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Are tile roof shingles more likely to break?

Tile roof shingles are extremely durable. In addition to their fire resistance, attractiveness, and ease of maintenance, their durability is one of the reasons for the popularity of tile roof shingles. Tile roof shingles often come with lifetime warranties and a tile roof can last 100 years. Ironically, a disadvantage of tile roof shingles is that they are fragile at the same time they are strong. An inexperienced person walking on your roof could damage its tiles.

While tile roofs are most often seen in sunny southwestern regions, they can be used in colder climates as well. According to the National Tile Roofing Manufacturers Association, tile roofs have qualities that lend themselves well to use in snow and ice climates. Tile roofs have performed well for centuries in Europe and Asia in high mountain areas.

The main issue with roofs in snowy or icy areas is the formation of ice dams. These can occur when snow and ice on a roof melt and then refreeze within the roofing structure, causing damage and leaks. Your roof should also be designed and engineered so that large quantities of snow don't randomly slide off in an uncontrolled manner, as this can be dangerous. You will need a roofing contractor skilled in the installation of tile roofing in cold climes to avoid damage from snow and ice.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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