If you’re considering a new tile roof, there are several factors to consider. Tile roofing is a great option but may not be suitable for every home. Here are the pros and cons of tile roofs:
Tile roofing is celebrated for its extreme durability and longevity. There are tile roofs still standing today that have been around for centuries! Unlike asphalt shingle roofs which only last about 30 years, a tile roof can easily last 100+ years. The ceramic or cement tiles are resistant to high winds, rain, hail, fire, earthquakes, and sunlight. It would take a major storm to cause problems for your roof.
Tile roofs require very little maintenance, and repairs are simple. Because each tile is individually installed, they are easy to replace if one gets damaged. Every now and then it is a good idea to check your roof for signs of damage. Look out for cracks as well as any debris on your roof.
Because tile is a premium roofing material, the cost per square foot is higher than asphalt shingles. However, many people view their tile roof as a long term investment. If you plan on living in your home for more than 50 years, you’ll likely never need to worry about reroofing. Tile roofing can also add value if you plan to sell your home. However, the initial cost can turn people away.
Cement and ceramic tiles are heavy, and if your house did not have a tile roof before, it may need extra structural support. This can be an additional expense for some homeowners. However, if you have had a tile or slate roofs, your house probably won’t need any additional support. Have a roofer inspect your home before committing to as tile roof just in case!