What information do you need to know before contracting a roofing company for a tile roof replacement? Your roof is one of the most noticed aspects of your home and can be a major investment when it comes to replacement. There is quite a bit to consider when replacing your tile roof. The basics of tile roofing are always a good place to start.
Tiles have been around for centuries and have been used for a number of things including roofs. They have a distinctive look and enhance the decorative appeal of the homes they cover. Today they come in a wide variety of colors, patters, shapes and textures. Clay tiles were originally made by hand and thus could be shaped for whatever area they were covering. With the modernization of machinery making the tiles, the ability to add texture, color, patterns and even shapes has greatly enhanced the appeal of tile usage. Tile roofs have a long life span. Properly installed, a tile roof can out live you. There are a number of different types of tiles that are used for roofing.
Tile roofing can refer to any number of materials. Some of these include:
Clay Tiles – also may be referred to ceramic tiles due to the materials used to make them. Clay tiles have been used in the roofing industry for centuries, come in a variety of colors, styles and textures. Clay tiles are fireproof and very durable.
Concrete/Cement Tiles – Heavy because they are made from concrete/cement, sand and water. Mostly used on new construction because of the additional structural upgrades needed. They are fireproof so are good in fire prone areas of the country. They offer great hail protection as well as can withstand winds up to 125 miles per hour, so they will not blow away in a wind storm. Concrete tiles can be made to look like other roofing materials such as slate, clay tiles and even wood.
Slate Tiles – Made from slate, are heavy, fireproof, have a relatively low maintenance and are fragile.
Concrete Fiber Reinforced Tiles – Made from concrete reinforced with fiber to make them lighter in weight than traditional concrete tiles. Can be designed to look like tile, stone or even shake roofing. Fire resistant as well as insect resistant, have low maintenance, are very durable and need little to no maintenance. Concrete fiber reinforced tiles can be expensive.
Metal Tile – Metal roofing tiles are made from many metals, but mostly tin, copper and galvanized steel. Can be manufactured to look like cedar or shake tiles or slate tiles. They come in a wide variety of colors and can be installed over your existing roof because they are light in weight.
Synthetic Roofing Tiles – are made from polymers or rubber combined with fillers to make the tiles look like traditional tiles. Resistant to weather and are more durable than natural materials. Synthetic roofing tiles are fire and impact resistant, and because they are light in weight, can be installed over existing roofing materials.
Plastic Tiles – Made from PVC or TPO, are becoming popular because of their eco-friendly materials. They are made from recycled products like tire, plastic bags and other plastic materials. They have a flexible design and look good on almost any home style.
Solar Tiles – Made from photovoltaic modules capable of being integrated into standard roofing and connected to electricity under them. They use the sun’s energy to generate electricity for your home and your use. Somewhat expensive, but during their lifetime of 25-30 years can reduce your overall electricity usage significantly.
There are a number of benefits to using tile roofing. Most tile roofs are fireproof or fire resistant. Most offer the added benefit of an extra barrier against the heat of summer and cold of winter in that there is an underlayment as well as the tile of the roof, which can reduce your overall heating and cooling bills. Tile roofs can resist the damages caused by extreme weather such as hailstorms and tornado force winds. Tile roofs can add financial value to your home when it comes time to sell it. Tile roofs can be more appealing visually than an asphalt roof because tile roofs have a totally different look. Tile roofs are not affected by wet weather, so won’t rot and insects can not damage them either. Tile roofs are eco-friendly as they are made from natural products or recycled products. Tiles come in a wide variety of styles, colors and textures. There is little to no maintenance for tile roofs.
Since we listed the advantages of tile roofing, it is only fair that we also list the disadvantages of tile roofing. The main one being weight. Additional reinforcement may be needed to help support the additional weight of a tile roof, thus adding to the overall cost of a tile roof replacement. Another disadvantage to tile roofs is they are fragile so you can not get on your roof and walk across it to visually inspect the integrity of the roof itself. You will need to hire a tile roof specialist that knows how to service and “walk” on tile roofs. The tile itself needs little to no maintenance to it. However, the underlayment under the tile may need to be replaced about every 20 years or so due to breakdown of the underlayment.
With so much that the every day homeowner doesn’t know about tile roof replacement, save yourself a lot of guesswork and time and give First Out Roofing in Denton, Texas a call to have your tile roof replaced.