While any professionally installed roof can protect your home, a tiled roof offers unmatched style, longevity, and energy savings. Historically, tiled roofs are most popular in the Southwest where harsh climates require the unique qualities of tiled roofs. These distinctive neighborhoods offer a sea of terracotta red for miles. Today, you can make your own home stand out with individual color choices and styles, enjoying this beautiful option anywhere. Let your imagination and creativity build a unique look that compliments your home’s design.
Unique Excellence of Tiled Roofs
A tiled roof is an investment. It requires more money in the beginning, but the average tiled roofs last five times longer than standard asphalt shingle roofing and require little maintenance. In fact, tiled roofs enjoy the longest life cycle of any roofing. When compared to the total lifespan, the cost is often less than other roofing options. The physical density and weight of tiled roofs provide unmatched insulation. The tiles keep heat out and cool in during summer months and keep you warm in the winter. As the industry moves from red clay tiles to cement in many colors, you can choose the color and profile shape to enhance the beauty of your home. Choose Mission style, French style, Interlocking style or Spanish style tiles for the classic tiled roof look. Or you can choose new blue, green, and grey styles that resemble asphalt shingles, wooden shake, or slate with all the long-term advantages of tiled roofs.
Types of Tiles
Mission, Spanish, and Scandia style are all available, as well as The Double Roman, Flat Shake, Pantile, French, and the Riviera tiles for the classic tiled roof look.
Mission style, also known as Barrel style, comes from the traditional architecture of Ancient Greece. True barrel tiles are tapered, and homeowners often choose to install them on curved roofs.
Spanish tiles look like rows of undulating waves with broad rivers between the tiles. Homeowners will use these tiles in places where rain occurs infrequently but heavily at times.
Scandia tiles are basically Spanish tiles turned upside down, giving them sharper edges with the broad rivers remaining the same. The Double Roman looks like Spanish tile at first, but upon closer inspection, you see distinctive ribs that are very pronounced.
Flat Shake tiles are usually found in concrete and are made to look like many other shingle styles, including wood shake and granulated asphalt. Pantile tiles resemble a flattened S shape, giving your roof the visual effect of ripples.
French style tiles, called “Profile” by some, look like a reversed version of the Double Roman with indents instead of humps, allowing more water shedding during heavy rains. The Riviera is a flattened version of the Double Roman, without any bumps at all.
Advantages of Tiled Roofs
The most significant benefit of tiled roofs is longevity as they are guaranteed for 50 years and often last twice that. As you make this once in a lifetime investment, know that you are also choosing the highest thermal performance of any roofing. These roofs repel the sun’s heat in the summer, reflecting seven times more heat than metal roofing, and keep your home warm during the winter, saving on heating and cooling dollars.
Tiled roofs offer protection from severe weather events. In fact, a professionally installed roofing system can withstand 125 miles an hour winds with no damage where other types of roofing fail. Tiled roofs exceed current seismic load requirements, offering assurance in earthquake-prone areas.
Additional advantages of tiled roofs include protection from fire and insect infestation or rotting. They also shield you from noise pollution by lowering road noise by 30 decibels over other roofing materials. And, tiled roofs are fully recyclable, a factor vital to the environment as we reach toward more self-sustaining building materials to avoid clogging landfills. All of these advantages provide curb appeal and can enhance resale value for your investment.
Disadvantages of Tiled Roofs
The most noticeable disadvantage of tiled roofs is initial cost. While an excellent long-term investment, tiled roofs can be several times more costly to install than asphalt shingle, metal, or wood shake roofs. The weight of tiled roofs can require an engineering inspection and possible reinforcement if you are replacing a lighter alternative. Also, in areas where impact damage risk is high from falling tree branches, other types of roofing may be more sensible.
Repairs, while few and far between, do require professionals with specific knowledge and training. Repairing tiled roofs is not a DIY project as additional tiles can break under the weight of a worker. The tiles, when wet, are extremely dangerous to hold firmly or stand on.