TILE ROOF

While asphalt shingles are most common in the U.S., tile roofs are more common worldwide. These tiles have been in use for more than a century, and are typically made from clay, terracotta, slate or concrete. While tile is among the more expensive roofing options, they’re built to last – their lifespan can last as much as double the lifespan of asphalt.

Tile can last double the lifespan of asphalt

Types of Tile Roof

Concrete

More modern types of concrete roofing use cement and sand with pigmented color coating. These are versatile and eco-friendly tiles, offering distinctive designs at affordable costs.

Terracotta

From the Italian word meaning “baked earth,” this natural clay product is lightweight yet high quality. Available in different options, terracotta lends a sophisticated and sharp look.

Metal

Metal tile roofs are versatile for different climates, as the material adapts well to sudden weather changes. They’re typically shaped like small scales or with a wavy surface.

PROS

  • Can last more than 100 years in the right climate
  • Wide variety of style and color choices
  • Resistant to fire, rot, insect, and environmental damage
  • Environmentally friendly, can be recycled
  • Requires little to no maintenance

CONS

  • More expensive than other roofing types
  • Longer installation process
  • More difficult to install – requires professional help
  • Heavier tiles requires a stronger building
  • Material may break during inspections or storms

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