Roof tiles can be made from clay or concrete. The tiles are available in a variety of colors and styles. Clay tiles are more expensive than concrete tiles. Clay and concrete tile roofs are beautiful and durable. A tile roof is fire resistant, energy efficient, and resistant to strong winds and hail. A properly installed and maintained tile roof can last for 50 years or more.
While the roof tiles will last a long time, the underlayment that is installed beneath the tile does not have such a long lifespan and may need to be replaced. This means removing the tiles and underlayment, installing new underlayment, and then reinstalling the tiles.
Tile roofs can be very heavy. Your home may need to be evaluated to determine if extra reinforcement is needed to support the weight of a tile roof. Roof tiles are also fragile in nature and walking on them can cause them to break.
Benefits of a Tile Roof
- Weather and Fire Resistant: Clay and concrete tile roofing is resistant to strong winds, hail, and even earthquakes. In addition to being weather resistant, tile roofing is also resistant to fire.
- Appearance: Clay and concrete tile roofs are beautiful and create instant curb appeal for any home. The tiles are available in a variety of colors and styles. They can even resemble other roofing materials, such as slate and cedar shakes.
- Energy Efficient: Tile roofs are energy efficient and can reduce your energy bills. Natural air flow under the tiles reduces heat transfer, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- Lifespan: Clay and concrete tiles are highly durable. A properly installed and maintained tile roof can last 50 years or more. However, it should be noted that the underlayment will not last as long and may need to be replaced.