What is a Tile Roof?
Durable tile roofs are built to last a lifetime. They are non-combustible so they are safe against fires. They are also resistant to rotting and insects. Tile roofing can work with virtually any home design, too. Combining tile (one of the most traditional building materials) with more modern materials like glass, metal, or wood makes for a unique, beautiful architectural juxtaposition that will make your home design really stand out.
Cost of a Tile Roof
Tile roofs have the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material. While many other roofing options require full replacement in a relatively short period of time, concrete and clay tile roofs are a permanent solution and are intended to last the life of the structure it protects. And they’re fairly affordable, too. For instance, concrete tiles typically range between $1.50 to $5.50 per square foot, where as you can usually get a clay tile roof for around $2.50 to $5.00, depending on your area. In terms of maintenance, you won’t incur costs related to mold, stains, or color loss. You may also want to investigate the possibility of earning state or federal tax credits for upgrading to an energy efficient tile roof.
Eco-Friendly and Energy Efficient Tile Roofs
Investing in a tile roof can significantly reduce your monthly energy bill. Roofing tiles are the only materials currently in use that possess two inherent qualities necessary for energy reduction: first, the natural thermal resistance in the raw materials themselves that are created by the larger cross-sectional areas of the tiles while installed. Secondly, since they are installed individually, rather than in sheets or in overlapping style, the natural airspace around the tiles creates a natural ventilation that provides a thermal barrier for heat transfer to the roof deck. This “Above Sheathing Ventilation” (ASV) can result in greatly reduced heat flux transfer when compared to a baseline asphalt shingle. This can assist in the movement of the peak load demands by several hours, which directly benefits those living in warm climates as well as those in cold conditions.
Investing in a tile roof can also make you eligible for federal and state tax credits and increase the resale value of your home as more and more homebuyers are looking for homes with energy efficient features. You can also feel good about reducing your home’s environmental footprint as roofing tiles (as well as most of the production waste) can be recycled instead of unnecessary sitting in a landfill. Traditional roofing products contribute an estimated 20 billion pounds of waste to U.S. landfills on an annual basis.
Maintenance of Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are able to stand up to the elements, so maintenance is minimal. Still, inspect your roof regularly and replace any cracked or chipped tiles immediately to prevent the damage from spreading. To keep your roof clean, consider hiring a professional who is well-versed in how to move around on a tile roof and will be able to quickly and easily apply primers and paints to keep your roof cool and looking great.
Tile roofs can be very heavy. Clay is heavier than concrete, but both still put considerable strain on the structure of your home. Before you invest in a tile roof, you should consult with a structural engineer to determine if additional reinforcement should be made to support the weight of the roof.