Tile Roof and Why Use It
A tile roof is a beautiful and durable roofing option that has been used for thousands of years. Using individual tiles that are made from clay, slate, or concrete, a tile roof provides exceptional benefits to your home. And the old world charm of a tile roof is undeniable. Dallas Fort Worth homeowners frequently select tile roofs for the advantages and longevity that they provide.
Tile Roof Installation
A tile roof is installed much like an asphalt roof. Each tile is nailed to the roof decking, starting at the lower edge of the roof and working up towards the peak. Each tile row overlaps the one below it, promoting excellent rainfall shedding even during heavy cloudbursts. Water easily moves down and off the roof without pooling or breaching the roof decking.
Tile Roof Requirements
Unlike asphalt shingles, roofing tiles are quite heavy. The weight of tiled roofs can range from 700-1000 lbs per 100 square feet depending on which type of tiles you use. This means that the structure supporting them might need additional reinforcement. While this might add to the cost of installing a tile roof, the low maintenance needs of a tile roof can balance that cost over time.
There is a minimum pitch required for a tile roof. 4:12 pitch (4 inches of vertical rise for every 12 inches of horizontal run) is needed. A pitch as low as 2.5:12 is allowed when two layers of underlayment are applied.
Tile Is A Lifetime Roof
An outstanding benefit of tile roofing is that they are typically considered a “lifetime roof.” This means that they can last 50, 75, 100 years—or longer. Tile roofing easily outlasts every other type of roofing material! If you install a tile roof, it will last the lifetime of the home. This effectively makes it the lowest cost long-term roofing option.
Additional Tile Roofing Benefits
There are many additional benefits to having a tile roof on your home. Tile roofing materials are extraordinarily hail damage resistant and high wind resistant. This is a notable benefit in the Dallas Fort Worth region, where hail and high winds accompany storms in the area. Tile roofing is impervious to rot and insect damage and has a Class-A fire rating—the highest fire rating achievable.
Environmentally Friendly Tile Roofing
Many Korrect Roofing clients in the DFW area inquire about environmentally friendly roofing options. Clay and concrete roofing tiles are environmentally friendly and sustainable. Their production will not deplete natural resources and they are not produced using chemical preservatives. The long life of a tile roof reduces landfill waste, and in the event that a tile or tile roof is removed it is 100% recyclable.
Additionally, tile roofing is a natural thermal barrier due to the natural spacing between each tile. This allows for improved ventilation and insulation, making your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This will reduce your energy usage to heat and cool your home, which will also save you money.
Beautiful Tile Roofing
Undoubtedly, one of the most appealing things about a tile roof is how they look. Roof tiles add a pleasing aesthetic to your home which increases the curb appeal (and potentially the resale cost if you should decide to sell your home). Today’s roofing tiles come in a variety of colors, shapes, and textures so you can truly customize the look of your roof.
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