In previous blogs we’ve talked about some of the specific roofing tile types. Today’s blog touches on the elements of each of those types of tile roofs and some specific parts. You probably recognize that there are different styles of tiles with the four most common being the mission style, Spanish or ‘S’ style, flat or shingle style, and detailed or French tile. Each of these has some similarities and some differences.
Mission and Spanish Roofing Tiles
Of the four major styles of roofing tiles, these two are the most similar and often confused. The elements that are the same include the roofing deck and underlayment and the fact that they both need eave closures. Eave closures help protect your roof deck from wind driven rain, pests, and birds. In fact, sometimes these are referred to as a bird stop. Eave closures are along the roof line and are set just inside the last row of tiles along your roof.
Along the ridge line, or peak, of your roof, your roofer finishes the roof with venting and protection. The vent allows your roof to breathe and last longer and the protective elements keep driving rain out. Because both of these roofing types look similar, the final tile pieces do too. The ridge cap looks like half of a circle which covers the vent giving your roof a finished look.
Shingle tiles come in many different textures to mimic slate and wood shake and are almost all cement tiles. Because they are flat in nature like a traditional shingle, there is no eave closure as the tiles lay flat on the roof deck. The vent and ridge line has the same construction as any other roofing system but the top tiles that finish your roof will be angular rather than rounded.
If you are considering shingle tiles, make sure to hire an experienced tile roofing company for your installation. They will ensure that your roof has clean lines and a beautiful pattern if you have multiple colored shingles. More than any other roof tile, these need to be laid properly to ensure an exceptional look.
French Style Tiles
The French style tiles aren’t seen as often in Florida as other tile styles but they are among the most dimensional of roofing products available. Although they are dimensional like the Mission style tiles, they don’t require eave closures because the shape of the tile has a natural closure on each one. Nearly all French style tiles are interlocking meaning the tiles hold onto the ones next to it to create a strong and durable roof.
No matter the architectural styling of your home, a tile roof pattern will compliment it. If you’re unsure of which style, color, or pattern roof you’re interested in, call the Tampa tile roofing experts at Suncoast Roofing Solutions at 813-283-2544.