When Is a Tile Roof NOT the Best Fit?

If the roof on your home is due for replacement, or you’re planning to purchase a new or existing home in the Tampa area, you might be considering the pros and cons of tile roofing. This type of roofing is very popular all across Florida, but before you pick tile as your roofing material or purchase a home with a tile roof, be sure to weigh the following factors to determine whether tile roofing is the best fit for your needs:

Concerns With Installation Quality

Until the early 1990s, it was common practice to set roof tiles in a mortar. As the mortar dried out, the tiles would loosen, making them vulnerable to slippage and wind damage. Although installation methods have improved, some tile roofers in Tampa cut corners on new installations by skimping on material overlaps and neglecting proper anchoring and the use of top flashing. Outdated installation techniques and poor quality workmanship can shorten the 50-year plus expected lifespan of a tile roof and cause damaging leaks once the underlayment deteriorates, because it’s the only real barrier to water intrusions.

Roof Pitch

The pitch of a home’s roof can rule out the use of tile roofing. Tiles are most often installed on roofs with at least a 4:12 pitch, which equates to a vertical rise of 4 inches per foot of horizontal distance. It’s possible to install tiles on roofs with a slope as low as 2:12, but these roofs require a double layer of underlayment in order to meet Florida’s strict building code. If your home’s roof has a low slope, you should consider installing a material that’s specifically designed for this style of roof rather than tile.

Tile Profile and Style of Home

The terracotta hues and rounded curves of traditional roof tiles look stunning on Mediterranean-, Spanish- and Mission-style homes, especially those with a stucco exterior. If you have a ranch, Victorian or contemporary-style home with horizontal cladding, you may find that a traditional tile profile doesn’t mesh with your home’s architecture. In recent years, a number of different tile profiles have been introduced, including flat and shake-look versions, as well as a wider range of colors. So, you now have more choices available if terracotta, S-curve tiles don’t suit your home’s aesthetic.

To learn whether tile roofing is the right fit for your home, contact us at Imperial Roofing, your expert tile roofers in Tampa.

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