Tile Roofing 101

December 11, 2019

Traditionally, tile roofs have been made out of slate, clay, and terra cotta. Nowadays, you’ll also see plenty of concrete tile options, too! Along with different roof tile types, you can also find them in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Tile roofs are one of the longest-lasting types of roofs out there. Read on to learn more.

Tile Roofs: A Premium Choice

No matter the roof tile types you’re considering, tile is considered one of the most durable materials to use on your roof. With the proper maintenance, your tile roof could last between 50 and 100 years! However, it’s also one of the more expensive roof materials and requires a lot more care when it comes to installation and repairs.

Tile roofs come with a lot of benefits outside of giving your home great curb appeal. They’re often recommended for warmer climates like California or Florida because they are well-ventilated and very good at regulating indoor temperatures. If you live in an area with short spurts of downpour rain, tile roofs also shed water very well.

Considering the Weight of a Tile Roof

The durability of tile roofs sounds almost too good to be true; they’re resistant to wind, rain, and fire, and they don’t rot like wood or rust like metal. So why doesn’t everyone opt for a tile roof? One big reason: weight. 

If your home was not initially built with a tile roof and you are considering installing one, it’s vital to first consult with a structural engineer. Tile roofs are heavier than other roofing materials and, therefore, may not be the right choice for every home. 

Maintaining Your Tile Roof

It is most crucial to make sure your tile roof is installed properly; if the tile pieces are not layered or placed correctly, your roof will be susceptible to leaks early on. And, just like any roof, it’s important to get routine inspections and to keep your roof clear of debris of overhanging branches. As durable as tile roofs are, they are prone to break under heavy impact.

Some tile roof types, like clay, may also require sealing every few years as well. Consult with your local roofer to see if there is any special care needed for your roof.

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