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If you are in the market for a new tile roof, you understand the importance of a quality installation and materials. The roof is one of the most important systems of a home as it protects the interior, its contents, and most importantly, your family from the outside elements. It also helps regulate the temperature inside the house, provides proper ventilation to the attic space, and can save you significantly on your monthly energy bills. 

So, what is there to know about tile roofing systems? 

Craven Construction has been installing, maintaining, and repairing tile roofs for over two decades! We have put together this guide to help you better understand tile roofs, answer a few frequently asked questions, review the types of tiles used for roofing, and offer a few of our greatest tips on choosing a professional tile roofer.

What Is Tile Roofing?

Tiles have been used as a roofing material for a very long time. To make the roofing system, tiles are overlapped and securely attached to the roof deck. A tile roof requires a slope roof, or a pitch of 2 ½ / 12. In order to be properly installed, you will want to hire a professional tile roofing contractor as it requires a specific skill set and experience. 

Lifespan of a Tile Roof

One of the primary advantages of a tile roofing system, and why they are incredibly popular, is their long lifespan. Tile roofs offer a longer lifespan than any and all other types of roofing material. When professionally installed and well maintained, a tile roof can last upwards of 50 years!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tile roofs expensive?

The initial cost of a tile roof can be a bit shocking to many homeowners. However, the long lifespan and minimal maintenance can help offset the initial expense. While prices will vary based on your specific market or region, tile roofs are typically the most expensive of any roofing materials.

Can you walk on a tile roof?

Yes, you can walk on a tile roof, however, it is not recommended. The tiles can be delicate and easily break when under a load and not walked on correctly. If you must walk on a tile roof, step where the tiles overlap and are supported directly underneath. Also, wear rubber sole shoes or boots for added safety.

What is the fire rating on a tile roof?

Most tiles have a Class A fire rating and this classification pertains to them individually as a product as well as a roofing system. Tile roofs are non-combustible and clay or concrete tiles have the highest fire-retardant rating. This makes tile roofs ideal for areas prone to bushfires.

Will a tile roof require a lot of maintenance?

As we shared earlier, tile roofing systems are incredibly durable and have a long lifespan. Because of their durability, they require minimal maintenance. The primary cause of damage to a tile roof is when the tiles crack or break under impact. Luckily, specific tiles can be replaced without replacing an entire section.

Types of Tile

There are several types of materials that are used to create a tile roof. Below are the most popular ones we have installed and you should consider for your new roof. 

  • Concrete: For the environmentally conscious homeowner, concrete tiles are an affordable option. Though they are the least expensive option available on the market, concrete tiles will require additional structural support. 
  • Composite: Made from a combination of man-made and natural materials, composite tiles are available in different custom colors and designs. Composite tiles also offer great mildew and mold protection. 
  • Clay: If you like a traditional tile look, a clay tile roof is for you. They offer an elegant design that is made to last. Clay tile roofs will require additional reinforcements and proper installation to protect it from significant damage. 
  • Metal: If you like the look of tile, but have a slightly smaller budget or your structure is not made to withstand the weight of a standard tile roof, you might consider a metal tile roof. Metal can be morphed into different shapes and come in several different colors to match the design of a home.

How to Choose A Tile Roofing Contractor? 

Tile roofs require an experienced contractor to complete the installation. Hiring a roofer with extensive knowledge and proper installation practices will ensure a quality roof. When researching roofing contractors and interviewing them, be sure to discuss and ask: 

  • Is the roofer licensed and insured?
    How long have they been in business? 
  • Ask for references and look at review sites for honest feedback. 
  • Discuss your roofing options with several roofers and obtain at least three estimates to compare.

East Valley Trusted Professional

If you are located in the East Valley and in need of a professional tile roofing contractor, Craven Construction is here for you! Our team brings over two decades of tile roof experience to each and every job. We are also professionally trained and highly skilled with tile roof installation, maintenance, and repair. Call our office to schedule your FREE estimate and trust your home to be properly cared for with a new quality tile roof.

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over two decades of residential and commercial experience, we are here to serve you and all of your roofing needs.

Our team of experienced roofers is licensed and knowledgeable in working with all types of roofing. We offer high quality roofing services and are capable of getting your project completed in a timely, efficient manner.