Tile roofing is one of the most coveted and beautiful roofing systems around. A premium roofing system, tile is expensive because it is so durable, lasting up to 100 years. There are a variety of tile types to choose from.
The original form of tile roofing, clay tiles are handcrafted and heated at thousands of degrees to create natural, one-of-a-kind individual sheets that are impervious to weather and intrusions. Clay tile rarely breaks, can be smashed if dropped during installation or hit by a particularly big piece of hail. Clay can crack easier in colder climates due to the air bubbles in the bricks from when they were baking in the kilns.
Made out of sand, cement, and water, concrete tiles simulate the look of clay tile without the heavy weight. Because they do have cement in them, concrete tile weighs 1000 pounds per square foot, making it the heaviest roofing system available. Have your roof inspected to make sure your foundation can support the heavy load. Concrete tile can endure all weather types including freezing temperatures and won’t crack. This tile type has a lifespan of 50 years.
Synthetic and Ceramic
Synthetic tile looks like ceramic tile but is made out of rubber and is the lightest tile option in weight, weighing less than half the weight of their predecessors. It is waterproof and durable, but won’t last the 100 years that clay will. These tiles can last for 50 years.
Spanish tile is popular for mimicking the Mediterranean roof looks and is very durable but requires the most upkeep out of all the tile types. Water can get trapped under the barrel shape of the Spanish tile and lead to mold or leaks.