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Tile Roof: Pros and Cons

Tile Roof: Pros and Cons

When it comes to distinctive style, tile roofs have one of the most classic. In the South and in the Southwest, you can find terracotta-colored tile roofs on many different styles of home. The tiles may be made of clay, concrete, or a sand-cast material, but all look and function similarly to one another. Like all roofs, they have pros and cons that need to be weighed during the decision making process.

Pros of Tile Roofs

In addition to an attractive appearance that enhances the curb appeal of adobo and other Southwestern-style homes, tile roofs have some other positives as well.

No matter what type of tile you use – concrete, sand-cast, or clay – a tile roof is made to last. Generally, they all last roughly 50 years, but there are homes in dry climates like Arizona that have tile roofs that are much older. This makes them a desirable roof for homeowners that want both style and longevity from their roof.

The tile roofs are also fireproof, and the tiles themselves require little to no maintenance. They don’t usually grow mildew or algae, and don’t need frequent pressure washing.

Newer concrete tiles are also available in different styles that mimic the look of shingles like cedar or slate. This can give you some of the benefits of a tile roof, with the look that complements other styles of homes as well.

Cons of Tile Roofs

The biggest drawbacks to tile roofs are their weight and their expense. A tile roof is much heavier than shakes or asphalt shingles, so your roof deck will need to be reinforced before you can have a tile roof installed. Tile roofs are also fairly expensive, running around $300 a square.

The other biggest drawback to using a tile roof is the maintenance to the roof itself. While the tiles last 50 years or longer and don’t require any maintenance, the underlayment that covers your roof does. The underlayment used with a tile roof needs to be replaced every eight to 20 years. This means that the tiles have to be taken off the roof, and then replaced once the underlayment has been changed. And while this isn’t nearly as expensive as having a brand new roof installed, it is a fairly expensive process that needs to be worked into the budget.

Tile roofs are also fairly fragile. Anyone walking on the roof could crack, break, or otherwise damage the tiles. Therefore any work done on the roof of the house needs to be undertaken by a professional who can take care not to damage the tiles. This includes making sure that satellites, chimneys, and other roof top items get installed with extra care so the roof doesn’t sustain damage.

A Stylistic Choice

The number one reason people choose tile roofs over other materials is the style. If you want a roof that has an authentic Southwestern look and lots of curb appeal, tile roofs are a good choice. Homeowners hoping for an inexpensive or low-maintenance roof, however, may want to consider other options.

 


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