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Tile Roofing

Tile creates a stunningly beautiful roof that can last for 100 years or more. But this type of roofing requires a beefy support structure. For an easier load, try metal roofing that mimics tile, which may weigh as little as one pound per square foot.

 

If you are interested in tile, take a moment to review the list below to help you decide if tile is the best fit for your roof.

Pros:


Longevity. A concrete tile roof will last and last, and clay tile will probably longer than any other kind of roofing material. Some manufacturers estimate their product will last 50 years, but many Colorado homes sport tile roofs that are older.


Style. Clay, concrete and sand-cast tiles make a beautiful roof that gives a home a distinctly Southwestern flair.


Improvements. Manufacturers are making concrete tile to look like wood shakes—but without the fire danger. And they’re coming out with lighter-weight tiles.


Other. Tiles are fireproof and resist rot and insects.




Cons:


Weight. Most tiles ares so heavy that your roof needs reinforcement to support its weight. If you’re replacing a shingled roof with tiles, you’ll need to hire a structural engineer (cost: $400 - $600) to tell you where to reinforce the wood in the attic to hold the extra weight. Then you might have to spend $1,500 or so on adding that woodwork, in addition to paying for the tile.


Fragile. Walking on tiles can break them, so repairs and maintenance are better left to professionals who are skilled at maneuvering on a tile roof without damaging anything. That includes painting your home’s trim or cleaning rain gutters and chimneys.


Maintenance. Your concrete tiles will last just about forever. If you have a full-weight concrete tile installed, there should be very little maintainence required.


Price. Tile roofing is expensive. Concrete tiles, for instance, cost around $800-$1000 a square installed, depending if you are putting on a new roof or simply reinstalling the old tiles over a new underlayment (a square is a 10-foot by 10-foot area. The pitched roof of a 2,400-square foot home is about 35 tiles).

Recommended Manufacturers:


  • Westile
  • Boral
  • Ludowici
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