If you’re looking to replace your tile roofing or want to upgrade from another roofing material to tile, you should have a good understanding of your tile roofing options. Understanding the different materials and profiles will make a difference in how your home looks and if you need any structural changes.
Concrete vs. Clay
Although both types of tile can last for decades with proper maintenance, they are significantly different. For many years clay roofing tiles were the only option and offered many benefits to help keep a home cool even under the Tampa sun. Their barrel shaped design allows for great insulative properties and is surprisingly durable. The downside of most clay tiles is that they fade and can crack or break in large hailstorms. They’re also heavy so if you’re moving from asphalt shingles to clay tile roofing, you’ll likely need significant reinforcement of your roof’s structure.
Concrete tile comes in many different profiles (or shapes) and countless colors. It’s also lighter than clay and more resistant to fading and cracking. Concrete tile tends to be the most popular of the tile roofing options for a roof replacement in Tampa.
Depending on your home’s style, you may want a traditional barrel, Roman or S-shaped tile. If you’re looking to mimic shake or slate, you’ll want a flat tile. If your main goal with tile roofing is to add some color to your roof, you can choose just about any profile tile. No matter what shape you choose you’ll end up with good natural insulation from both heat and sound. Because every manufacturer has a slightly different name for their roofing tiles, talk to your tile roofing company about what you like either by sharing an image or pointing out a neighboring home and they can direct you to the right option.
Know Your Installer
Hiring a qualified tile roofing company with experience in the type of tile you’re wanting is key. Suncoast Roofing Solutions is a licensed and experienced tile roofing company offering many tile roofing options from leading manufacturers like Crown, Boral and Eagle. We’re also a member of the Tile Roofing Institute. When you’re looking for a leading tile roofing company in Tampa, call Suncoast at (813) 283-2544 for your appointment.