Although asphalt shingles are still the most common roofing material, in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater a tile roof replacement is quite common. This is because it looks great and lasts for decades. It also suits the style of many homes common in our area. Because we’re a leading tile roofer, we hear questions regularly and decided to answer them here on our website.
1. Is Concreate or Clay Tile Roofing Better?
All tile roofing is better than asphalt roofing, however, whether clay is better than concrete is partially a matter of option and partially depend on what matters to you. If you want a traditional orange/reddish S or barrel style tile, you probably want clay tiles. If you want a different style or color, concrete tile roofing is a better option. Clay tiles are more prone to cracking but can be coated with tile coatings. Concrete tiles require more maintenance. We recommend and install both depending on the homeowner’s goals and what they’re looking for in a tile roof replacement.
2. Can I Change from One to the Other?
Concrete roofing tiles are significantly heavier than clay roofing tiles. However, most roofs can support the weight of either material. Your tile roof replacement company can inspect your roof and let you know if it requires any sort of reinforcement prior to your new roof installation. If you have asphalt shingles and want to change your roof to tile, chances are good you will need some additional support added.
3. Will My Tile Roof Really Outlast My Time in the Home?
That depends on many factors. When installed properly and maintained regularly, a tile roof can last 50 or more years. The tile itself is very durable, however, when a leak goes undetected it can lead to damage to the roof deck the leads to a premature roof replacement. Our best advice is to talk to your tile roofer and find out what their recommendations are for regular maintenance and follow their guidelines.
4. Which Costs Less?
On average you will pay less for a concrete tile roof replacement than a clay tile roof. This has to do with both the cost of materials and time it takes to install them. On average tile roof replacements cost more than metal and asphalt shingles.
If you are considering a tile roof replacement but have questions, hopefully we’ve captured your questions here. If not, we’d be happy to talk to you about tile roof replacements and answer any questions you may have. Reach us at (813) 283-2544 or by filling out our contact form today.