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Tile Roofing Video

Are you planning a new home or re-roofing an old one? This video from gives you a rundown of the ins and outs of tile roofing materials. While most people associate these attractive tile shingles with Southwestern or Mediterranean style architecture and warm climates, these versatile tiles can actually take on many colors and shapes and are compatible with many home designs.

Tile roofs are some of the most durable around; they come with long warranties and can last more more than fifty years (as opposed to an asphalt shingle roof, which lasts about twenty years). The durability of tile roofs is a major selling point with homeowners and builders. However, if you want to incorporate this resilient beauty into your own home, there are some considerations.

Tile Roofing: Structural, Cost and Environmental Considerations

First, there is the weight of the tile. It's extremely heavy, so your roof must be specially constructed and your home must be engineered to bear the added heft. This can add extra cost when replacing a lighter roof with tile; your home may have to be retrofitted and your roof rebuilt to accommodate the additional weight.

Second, there are cost considerations. Tile roofing is relatively expensive, with ceramic (also called clay or terra cotta) tile costing about $200 per 10 by 10 foot square and concrete tile costing about $80 per square. By comparison, a cheap asphalt roof might run you $40 per square.

Third, there are environmental issues. While tile roofing has the advantages of fire-resistance and good looks, extreme cold can cause concrete tiles to crack and need replacement.

Tile roofing demands a skilled and experienced professional to install it, and the combined skills of architect and engineer to make it all work.

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Asphalt Shingle Roofing

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Asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material in North America mainly because they are economical and versatile, work well on steep-sloped roofs, are sunlight and weather resistant, require little-to-no maintenance and are reasonably priced. In addition, asphalt shingles are also easy to cut, fasten, and fit, as well as being compatible with many different kinds of flashing and edging products.

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