Problems with Clay and Concrete Roof Tiles

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Tile is among the most common—and oldest—types of roofing material worldwide. Clay tile dates back to around 10,000 B.C. when archeologists say the Chinese first used tile roofs. Today, many older homes have clay and concrete tile roofs, but homeowners are increasingly turning to alternatives that are more affordable and easier to maintain.

Clay and concrete roof tiles have many benefits. They are among the longest-lasting tiles, capable of protecting a home for one hundred years. They also can withstand intense heat and salt air.

However, homeowners can face many tile roof problems if they don’t correctly install or maintain their roofs. An experienced contractor like Authentic Restoration of Hoover, AL can help fix issues with existing tile roofs or properly install a new tile roof. Alternative roofing materials are also available to give you the same look and durability of tile without the headaches of using clay and concrete.

Problems with Tile Roofs

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Concrete and clay tile remains a popular roofing material because of its longevity, durability, and unique look. The benefits of tile roofs include their ability to withstand intense storms, rot, mold, and insect damage. Clay, slate, and concrete tile are dense and heavy, which helps keep energy from escaping through the roof.

Although tile made with natural materials has its advantages, there are many problems with tile roofs. Let’s explore some common issues and how to address them.

Cost of a Traditional Tile Roof

Clay and slate tile are among the most expensive roofing materials. A traditional tile roof can cost three times more than an asphalt roof. Concrete tile is less expensive but comes with all the other problems associated with natural tile.

Complicated Installation

Tile roofs are difficult to install, and improper installation can introduce a host of problems. A contractor needs to be skilled in measuring and laying out the tile in a precise pattern to prevent leaks and other issues. If you choose a concrete or clay tile roof for your home, hire a contractor like Authentic Restoration with extensive experience installing natural tile roofs.

Heavy Weight of Tile

Concrete, slate, and clay tile are heavy, weighing about four times more than an asphalt roof. Before installing a tile roof, a contractor must ensure that your house can support its weight and might have to reinforce the structure of your home to support the roof.

Fragility of Tile

Natural tile is brittle and vulnerable to breaks. Falling tree branches—or even walking on the roof—can shatter natural tile. Repairing broken tiles can be expensive.

Not Right for All Roofs

Because of its heft, contractors recommend natural tile for roofs with sharp slopes. Although a pitched roof beautifully showcases the Old World charm of natural tile, it also adds another degree of difficulty for installation. Professionals recommend that roofs need a pitch of over 4:12 for a natural tile roof.

The professional builders at Authentic Restoration can address tile roof problems. Call 205-982-5252 for installation or repair help.

Alternatives to Clay and Concrete Tile

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In the 20th century, homeowners increasingly began choosing alternatives to clay and concrete tile. Modern roofing relies on lighter materials that are easier to install and maintain than clay and concrete tiles. For example, Authentic Restoration installs sturdy, lightweight composite tiles that recreate the look of clay and slate but without the problems of natural tile.

The experts at Authentic Restoration & Roofing of Hoover, AL have the expertise and skills to install or repair any roof. The team of builders and technicians will assess your roofing project and help you select the material that’s a perfect fit for your home’s look and needs. Call Authentic Restoration at 205-982-5252 to schedule a consultation today!