Homeowners today experience trepidation when selecting which material is best for their roof. With several great options available, deciding which material you prefer presents a unique challenge. In order to minimize the stress of this decision-making process, we will be taking an in-depth look over the next several weeks at different material options and their pros and cons. Last week we reviewed the pros and cons of metal roofing. Today, our experts discuss the pros and cons of tile roofing. To check out popular roofing material around Colorado Springs read more here.
Tile Roofing Pros and Cons Summary
|Durable and weather-resistant||Expensive initial investment|
|Can help reduce energy costs||Tile is heavy|
|Minimal maintenance and long-lasting||Correct installation is critical|
|Stylish options to improve curb appeal||Tile can be brittle to impact damage|
Pros of Tile Roofing
- 1.) Durable and Weather-resistant
A tile roof's useful life spans over 50 years. During this time, roofing tiles will withstand hail, high winds, and other extreme elements. Manufacturers design these tiles to offer superior protection to more the popular asphalt shingle roofs.
- 2.) Can Help Reduce Energy Costs
Tile roofs leave a small gap for air circulation underneath each tile. While the tile roofing material absorbs the radiant heat from the sun, the gap for air circulation keeps the attic from heating up. This leads to reduced cooling costs throughout the year.
- 3.) Minimal Maintenance and Long-lasting
Manufacturers design tile roofs with the homeowner's needs in mind. This means that tile roofs require minimal maintenance and upkeep throughout their life. While minimal maintenance is still required, tile roofs last longer than asphalt shingle roofs with less maintenance over the course of their life.
- 4.) Stylish with Great Curb Appeal
Clay and tile roofs offer a beautiful roofing option for your home. They come in many colors and designs and are a great compliment to the architecture of the home. Check out some great design options HERE.
Cons of Tile Roofing
- 1.) Expensive Initial Investment
Tile roofing material can cost between $500 and $1200 per square (100 sq ft). This can be as much as 12 times more expensive than asphalt shingles for premium tile roofs. In addition to the cost of the tile, clay or tile roofs require more structural support than other, lighter roofing options. The specialized tools, training, and equipment required for tile roofing necessitate a higher installation cost.
- 2.) Tile Roofing is Heavy
Concrete or clay tiles add weight to the structure of your roof. This additional weight requires additional roofing structure to support the added load. Tile roofs average about ten (10) pounds per square foot while asphalt shingles average about two (2) pounds per square foot.
- 3.) Correct Installation is Critical
Tile roofs require a roofing contractor with specific knowledge and training. They must be installed with great care to ensure they last as long as they should and that they do not cause damage to the structure of your home. Furthermore, tile roofing requires specialty flashings specifically designed for tile roofs.
- 4.) Tile Can Be Brittle to Impact Damage
Although tile roofs are designed to be some of the most durable roofs available to homeowners, they are not invincible. Large hail and large broken tree limbs still cause damage in some instances. In these instances, tiles crack or break from hard impacts and these breaks require immediate attention. Although the likelihood of your tile roof being damaged is slim, the cost of repair is still greater and should be taken into account.
When choosing a material for your roof, it’s important to look at the pros and cons of the many options available to you. Tile roofs offer many benefits, but we encourage homeowners to weigh the pros and cons before a final purchase decision.