Tile roofing is probably the most expensive, heaviest and longest lasting roofing material. Tile lasts a long time – usually a minimum duration of 40 to 50 years. Tile won’t rot or burn, and it can’t be harmed by insects. It requires little maintenance and comes in a variety of colors, types, styles, and brands. The biggest drawback to tile is its weight. Depending on the material used to make it, tile can be very heavy – so heavy that extra roof support can be required. Tiles are fragile, so walking on them can break them. That makes it more difficult to accomplish maintenance like painting or cleaning rain gutters or fireplaces. Initial installation can be complicated.
Clay Roof Tiles
A good choice for homes with a southwestern, Italian, or Spanish Mission design, or even for homes with a modern, clean look. Clay tile is most often thought of in the traditional “S” or “Spanish” tile look but clay can now be made in several other patterns as well.
Concrete Roof Tiles
It has essentially all of the upsides of clay tile but with the added advantage of being available in an even greater number of styles including traditional clay, slate, and even wood shake! It is ideal for communities with appearance codes because it has such a wide range of appearance options.
Pros for Tile Roofs
- Long life
- Long warranty
- Strong material
- Available in a variety of shapes and colors
- Environmentally Friendly
Cons For Tile Roofs
- Material expense
- A heavy material, which will not work on all roofs