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Tile roofs are quite common in specific areas of the country like the southwest and Florida due to their ability to resist extremely hot weather and salt air from close proximity to the ocean. Besides their remarkable resilience, tile roofing is among the most long-lasting out there, with a lifespan of up to 70 years if properly taken care of. Not bad right?
There are two types of tiles that can give your home a beautiful, distinct look, but each has its own set of features and benefits.
Clay tiles are produced by taking molded clay and baking it at high temperatures to form a strong and impenetrable material. Clay is an eco-friendly natural earth material that many find advantageous from an environmental standpoint. It naturally comes in earth tone colors but can be sprayed with an enamel before the baking process to produce more diverse tones that go with any style.
Another benefit to clay is that it is significantly lighter than concrete tile, weighing about 40% less and proving to be a better option for homes that can’t structurally handle too much weight on the roof. Clay doesn’t have as much durability in extremely cold temperatures, which is why Florida is the perfect climate for this style of roofing.
Lastly, clay tiles have about half the rate of water absorption as concrete tiles, making them less prone to the growth of mildew or stains.
Concrete tile is more common among Florida residential areas and can closely simulate the appearance of any other kind of tile like clay or slate. It’s very versatile when it comes to styles and texture. Concrete tile is environmentally friendly and has the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material, making it a top choice for homeowners.
Concrete outperforms clay in colder climates and holds up to very low temperatures quite well, making it more versatile in any climate.
Because selecting a tile roof is a huge investment, you’ll of course want to make sure whoever you hire is going to do the job right and guarantee their work. Roofing Depot of FL has considerable experience with installations, repairs, and maintenance for any type of roof.
We source tile from only top manufacturers like Eagle Roofing Products and Boral Roofing so you can have a large catalog of color and style choices.
Interested in a new tile roof? Give us a call today and speak with one of our experts.