Pros and Cons of a Tile Roof


orange tile roofWhen it comes to a new roof, you want to weigh your options. The right roof can update your home and protect your family for years to come. The wrong roof can create problems and headaches that lead to regret and expense.

Tile roofs are a classic and beautiful option for many homeowners with varying home styles. They add a unique touch to any home. Let’s explore the pros and cons of a tile roof.  

Advantages of a Tile Roof

Around for thousands of years, tile roofs have become a standard within the industry popular with many homeowners for good reason. Here are a few of the advantages of tile roofs:

  • Low Maintenance. A common concern for new roofs is their upkeep. Luckily, tile roofs don’t require the maintenance of other roof types. Keep in mind, for locations exposed to salt air, such as coastal areas, it’s best to treat the roof with an algae prevention solution.
  • Long Lifespan. One of the most appealing benefits of a tile roof is their longevity. Tile roofs have the lowest life-cycle cost of any other roofing material. It’s not uncommon for a tile rood to last over 50 years. It’s a solid investment for any homeowner who plans to stay in the residence or looking for a long-term roofing solution.
  • Environmentally friendly. Tile roofs are made from natural minerals making them completely recyclable. Plus, the lifespan reduces and nearly eliminates the need for reroofing and other wasted materials.
  • Multiple Style and Options. Roof tiles have various styles such as round, flat, or styles like replicating old roofing, and simulating wood shakes. There are enough options to fit any architectural style.
  • Extreme Durability. Tile roofs are able to withstand extreme heat and cold. It has become a popular option for homes in the northern and southern regions.

Disadvantages of a Tile Roof

Before purchasing a tile roof, there several disadvantages you need to consider:

  • Weight. Tile is one of the heaviest roofing materials on the market giving homeowners another consideration, the structural foundation. Tile roofs require certain structural support to withstand the weight of the material.
  • Cracking. The one downfall of the durability of tile is their susceptibility to cracking. A crack can occur from direct impact such as a falling branch. Tile can be expensive to replace.
  • Cost. Without considering the lifespan, protection, low maintenance, and minimal environmental footprint, the initial investment of a tile roof can be quite surprising. The initial investment is high, even if there are lifetime savings. It most cases, tile roofs double the initial cost of an asphalt roof.

Ready for a New Roof?

As a consumer, you want to have all the information you need to make the decision that’s best for you. Each situation is different and requires different considerations. We want to ensure you’re confident in the roof you select.

If you’re ready for a new roof or need any assistance during the selection process, reach out to us. We are your local roofing experts ready to answer all your questions. 

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