How to Choose the Best Roof Tile Options
When it is time to replace a roof there are many things to consider. For example, the homeowner will want to know the cost, maintenance, and how long it will last before needing replaced again. This article will briefly review and compare the different types of tile options available.
Clay roof tiles are been a good choice for people living in warm areas like Miami. This is because they do not absorb heat from the sun like many other types of tiles do. Unfortunately, people living in areas where there is freezing and thawing will find that this is a poor choice because clay tiles are known to break and cause damage from water. However, for the homeowner who is able to use these rounded tiles, there is great beauty in their warm earthy, terracotta colors. These tiles have been known to last a lifetime on a home but typically carry a 20-30 year guarantee. A disadvantage is that they are also heavy and fragile.
Concrete roof tiles, when compared to clay tiles, are slightly more durable, resist shattering, and can easily handle extreme temperatures. They are long lasting and have been known to remain in good condition on a home for over 50 years. Makers of clay tiles will argue that as far as aesthetics, the concrete tile just does not have the same pleasing colors and can begin to develop a mossy, algae-type color over time.
Other types of Miami roofing tile include a flat roof tile. These are typically interlocking and can be made of clay, concrete, ceramic, or zinc. Another option is the “S” roof tile. It can be made of clay or concrete and combines the cap and pan of a two-piece system into one piece. The advantage of this is that it saves cost, installation time, and uses fewer tiles. There is an all weather version of the “S” tile that tolerates the freeze-thaw cycles of the north. The barrel roof tile has a rolling look than can come in a Spanish or Roman style. Synthetic roof tiles can be made to resemble clay tile, concrete tile, slate, asphalt shingles, metal panels, and wood shingles and shakes. They use recycled material and are light, resist hail, algae, and mold.
Before choosing the type of roof tile, it is important to investigate different types of tile options available. A homeowner’s location and the look they are going after will narrow the choices so that the best roofing material is selected.