Tile roofs have been around for centuries. It was first used in the 3rd millennium BC in Greece. The early roof tiles were made from clay and slate, which were the ready materials. Now, the modern ones are made from concrete and plastic.
There are several types of roof tiles. The flat tiles are the simplest of all and are laid in an overlapping fashion. Imbrex and tegula are designed to have Roman patterns, which are the combination of curves and flats to make a rain channel. Pantiles have S-shaped look, which makes it easy to hook together. It was famous in the 19th Century in the US and England. Antefixes, on the other hand are vertical blocks. There are also interlocking roof tiles that look like the pantile but have additional top locks. Mission or barrel tiles, on the other hand, have semi-cylindrical shape.
The Advantages of Tile Roofs
The roof tiles used by the Greeks in the 3rd millennium BC that were unearthed by archaeologist are still in good conditions. If the old tiles that were made using dated technology how much more these new ones made using modern methods. These roofs are said to last 50 years, but expect that it can last longer.
Roof tiles are beautiful. It has a certain flair that no other roofing materials can emulate. It gives the home a certain charm. The color of the tile can also be adjusted to match the exterior of the house. The beauty of the tiles is what draws the buyer first to it.
The tiles are non-combustible so it is safe against fires. It is in fact one of the most fire resistant roofing material available. It can prevent the house from catching fire if the neighbor’s house goes on fire or when wildfires spread.
Tile roofs are resistant from rotting and insect boring, which make it last longer, too.
The Disadvantages of Tile Roofs
Tile roofs are very heavy. This is the major drawback of the roofing. Because of this additional reinforcement should be made to support the weight of the roof. This could mean additional cost in hiring a structural engineer and for the additional support that needs to be installed.
Although the tile can last for very long, you cannot walk on it because it might break. For roof repairs, you would need to hire the service of a professional who knows how to walk over it without breaking it.
You do not have to replace the roof tile for a long time but the materials where it is laid need to be replaced every 20 years to prevent caving in.
Most of the roofing companies in Naples, Marco Island, Bonita Spring and Fort Myers are experts in installing tile roofs.