Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC)
  • Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC)

When it comes to roofing, Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) can be one of the best options. On the other hand, Portland Pozzolana Cement (PPC) has high compressive strength which makes it suitable for roofing sheets and building constructions. It also has a good water proofing properties.
Furthermore, Fibre cement sheets are becoming popular and are preferred for roofing systems and cladding.


What is fibre Cement roofing sheets?

Fibre cement is a composite building material and is made of cement, cellulose fibres and sand. It is strong and durable and can be used in building cladding, too.


With all the advantages of UPVC ceilings and roofing sheets over cement roof tiles; is there any disadvantages in uPVC roofing systems Vs cement tiles?

Yes, cement roof tiles cost. Although Cement roofing tiles price are less than uPVC roof tiles. But uPVC price leads to longer life of the roof tiles and less roof repair cost. Hence uPVC roof sheet is a more cost effective roofing material.

How long do cement roof tiles last?

The average lifespan of concrete cement roof tile is 50 years – if used correctly. While concrete roofing tiles are durable roofing materials; its underlayment will only last about 20 years.


What is flat fibre cement sheets?

Flat fibre cement sheets are mostly used for external applications and cladding. They are also used for internal use in roof ceilings and floors, etc.
Fibre-cement flat sheets consist of cement or calcium silicate binder, reinforced by mostly organic and synthetic fibers.

cement sheets

Disadvantages of fiber cement roofing

  • Not much durable
  • They are heavier
  • High maintenance
  • Simple appearance


Asbestos cement roof tiles Dangerous?

Asbestos roof tiles are water resistant and heat resistant. They last for many years but they also have some problems; which convinced many people to remove them and pay for removal cost.

Generally asbestos roof tiles are safe and durable, they provide protection for a building for many years.


But when they are moved or broken, then the microscopic asbestos fibres become airborne and enter human lungs or contact the skin and enter into the body. That’s where they can lead to illnesses and be fatal.

Cement vs concrete

Cement and concrete are often used interchangeably, but cement is actually an ingredient of concrete. There is no concrete without cement. Cement is made of crushed stones, but concrete contains cement and water, larger rocks, and chemical additives.

Cement vs concrete

Cement is better or concrete?

Concrete is stronger and more durable than cement. Cement is a durable material, but cannot be compare to concrete. While concrete is used for large projects, cement is usually used for smaller, more decorative projects.


Cement Roofing Sheets


Cement vs concrete cost

Which one is cheaper? Concrete or cement roofing sheets? Concrete roof covering materials are made of cement and other ingredients. So concrete is more expensive than cement.


Clay vs cement roof tiles

  • Weight
    Cement roofing sheets weigh almost 40 percent more than clay tiles.


  • Cracks & Shatters

Clay tiles are not immune to damage. When exposed to freezing           or high temperatures, they may crack or shatter; while cement         concrete is more durable and can handle extreme temperatures         better.

  • Maintenance
    Cement concrete are heavier and have problem with water absorption. But clay roof tiles are not like this and the maintenance process is easier.


  • Durability
    Clay is more durable and may last up to 100 years, while cement roofing sheets may last 50 years.


  • Cost
    Concrete and cement roofing sheets are more affordable than clay roof tiles.


What is uPVC made of?

UPVC or Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, is a low-maintenance high quality construction and building material. UPVC is a cheaper option to expensive wood and aluminum. Due to its durability and cost-effective option, it became a popular material. It is also known as PVC and PVCU.


UPVC roofing sheets advantages:

  • Fire proof
  • Sound Resistant
  • Heat Resistant
  • Anti- Ultraviolet
  • Waterproof
  • Anti-strike
  • Anti-corrosion
  • Environmental friendly
  • Lightweight
  • Easy installation
  • high life expectancy
  • Non-Conductors of Electricity

UPVC roof sheets VS cement roof tiles

Here we are going to compare cement roofing sheets and uPVC roof tiles. At the end of comparison, you will know how much more affordable and durable UPVC roof tiles are – compared to cement, concrete and even clay roof tiles. For better decision, please read our previous article on glazed clay roof tiles.



glazed clay roof tiles.



Advantages of uPVC roof covers over cement roofing sheets:

  • No cracking or shattering
  • Lighter weight
  • More flexible (can be used in curved roof projects)
  • Eco-friendly
  • More durable
  • Higher energy efficiency
  • Self-washing
  • More attractive appearance
  • Available in a variety of colors
  • Waterproof

Advantages of uPVC roof covers over cement roofing sheets



What are the better roof material alternatives for cement roofing sheets?

