Tile roofs are a wonderful choice for a beautiful, rich, and classy look for your home or place of business. With various types of roof tiles available, you can have the exact look you desire and choose what best suites your taste. Don’t be fooled into thinking that roofing with tile is all about aesthetics though; having a roof made of tiles carries a lot of functional benefits as well!
Tile roofing is a popular choice because of its durability, energy efficiency, and longevity.
Tile is a beautiful and durable material used in residential roofing and commercial roof applications. It is usually made from clay or concrete and typically comes in curved, fluted or flat shapes. Whether you currently have a tile roof, or are interested in upgrading by having a new tile roof installed, PRQ Exteriors can help.
When you choose PRQ Exteriors as your roofing contractor, you’re getting the professionalism of a company that is licensed, bonded, and insured. You’re getting the best materials in the industry! Most importantly, you’re getting the very best roofers in Colorado, with the expertise and service you expect and deserve.
Tile Roof Features and Benefits Chart
(Information provided by the Tile Roofing Institute)
|Wide variety of colors||Concrete and clay tiles are manufactured in a wide array of colors, from light shades to dark or multi-colored, making it easy to coordinate your roof with exterior colors.|
|Full range of profiles and styles||Roof tiles can match any architectural style required for the building structure. They are designed to emulate traditional barrel style or other roofing materials such as wood and slate.|
|Increased value||More credits given on appraisal, and houses sell better and faster in direct comparisons to other materials such as asphalt shingle.|
|Long term durability||Tile roofs have the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material. Centuries old tile roofs are still enduring today.|
|Fire resistance||Class A fire resistant as a product and a system.|
|Built to withstand high winds||Tiles are designed and tested to meet Florida’s 150 MPH wind speeds.|
|Hail resistance||Tile roofs have an added layer of protection built in: the tile itself provides a tough, water shedding outer shell with the underlayment working as an extra shield. Tiles have been tested according to FM4473 for hail resistance ratings. Concrete and clay tiles can resist damage from hailstones as large as 2″ which is larger than a golf ball.|
|Seismic resistance tested||Research performed at USC shows that tile roofs exceed current seismic load requirements for building materials when installed to the current fastening requirements.|
|Sustainability||Tile roofs have the lowest life cycle costs based upon the life of the roofing material and required maintenance which fills LEED and Energy Star requirements.|
|Environmentally friendly||Materials do not deplete limited natural resources and have no chemical preservatives used in the production; all waste can be recycled and does not go into land fills; tile roofs’ long life reduces the need for re-roofing that clogs landfills unnecessarily.|
|Reflectivity||Independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated that tiles have the ability to cut the transfer of heat compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles by up to 70%.|
|Natural air flow||Natural air ventilation under the tile creates a heat transfer barrier that can provide the benefit of a cooler house in the summer and a warmer house in the winter.|
|Energy Cost Savings||Natural air flow described above keeps heating costs low in the winter and cooling costs low in the summer.|
|Ease of installation||Tile roofs are one of the simplest systems to install when using trained professionals. Installation and maintenance costs in the long run are much lower than other roofing materials.|
|Easy to maintain and repair||Less maintenance involved – tiles are easiest to repair because they are individually installed.|
|Independent industry testing||TRI sponsors and supports independent studies performed on seismic, wind, hail, fire and cold weather elements.|
|Installer Certification||Contractors go through a rigorous 1 day training program and are then tested on the proper, code approved methods of tile roof installation. Homeowners and builders can search the TRI web site for certified installers in their area to obtain knowledgeable roofers for re-roofing and new construction.|
Tile Roofing Benefits
Whether it is due to damage, old age, or a simple matter of changing style preferences, it is inevitable that you will one day need to replace your roof. When the time comes, you might find yourself overwhelmed with options. How do you know what roof is best for your budget, climate, and personal taste?
At PRQ Exteriors, one of our favorite types of roofing is tile roofing. Today the team will walk you through the many benefits of tile shingles to help you make an educated roofing decision.
Increase The Value Of Your Home
One of the major benefits of choosing a tile roof is the fact that they are aesthetically pleasing. Tile shingles come in a wide variety of styles and colors to match the exterior of any home. Because they are more customizable than other types of shingles, they often help to increase the value of your property.
Tile shingles are also extremely durable compared to other materials, this is especially important in a state like Colorado. Tile shingles are Class A fire resistant, built to withstand 150 MPH winds, and hold up well in hailstorms. Concrete and clay tiles can stand up to hailstones as large as 2 inches. Given Colorados severe weather threats, having a roof that you are confident in is important for peace of mind.
In addition to the durability and aesthetics of tile shingles, they are also incredibly environmentally friendly. Tile shingles do not use limited natural resources, nor do they use toxic chemicals. The are typically made from 100% recyclable material, meaning you don’t have to worry about your roof ending up in a landfill one day. Tile shingles also allow for a natural air flow in the home, thanks to ventilation under the tiles. This ventilation helps to naturally keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter, conserving energy and saving you money on heating and cooling.
Replacement of Individual Tiles
Other benefits of tile shingles include a lower cost than other materials and an ease of installation and maintenance. Because tile shingles are individually installed, if any are damaged you are able to replace just the necessary shingles, rather than replacing the entire roof prematurely. Contractors that work with tile shingles also must complete an intensive training program, followed by a test on the acceptable methods of tile shingle installation. This means that you can rest assured knowing your tile roofing will be installed correctly the first time. Be sure to double check your contractors credentials before signing any contracts.
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