Tile roofing is known as one of the most popular roofing product in the world. This is due to its reputation for durability beyond compare, energy cost savings, and protection like no other roofing material. Here are some great reasons why tile is the roof of choice for so many houses.
Over a century of proper field performance in other parts of the world has given tiles the longest track record of performance compared to other roofing materials like as asphalt shingles and metal roofing. The leading-edge engineering design provides a natural water shedding and ventilation feature which enables tiles to be the primary roof covering in warm and cold climates (even diminishing ice damming in colder climates). The heavier weight and stronger strength allows tile to meet the expected capacities of today’s design requirements for all of the climatic regions.
Roof tiles come in many colors, shapes, and sizes all ready to enhance the exterior style of homes, apartments, and more. Thanks to modern innovations, concrete and clay roof tile manufacturers can produce tiles to suit any architectural style, from realistic Spanish and Mediterranean to New England Colonial, historic, or contemporary. Tiles can be flat or round, be modeled to look like wood shakes, or seek to replicate centuries-old roofing materials.
Color used in tiles come from natural sources like the mixture of the clay used in clay tiles or from iron oxide pigments in concrete tiles. Tiles may experience varying degrees of color softening after extended exposure to the elements but this occurs to a lesser degree with roof tile than with most other roofing materials.
Roof tile is practically maintenance-free, structurally superior and longer lasting than traditional roofing materials. To sustain their enduring attractiveness, how much the tile weighs is key because it provides long-term protection without developing problems like other roofing materials. Houses built today are strong enough to support the weight of a tile roof. There are also varieties of lightweight tile offered in certain regions of the country that are ideal for new and re-roofing projects. Tile is fast becoming the re-roofing product of choice due not only to its durability but also to its ease of maintenance.
Due to its endurance in all types of harsh weather, concrete and clay tiles continue to be the preferred roofing material among homeowners in the Southeast. Properly installed, tile roofing is one of a few select roofing systems that is proven to withstand sustained winds of 150 miles per hour found in Florida.
Clay and concrete tile roofs are one of the most cost-effective choices due to their lengthy lifespan - 50 to 100 years or more. Both concrete and clay tile outlast other roofing materials, with manufacturers offering warranties from 50 years to the life of the structure. In fact, in Asia and Europe, many structures with clay roof tiles have remained intact, fully operative and gorgeous for centuries.
All roofing systems require some maintenance and certain climates and regions have different issues to tackle regardless of the type of roof installation. Under normal conditions, tile roofs require minimal maintenance. With tile, maintenance is restricted to gutters, protrusion flashings, and venting. With other roofing systems, maintenance typically includes coating, painting, cleaning, and/or sealing the greater part of the roof.
Installation and repairs of roofing shingles should be handled by a professional, trustworthy team like Monarch Roofing – and we offer a free roof inspection.
For more information on roofing materials, a full roof replacement, roof repairs or a free roof inspection, contact Monarch Roofing and one of our professionals can help you choose the best roof for your home.