Tile roofing is an excellent roofing material in the southwestern United States. Tile adds architectural style, great curb appeal and terrific resale value to a home. It is also particularly useful for homeowners who want an old-world or historic flair to their homes. In the 1500s, persistent rumors of rich silver lodes north of Mexico brought Spanish exploration into the American West. Spanish settlers followed these explorers and brought with them the Spanish Colonial architectural style — thick stucco walls to insulate from the heat and beautiful warm tile roofs to add beauty.
However, tile roofing isn’t just an attractive roofing alternative for old-world flair. There are many new shapes, sizes, colors and styles that offer an extremely modern and updated look. Tile is also a practical solution for the harsh climate. Tile holds up well under tough weather conditions, including the fierce heat, winds and hail so characteristic of the southwest.
Advantages to Tile Roofs:
- Durable: Clay, terracotta, ceramic, concrete and slate tiles are extremely durable and can last between 50-100 years.
- Thermal Insulating: Roof tiles help shed solar heat in summer and retain heat in winter.
- Drainage: Due to the unique shape of the tiles, tile roofs shed water extremely well.
- Fire Resistance: Because tile is made with clay, stone or concrete it is highly fire resistant.
- Resistant: Tile naturally repels insects and is immune to rot.
- Flexibility: Tile is that is available is dozens of colors and designs that will compliment any residential building and add to the esthetic value. Tile also tends to hold its color very well over the years and is not subject to fading.
Tiles roof are environmentally friendly:
Both concrete and clay roof tiles are made from materials that do not deplete precious natural resources. Both are created without using chemical preservatives. Both can be recycled to make new tiles or other products.
In addition, tile roofs are also energy efficient. Due to the superior thermal capacity of roof tiles and their natural ventilated air space, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in warm climates and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, which reduce potential ice accumulation.
Tile roofs are low maintenance and require few repairs:
Made from concrete, slate, ceramic or clay, tile roofing material is tough and very resistant to damage. Of course, if tiles are damaged, repairs are relatively simple, but should be undertaken by professional roofers immediately to prevent additional damage. A tile roof, properly maintained, can last 50 years or more.
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