What You Should Know About Tile Roofs

30 January 2016
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If it's time for new roof, you may have noticed that your choices in roofing materials have expanded since you last had the job done. For those living in the warmer climates of the southwest or southeast areas of the United States, tile roofs are seen often and offer an attractive alternative to shingles. Read on to learn how using tiles to roof your home offers you both a distinctive and long-lasting choice in roofing materials.

What can a tile roof do for you?

It Can Resist Fire: After the wooden structures used to construct the cities of Boston (1679) and London (1666) burned to the ground, building codes were created that encouraged the use of fire-resistant building materials, like tile roofing. Tile has been used for thousands of years, and has the advantage of being extremely fire-resistant.

It Can Last Longer: Tile manufacturers warranty their roofing tiles to last as much as 50 years, but they often last even longer than that. While tile is initially more expensive to install than other roofing materials, this extra expense may be offset by tile's longevity. You may never need to install another roof in your lifetime.

It Can Resist the Weather: The usual impact of sun, rain and hail and other climatic impacts have very little effect on tile roofs. It should be noted that using tile roofing materials in hurricane-prone areas of the county could be a hazard; the tiles can break free in very strong wind situations and become dangerous projectiles to surrounding properties and people. Likewise, heavy wind-borne objects can cause damage to your roofing tiles upon impact.

Choices in Types of Tile

You have a choice of either traditional clay tiles and concrete tiles when roofing your home. It should be noted that both of these types of tile roofing materials last longer than any other roofing material.

1. Traditional Clay: The longest lasting of the two choices, it excels in being extremely color fast (tile color can fade over time). Be sure to choose kiln-fired clay tiles for the best colorfastness.

2. Concrete: This type of tile can be found at a substantially lower price than traditional clay tiles: approximately half the price in some cases. You can also find concrete tiles in greater variety of colors and designs.

Whether you choose traditional clay or concrete, your new tile roof will add both an attractive appearance and value to your home. Once installed, you can relax and enjoy your roof for many years. Consult with a professional roofing business, such as All American Roofing Incorporated for more information.