Tile Roof Structure
Tiled roofs are beautiful and durable. They are also expensive and heavy, but that is perhaps to be expected from a building material that will likely last nearly 100 years. Traditional roofing tiles were made from slate or fired clay product, but more modern types are made from concrete. Roofing tiles can come in many shapes: curved, flat, fluted, or interlocking.
Tile roofing is a great choice for roofs that experience hot weather or exposure to salt air.
- Impervious to rot and insect damage. Unlike wood, tiles roofs will never decay.
- Environmentally friendly material. Tile roofs are made from earth minerals, not chemicals, and can be ground up and recycled when they are removed.
- Energy efficient. The heavy thermal mass of tiles will help regulate indoor temperatures.
- Long-lasting. A tile roof can last over 100 years, especially when installed in the right climate. Clay and concrete tile roofs have been known to withstand hail, high winds, and even fire. Once you install tile, you will never have to install another type of roofing again. Just in case, manufacturers will offer a 50-year warranty.
- Plenty of choices. Clay, concrete, and slate tiles come in a wide variety of colors and styles to match any home style, from Medieval to Contemporary European. Some styles even resemble traditional shingles or wood shakes.
- Low maintenance. Leaks are almost unheard of, and it is very rare for tile roofs to require repairs or maintenance unless they break due to heavy impact.