If you need a new roof, you’re probably considering various roof materials. One roof material becoming more popular is tile.
While tile roofs have certainly been improved over the years, they are anything but new. The ancient Greeks built tile roofs, and the Dutch have been making roof tiles since the 1300s. Does this mean a tile roof is the best choice for your home? Maybe, but maybe not! Consider the following pros and cons of tile roofing to guide your decision.
Pros of Tile Roofs
Excellent Weather Resistance
The primary function of a roof is to protect your home from harsh weather and precipitation. Tile roofs do an excellent job of this. The tile sheds water well. It’s also heavy enough so it won’t blow off your roof during a windstorm. This is why tile is so prevalent in hurricane zones. Tile also does not become brittle over time with exposure to the sun.
A tile roof can reduce energy costs, especially in the summer. Tiles reflect sunlight, keeping your home cooler during hot weather and reducing AC costs. Tiles also have a high thermal emittance, which means they tend to give off heat rather than absorbing it. This is a true asset in North Port and Sarasota!
Low Maintenance Requirements
Tile roofs are pretty hands-off once they are installed. You don’t need to have the roof sprayed, painted, or coated. The tiles won’t crack or rise due to changes in temperature and humidity. So, you won’t have a lot of roof damage to deal with each spring.
Tile roofs do need to be cleaned to remove algae and moss, but this is simple maintenance a professional can perform for you.
A tile roof can last up to 100 years. Compare this to shingle roofs, which last about 30 years, and metal roofs, which last about 50 years.
Impervious to Insects and Rodents
If you were to choose a shingle or cedar shake roof, you might have to think about insects and rodents. Termites and carpenter ants love wood roofing materials. Rats can tear away at shingles to build a nest in the eaves. Neither of these pests can chew through or disrupt a roof made from heavy tile.
Choosing a tile roof is an excellent way to do your part in saving the planet. As mentioned above, tile roofs help reduce energy consumption. They’re also mostly made from natural materials, so they won’t contaminate the soil and water when disposed of years later.
Multiple Colors and Styles
Not all tile roofs are terra cotta in color. You can find tile in many different styles and colors, allowing you to coordinate your roof with your home’s style and color scheme.
Cons of Tile Roofs
Tile weighs a lot more than other roofing materials. Most new homes can support a tile roof. However, you may need to have your roof structure reinforced or modified if you have an older home.
High Upfront Cost
Tile does cost more than most other roofing materials. Granted, you get more years out of a tile roof, so the overall cost tends to be lower. But if you’re on a tight budget, tile may not be the roof material for you.
Installing a tile roof is rather intricate. It may take your roofers a few more days to install tile than it would for them to install shingles or a metal roof. Since tile can be tough to install, fewer roofing companies offer it.
It’s vital to do your research and make sure you hire an experienced roofing company to install your tile. An improperly installed tile roof will leak and fail quickly.
Not Suitable for Steep Roofs
Tile works best on roofs with a low to moderate slope. If you have a really steep roof, it may not be possible for a roofer to install tile on your home.
Potential for Fading
Some tiles do bleach out after years of sun exposure. This doesn’t affect the integrity of the tile, but it does affect the appearance. You can have the tile re-painted or sprayed, but this is a cost to consider when choosing your roof material.
Brittle and Prone to Cracks
While tile is generally strong and weather-resistant, it can be brittle. Your roof tiles may crack and require repairs if heavy hail hits them or if a tree branch falls on your roof.
If you want a long-lasting, low-maintenance, energy-efficient roof, then tile is a great choice. It does have a few minor drawbacks, but they’re easily compensated for. Contact Mark Kaufman Roofing if you’re considering a tile roof for your North Pork or Sarasota home.