Tile roofing is definitely becoming one of the most popular materials used in roofing. It is available in concrete or clay, and in many different colors and shapes. Its versatility gives homeowners the ability to find something that matches their home. Concrete roofing tiles offer elegant, long-term aesthetics for house designs and improved marketability for the builder. They also provide greater protection to the homeowner.
Roofing tiles come in all different varieties. Shingle, shake and slate are just some of the varieties of tile. When it comes to concrete tiles, the texture, hue and shape are no issue at all. In fact, they often don't end up looking like tile at all. In the southwest and parts of Florida, shapes of Spanish mission and rounded tile are widely popular.
Drawbacks To Tile Roofing
The main drawback to tile is its weight. It is important to know before hand whether or not your roof structure can hold the weight of tile. It is recommended that you consult with your roofing contractor to make sure the existing roof structure can support it. Expect to pay similar prices to wood roofing with this material, but unlike wood, this product will last well over 50 years, requires very little maintenance, and poses no fire hazard.
Keep in mind, the installed price is not the only factor determining the overall cost of installing tile roofing. You also need to take into account the maintenance costs, the guarantee of the roofing material, and the resale value. It is helpful to know that tile roofing offers a Class A fire rating which not only provides safety for everything under the roof, but also reduces insurance costs and will add to the resale value. Lastly, concrete roofing tiles are energy efficient which will save on heating and cooling bills all year round.
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