Whether you’re building a new home or are considering a new roof, you’ll find that you have more choices than you might have imagined. Clay tiles have been used in roofing for hundreds of years in Europe, and are becoming more popular in the U.S. as homeowners discover their many benefits. Here are a few points that you’ll need to consider when deciding which type of materials will work best with your roof.
Cost of Tiles Vs. Traditional Shingles
Tiles are initially more expensive to install than wood shake or asphalt shingles, but many homeowners will assert that the cost is more than made up over the lifespan of their roof. While traditional shingles will need to be replaced every 20 to 30 years, tile roofs are amazingly long-lasting, with lifespans of at least 50 to 100 years. Concrete tiles cost even less than slate or clay tiles, but are just as attractive and durable.
Color and Style Variety
Tiles are widely known for their Spanish and Mediterranean looks, which are very popular with home architecture in Southern California. Some homeowners might think they’re limited to this look if they want a tile roof, but they’ll be surprised to find out that roof tiles can be made to resemble slate and shake shingles. They’re available in a wide variety of colors and shades, which are mostly fade-resistant and will make any home look attractive for decades.
Safety and Maintenance
Roofing tiles are fireproof, with Class A safety ratings. This will not only give you peace of mind, but will also result in lower fire insurance rates for your home. They’re also extremely resistant to damage from hail and extreme weather conditions. In addition to these benefits, tile roofs are also low-maintenance, even further saving you money.
As an experienced roofing company, we can answer any questions you have about what kind of roof would best suit your home. Give us a call at 909-986-0509 for free roofing estimates on tile or shingle roofs.