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Tile roofing options and the Pros & Cons of each.
Slate Roofing Tiles
Slate tiles are like the Rolls Royce of roof tiles because of their long life span, beautiful look and durability.
On a scale from 1-10 in regard to strength slate would score a 10. Slate is virtually maintenance free once installed and lasts for decades without any problems corroding or rotting away. The only real issue with having slate tile roofing is that it’s not an eco friendly material. So if you’re looking to have something green then this won’t be the best option for you but if you’re just looking for simple beauty this is definitely your style…
Metal Roofing Tiles
Metal roofing tiles are another popular choice because they offer strength, durability and greenness. Made from recycled metal these tiles are highly valuable. They offer great energy savings because of the reflectivity that they have to offer. Metal roofs like slate are extremely strong and provide a long lasting roof without any worries or issues what so ever….
Although many people believe that tile roofs cost more than shingles most of this couldn’t be farther from the truth with today’s advances in technology there has been an excellent reduction in both price and quality making them very affordable as well as durable options for your home.
Concrete Roofing Tiles
Concrete roofing tiles are gaining popularity quickly because they are extremely cost effective. Asphalt shingles have a life span of about 15 years, but you can get more than 40 years for less money with concrete roof tiles. The only other thing you need to be aware of is that they do require maintenance such as sealing the joints and replacing some individual tiles when necessary….
Concrete roofs are not new by any means so there has been plenty of time for the technology to catch up to supply’s demand causing lower prices then ever before.
Composite Roofing Tiles
Composite roofing tiles are also making a comeback in the market. They are made of a fiberglass core that runs throughout the tile. Tiles are laid as in traditional roofing, but they do not need full support underneath them like concrete tiles require.
Because composite tiles have a thin piece of wood running through the center of them, maintenance is pretty much like any other asphalt shingle. You will still need to get up on your roof and check for loose or missing tiles from time to time, but this can be done while standing safely on your garage rooftop.
Solar Roofing TIles
Solar roof tiles are somewhat new to the market but offer some nice benefits as well as risks to be aware of.
The first benefit is that solar roof tiles will save you money in the long run. Even though they are a bit more expensive than traditional asphalt shingles, they have much better energy efficiency ratings and can help you save quite a bit on your electric bill (up to 70% according to one study). They also come with a 25 year limited warranty. The Cons: This type of product is still pretty new so it can get difficult finding contractors who know how to install them properly or products that were installed correctly. Another issue is the cost. These tiles come with higher initial cost and the price of installation for a typical 2000sf roof is around $20,000. With that said, after looking at the numbers and how much you would save in electricity bill over the years it does not seem to add up. In our opinion/experience from this article and other research we have done solar roofs are just too expensive to be worth it right now.
Clay Roofing Tiles
Clay roofing tiles have been around a long time and are very popular in certain parts of the united states. The purpose of a clay tile roof is to protect the underlying structure from extreme weather events. This type of roofing material can last for 100-300 years and require very little or no maintenance . These benefits are what make it such an attractive option for homeowners. Clay tiles also come in many different colors so they can be used to match existing home’s color scheme which gives them a unique look because they are not flat .
The main drawback we see with these type of roofs is that they are extremely heavy , just laying one tile down can take two people, another thing that needs to be considered when looking at this roofing option is that new homes already have an efficient air barrier built into the construction materials and adding additional layers like this can cause loss of ventilation.
Synthetic Slate Roofing Tile
Synthetic slate is another option gaining popularity lately we personally do not recommend this roofing tile option solely because its not that green. In order to create synthetic slate, first a plastic is created then coating the plastic with a release agent and finally silicon is added for durability , all this to prevent rain and snow from penetrating these tiles. where it belongs. It also can help insulate your house so you can save on energy costs in the long run.
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