Tile roofs are growing in popularity, especially down here in South Florida. It seems as if everywhere you go in Boca Raton, Delray Beach, or Deerfield Beach, you can spot a tile roof. That being said, many people do not know the whole story in regards to tile roofing. As part of our commitment to the best customer service, we have prepared a few questions to commonly asked questions.
How long can tile roofs last?
In South Florida, roofs will be seared by the sun, pounded by the rain, and assailed by heavy winds. You do not want your roof to leak or be damaged, and we understand that better than anyone.
Tile roofs can be expected to last for a very long time. Both concrete and clay tiles withstand an incredible amount of otherwise damaging conditions. Tile roofs are generally expected to last as long as the house, if not longer. There are ancient temples in Corinth, Greece that were built around 700 BCE that still have their tile roofs.
Can I customize the look of the tiles?
South Florida is known for its Latin flair, but we understand that not everyone wants their house to have that look. While the reddish-orange tiles look spectacular on some houses, they might not mesh with other houses.
There are many different styles and colors you can choose from. Every homeowner has their own aesthetic preference, so tile roofs come in all hues and forms. If you want your house to look Mediterranean, excellent. If you want your house to fit the New England Colonial style, that works too. If you have your own personal tastes, surely you can find the right tile roof.
Do I need to change my house at all?
Tile shingles can be quite heavy. Generally speaking, most well-built commercial and residential structures do not require any additional support for the weight.
Roof tiles are water shedding, which means that sometimes water can get under a shingle. This means that a homeowner needs a water-proof membrane to guarantee that no water is seeping into the home. Roofing contractors generally provide this service.
Another factor is the chatter. We are not talking about idle talk, but rather the roof’s potential to make noise when it is very windy. In order to firmly affix the tiles to the roof by means of stainless nails, and it is a good idea to find nose clips, to restrain the front edge of the tiles. Foam adhesives are not quite dependable enough to prevent the tiles from banging around.
What makes tile roofs better?
This question is entirely subjective. For some people, tile roofs are a fantastic investment. For others, they may be better off looking in another direction.
There are a few factors you should definitely consider though. First of all, a tile roof will last a very long time. Secondly, it is more environmentally friendly from start to finish. Clay and concrete tiles come from natural materials and insulate a home better. This reduces energy costs. Third, it is generally cost effective in the long run.
Another principle you want to consider is aesthetics. You will be living there for quite a while, and you want it to conform to your personal tastes. You can also treat a house as an investment, so someone who might buy the house also needs to consider it pretty.
If you have any additional questions, contact us today. As your local roofers, we are dedicated to providing excellent service to our community.