  • UPVC roofing sheets
  • Clay roof tiles



What is the main advantage of concrete roofs?

One of benefits of concrete roof is its nonflammable property. Concrete is durable and strong, and fire-resistant. In case of a fire, fireproof roof tiles increase safety of your property and save your money.


What is the main disadvantage of concrete roof tiles?

Concrete roof tiles may crack. Why do they crack? Concrete roof tiles might crack when you walk on them. One reason might be your weight, which is more than the strength of the concrete tiles. Another reason can be the rubber ingredient in it; or can be simply due to falling objects that can impact the roof. Exposing to high heat and coldness is another reason why they may crack.


What are the main advantages of UPVC roof tiles compared to cement roofing sheets?

UPVC roofing sheets are lighter in weight. They are more durable and stronger than cement roofing sheets. UPVC roof tiles will not crack like cement tiles. UPVC roofing sheets are impact resistant. You can walk on them during installation and it won’t break or shatter. UPVC heat insulation and its overlapping tiles are very protective; hence its sealing is more effective than cement roofing sheets.


What are the best fire resistant roofing materials?

Class A is the Best fire resistant roofing material. Some of Class A roofing materials include uPVC roofing sheets, composition shingles, concrete and clay tiles.


What is the main part of sealing a cement or concrete roof?

Cement is an ingredient of concrete and concrete itself is not waterproof. It will leak if not waterproofed effectively. To waterproof a concrete or cement roof, a waterproofing membrane is considered to be the most important part of the roofing system. It helps to keep the water out of the building.


Are uPVC roof sheets fire resistant?

UPVC is a high quality roof sheet fire resistant material. It is made of polyvinyl and is a flame retardant building construction material. Fire resistant uPVC roofing sheets can withstand extreme heat, pressure and impacts.


What are the disadvantages of cement roof board?

One of the disadvantage of cement board is its weight which makes handling difficult. Cutting of cement board is hard and must be done with carbide-tipped tools and saw blades.

About our Company

Sepid-Fam Varna is a professional manufacturing and Distribution Company: Producer of a new generation of uPVC sheets for roofing & cladding and sandwich panels – under the brand name “Polyroof Erica” – has started its activity since 2013. With cooperation of professional technicians and well-trained marketing experts in Iran, we ship our products to all over the world.

Some of our best products:

  • Trapezoidal Poly Roof Sheets:
    Another production that makes the roofing sheet price more economical, is our Company’s Trapezoidal roof tiles. UPVC sheets have introduced a new generation of roofing system to the market by eliminating the disadvantages of existing roof tiles.


Trapezoidal Poly Roof Sheets

UPVC roofing sheets advantages: (Trapezoidal)

  • Durable and long lasting
  • Anti-UV
  • Lightweight
  • Anti-corrosion
  • Self-extinguishing
  • Environmental friendly
  • Heat and sound insulation
  • Self-washing
  • Waterproof
  • Non-combustible

UPVC Sandwich Panel Roof:

UPVC Eco-panel or sandwich panels for roofs and walls: It is an insulated roof panel consisting of 4 layers. The first layer is anti-UV polymer alloy. The second is UPVC. The third layer is elastomeric laminated aluminum foil.
These Eco-Roof Panels can have various applications based on insulation thickness. It is more economical compared with existing conventional roofing systems.

Upvc sandwich panel advantages:

  • High insulation feature used in curving structures
  • Lightweight
  • Quick and easy installation
  • Low thickness
  • Resistant to chemical and environmental destructive factors
  • High energy efficiency
  • Self-extinguishing
  • Economic installation: UPVC roofing sheet price on this production
  •  will be more cost effective.
  • Best fireproof roofing material
  • Water resistant roofing material

Extra bonus 2023

UPVC roof sheets can overlap each other and be welded together. Since they are waterproof, they do not leak and drip, so they are best anti-corrosion roofing sheets. But in cement roofing sheets and concrete roofs, due to their brittleness and cracking, they are more susceptible to leaking.

What we Offer at Sepid-Fam Varna

Our uPVC roofing sheets are widely used in various constructions such as: Canopies & Awnings, Industrial sheds, Villas, Houses, Livestock buildings, Warehouses, etc.
For more information about the technical specifications of sheets and profiles; please contact us:

Contact No: +98 912 962 9521