New Tile Roof
If you're looking for a unique roof to help your home or small office stand-out, you can have it with a new tile roof. Today's roofing tiles come in a wide array of natural colors, and more profiles and textures than ever before, such as thatch and wood shake. There are also several advantages to tile.
New tile roof options
Today, your new tile roof options include real clay or natural-looking concrete. With clay tiles, you can give your home that old world Spanish charm of a barrel roof, or the ancient Greek look only Roman Pan tiles can offer. With a real clay tile roof, you get a premium roof that compliments your distinctive home perfectly. Most clay roofing tiles are 100% recyclable. None of the clay roofing tiles we offer will fade over time and all are Cool Roof and Energy Star rated. Today's clay tiles come in a variety of colors.
Today's concrete roofing tiles resembles old world Spanish mission or Mediterranean barrel, natural wood shake or thatch, or real rock slate. What's more, select concrete tiles are Class-4 hail rated. You also get superior strength and durability with concrete tile. What's more, the limited lifetime warranty is fully transferable and non-prorated. Additionally, all of the concrete tiles we offer are Class-A fire rated. New concrete tiles are available in an array of color blends.
New tile roof cost
Tile is, initially, the most expensive roofing material we offer, at around $11/sf. By comparison, mid-grade asphalt shingles cost around $3.40/sf. It should be noted that a tile roof, if installed properly and maintained, should last at least twice as long as those shingles. Maybe, even, three or four times as long. So, in the long run, tiles can be potentially less expensive than asphalt shingles. Also, it should be worth something that asphalt shingles are not recyclable in our area, but most clay and concrete tiles are 🙂
Advantages of a new tile roof
A new tile roof, whether clay or concrete, offers many advantages. For one, most clay and concrete roofing tiles are recyclable. Check your local area for a recycling or crushing center near you. They also help give your home that classic, old-world look only tile can. Most tile roofing is fire-resistant and hail resistant. Tile is among the longest lasting roofing material, at between 50 and 75 years, if properly installed and maintained. As a result, the long-term cost is low. Due to their heavy weight, they are also wind-resistant. Lastly, most roofing tiles are considered 'cool' because they are breathable. They allow air to flow around and sometimes through them. This helps keep your roof cool in the hot Summer months.
Disadvantages of a tile roof
The primary disadvantage of a tile roof is the initial cost. At around $11/sf, it's the most expensive roofing material we offer. Although the heavy weight makes it wind-resistant, the roof truss, deck, etc. require additional reinforcement most other roofs don't need. Although the tiles are mostly durable and resistant to hail, they can break under the weight of the person installing them. Also, in the rare occasion that become dislodged, they are a dangerous object and can cause damage if the hit someone or something. Lastly, colored concrete tiles can fade over time.
Tile roof installation
Tile roof installation requires special skills and tools, patience, more time, more material, and sometimes manpower. With asphalt shingles, because they are flexible, you don't have to be careful with them. Tiles, on the other hand, are much more delicate and demand the roofer slow down, be careful, and take their time handling and installing them. Asphalt shingles come in bundles of around 20. Tile bundles, on the other hand, often have 10 tiles in each. This means more trips and time just to move the tile bundles.
Tiles are often installed onto battens. These battens are installed onto the felt. Asphalt shingles and metal don't require this batten, so this is at least one additional material tile roofs require. Also, you can't use a pneumatic nail gun with roofing tiles. You have to manually hammer-in nails, with tile. This takes a lot more time. With asphalt shingles, a roofer can have an old roof off and a new shingle roof on in a day or two, with your average size and difficulty roof. With tiles, it can take several days. Roofing tiles easily weighs 3 times as much as asphalt shingles.
Tile roof repair
The most common tile roof damage we see is cracked or broken tile(s). Sometimes this happens when someone steps on a tile in the wrong place. With asphalt shingles, to replace a shingle, you can pry one shingle up and bend it to get access to the damaged shingle. With tile, you can't do that. Tiles are not flexible. Depending upon the exact tile installed, different techniques are used. What's more, to install the new tile, you often can't nail it into place. Roofing cement is sometimes used. Versus with asphalt shingles, you can simply nail the new shingle into place.