Do you have a tile roof? If not, do you want one? Before you invest in a new tile roof, take a look at the top questions homeowners have about this material.
What Style Home Does Tile Match?
A roof is more than just a functional part of your home. Even though it protects the interior from the elements, it also adds to the exterior aesthetics. Tile is often on Spanish- or Mediterranean-style homes. But this doesn’t mean you can’t use this roofing material if you have another type of exterior.
The key to the perfect exterior match is in the type of tile you choose. While tile is the general category for a clay or concrete type of shingle, you’ll find a variety of styles, colors, shapes, and sizes. This makes it possible to match a tile roof with a modern, traditional, or almost any other home.
Is a Tile Roof Long-Lasting?
Clay and concrete roofing can last for more than 30-40 years. In comparison, metal has an average lifespan of 40 to 80 years, copper can last for 70 or more years, and fiberglass shingles have a 25-30-year lifespan.
Is Tile Durable?
The long lifespan of tile is due to its superior durability. According to the Tile Roofing Institute, tile can sustain winds up to 150 miles per hour. Not only can clay or concrete weather high winds, but it is also highly rot- and insect-resistant.
While tile (like any other type of roofing material) does require maintenance, it will stand up to the rain, humidity, and pests in Florida. If salty sea air is a concern, tile is a durable option that won’t crumble in a Southern or coastal setting.
What Type of Maintenance Does a Tile Roof Require?
A tile roof requires very little maintenance. Regular inspection by a professional contractor can reduce the need for repairs and extend the lifespan of your roof. The contractor will visually inspect the tiles for signs of cracking, wear and damage. Along with the tiles, the roofer will also evaluate the surrounding areas and components of the system. These may include flashing, a chimney, or gutters.
Will the Color Fade?
Tile comes in a variety of colors to choose from. The beauty of the pigment sets the tile roof apart from others. But will the bold hue last? Even though the tile may fade over years of use, the color in the roofing material is long-lasting.
Is Tile Expensive?
In comparison to some other types of roofing systems (such as fiberglass shingles), clay and concrete tiles do have a higher price point. Even though tile may cost more upfront, the low maintenance needs and long lifespan make this type of roof an investment you’ll recoup over time.
If you have a strict home improvement budget, discuss the different tile types and options with a roofing contractor. The contractor can help you to explore the alternatives and find a roof in your price range.
Who Should Install a Tile Roof?
Have you’ve made the decision to re-roof your home with tile? Now, take the next step and install a quality product. Is this a home improvement project a novice do-it-yourselfer can try?
While some home projects are easy enough for an avid DIYer to attempt, roofing is not one of them — especially if it includes tile. From the start of the selection process to the installation, you need to hire a professional for this job.
You have choices to make before the contractor can install your new roof. If you’re not sure what type of tile (clay or concrete), color, shape, or size to select, ask the roofer. Not only do roofers have expert installation knowledge, but they also understand the products. A qualified contractor will evaluate your home’s needs, review your options, and help you to make the best choice.
After you select a type of tile, the roofer will complete the entire installation process. Tile roof installation can pose a serious physical hazard. Along with expertise and experience in installation, the roofer should also have extensive knowledge of safety practices. This reduces the likelihood of slip and falls and other similar roof installation–related injuries.
Will a Tile Roof Come With a Warranty?
The answer to this question depends on the roofing material you choose and the contractor. Most roofing manufacturers require professional installation to validate a materials warranty.
The labor or workmanship part of a tile roof warranty will come directly from the contractor. Discuss warranties or guarantees with your company of choice before signing a contract. If you don’t understand the fine print, ask the contractor to explain the warranty. A quality contractor will help their customers to understand what a warranty includes and what it won’t cover.
Are you ready to install a new tile roof? Check out our website video of a new tile roof being installed from start to finish. Contact Acoma Roofing Inc. for more information.