Frequently Asked Questions About Tile Roofing

Frequently Asked Questions About Tile Roofing

Are you on a search for a new roof? Then you might be asking yourself these questions about tile roofing in your research. We at Kirkey Roofing have compiled a list of our frequently asked questions about tile roofing. How is it different than other types of roofs? What are its cons? We’ll cover all of that and more in this edition of frequently asked questions about tile roofing. Any questions not covered here, please feel free to give us a call at (941) 499-8386.

What is tile made of exactly?

Most tile installed in Florida is made from Concrete or clay. There are lighter weight concrete products available but are not optimal for Florida environmental conditions.

What styles of tile can I choose from?

Your style of tiles will depend on your design preference and the style of your home. There are hundreds style and color combinations.  Some of the most popular include tradition Spanish barrel, smooth flat, textured flat to look like slate, split shake, or a smaller barrel. Your roofing contractor can help you find a style that best fits your preference and the architecture of your home.

I’ve heard tiles are heavy, will that be detrimental to my home?

Although heavier than most common types of roofing materials, many homes in Florida are built to utilize tile.  Homes that do not currently have a tile roof will need to be evaluated by an architect or engineer to ensure the home meets the structural requirements.

How does tile handle extreme weather?

One of the benefits of a tile roof is its ability to withstand the elements and be longer-lasting compared to other roofing alternatives.   Tile roof systems are available that are tested to withstand a category 5 hurricane.  Some manufacturers even offer a warranty against hurricane damage.  Ask your roofing specialist for more information.

How long do roof tiles last?

Barring catastrophic events, tile roofs are rated to last 30 to 50 years with proper upkeep. This is the rated timeline, actual timelines may far exceed this period with appropriate maintenance.   The actual tiles are warranted for a lifetime.  They will outlast all other materials on your roof.  It is important to choose a roofing professional that will install a tile system designed for longevity.

Can you replace a shingle roof with a tile roof?

Yes, but this is a question for your chosen roofing contractor. Every house structure is unique, and the tile’s heavier weight should be taken into consideration before making any decisions.   An architect or engineer will need to evaluate your home before tile installation or building permits are obtained.

Do you have any questions about tile roofing you would like to see added to this list?  Call us at (941) 499-8386 or send us a quick message here.

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