Tile roofing has an interesting history, which makes sense for a material that can last 100 years or more.
Traditionally, tile roofs were made from slate, fired clay, or a byproduct of terracotta. When you see a modern-day roof, it’s most likely made form concrete that’s been molded and tinted.
Whether you want to stick with the classic terracotta or go the modern concrete route, there are a few pros and cons to consider. If you opt to move forward with tile, though, you’ll enjoy an end result that’s well worth the investment.
If you live in an area that endures high temperatures or exposure to salt air, then tile roofing is going to be an excellent option. As for the high temperatures, the heavy thermal mass of these tiles will help to maintain a cool home.
As for the salt air, well, tile roofs are virtually impervious. They can withstand tumults of water, hail, strong gusts of wind, and even fire.
Hidden pockets of moisture won’t affect this style of roofing. Also, rot and insect damage won’t be a cause for concern with this style of roofing.
Since this is a material that can last over 100 years, you’re going to have to pay a pretty penny upfront. Sure, the long-term savings are there, but the upfront costs are hefty. Tile roofs tend to run about two to three times as much as asphalt roofs.
Of course, this is for your traditional clay or terra cotta tile roofs. If you opt for concrete tiles, then you’re looking at a more affordable price point. Best of all, you won’t forego the longevity of this style of roofing with concrete tile—just the price point.
The next biggest con is the weight.
In order to install tile roofing, the roof framing on your house needs to be very sturdy. Otherwise, these roofs can collapse under the weight of the tiles and, well, let’s not even go there. Just be sure to consult with a reputable engineer to make sure you’re in the clear.
Tile Roofing for Life
There’s no doubt that good tile roofing will last the entirety of your life and maybe even your children’s lives. It’s absolutely gorgeous to look at and can withstand a multitude of weather conditions.
Sure, the weight of this style of material is something to consider. But, if an engineer gives you the green light, then we consider the upfront cost to be worth it, especially if you plan to keep your home in the family for years.
Here at Woodberg, we’re your local roofing experts. If you live in the Denver area, we can help you with all your roofing needs, from basic repairs to major installations.
Together, we will work within your budget to install a roof that looks beautiful and can stand the test of time. Feel free to request a free inspection and estimate today. We look forward to turning your existing house into your dream home.