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Tile Roofing Buyers Guide

Are you needing to replace your roof and trying to figure out what’s the best roofing materials to use would be? We have done a lot of the work for you by scouring some of the best blogs and YouTube videos about various types of tile & slate roofing materials. There is no denying that metal roofing has advantages over natural tile roof tiles for longevity, but at the Stone cutter’s Journal, we are obsessed with aesthetics – so that’s what I want to discuss. The natural beauty of slate or tile roof materials. Here’s what you can expect to learn in this comprehensive guide that we have created specifically for homeowners that are replacing or repairing their roof.

Local-Stone-Roofing-Tiles-by-Black-Mountain-QuarriesWe will then go into some detail specifically about the roofing type and topic in regards to the installation of the roofing material. Pros and cons of each product and the potential lifespan and durability of that product. Another topic that we will discuss is specific styles of homes and the types of roofs that aesthetically fit in. One of the most important details is how to save money on your roof. Is it replacing this roof and it’s not an insurance claim do you want to do your best to make sure if paying out-of-pocket you’re getting the exact options colors and performance you want.

Tile Roofing

One of my favorite roofing styles to research was the tile roofing material because of the obvious appeal it has and it’s well known in the Austin area as a staple roofing product that just says Austin Texas. It’s almost synonymous with the name and the location of Texas. I think it’s because of the earthy clay baked-in look and the almost Adobe-looking feel that matches our culture in the area.

Reclaimed-Yorkstone-Roof-SlatesI found out that there are some clay tile roofs that have lasted for well over a hundred years period of course these are in areas that have been lucky enough to not have to suffer hail damage. There have been some innovations on traditional clay tile roofing by adding other products into the mixture like lightweight concrete and even a fiber material that acts very much like the fiberglass asphalt shingle giving it more durability and strength.

I learned that you can expect at least 50 years of this roof easily. Again the only thing I add to that would be with the exception of a monster hailstorm these will last a very long time. And some cases hail damage did destroy these roofs, not because of the innovations that have happened in roofing but because traditional clay tiles have a difficult time withstanding instant temperature drops. In the case of 2016 the clay tiles that were damaged the most experienced quick changes in temperature. The day most of the damage was done the temperature was extremely hot and then dropped significantly making the clay tiles very brittle. One advantage of clay tiles is the ventilation that is built right into the tile. Much like the Adobe style roofing or Adobe style homes the thickness of the Adobe clay is what gives it its breathability.

Sandstone Roofing Tiles by Black Mountain QuarriesBecause of its durability and rich aesthetics, this has been one of the reasons this tile has been chosen time and again to represent class and elegance. I love the fact that it’s completely recycled and it looks really great and gives a contemporary home on the Mediterranean look that is very impressive from the curb. Potential homeowners know exactly an upscale home when they see this style of roofing.

After doing a lot of research I did find a few things that could be potential disadvantages to tile roofing The first and most evident thing is cost. Tile roofing is typically much more expensive per square foot than an asphalt organic shingle or a fiberglass asphalt shingle. Also, this is definitely not a do-it-yourself-style roof because of the installation process involved.

Architecturally your home needs to be rated for the weight that this roof is. The weight of the roof could preclude a newer home that’s not designed for a tile roof to be used.

Overall I have to say it’s still one of my favorite style roofs because of some of the innovations that have been made and roofing materials as I mentioned the lighter weight concrete clay-style tiles reinforced with fiberglass can be extremely durable and used for many years.

Terracotta Tile Roofing

One of my favorite types of roofs in the Austin area is the iconic terracotta tile roof. This roof can be in some cases very simple to repair but also without the right tools or knowledge it can be very difficult and frustrating to repair. This is a superior roof that I really have a lot of love for and when diagnosing what’s wrong with this roof it’s more important to try to do a ground inspection first than it is to get right up on the roof and start walking around on it.

Clay Roof

Clay Roof Tiles

Why? Well, terracotta tile roofs are very easily damaged by foot traffic. I’ve seen people do roof inspections before and walk on roofs and create more damage than was on the roof before. walking on the terracotta tile incorrectly is very easy to do and with that walking, on the terracotta tile, you can easily damage and create more roof repair needs that you didn’t have prior to walking on it.

One of the best ideas that I have seen is roofing contractors using aerial drones to do roof inspections. This is a great tool that can be used to identify and diagnose many problems especially with a 4K camera that actually sees better than the human eye.

SandtoftWhen it comes to tile roof repairs I have seen several roof repairs done over the years and what I will say is most roof repairs are between 500 and The Moon. Meaning an average roof repair that I have seen in the Austin area is typically $500 on the low and all the way to a total loss of a roof which again could be advantageous for a homeowner if it is directly tied to a storm or damage that the area has had recently within the last year.

The reason I think getting a roof repair done from a reputable tile roofing company is important is simply that there are many different types of tiles on the market and having a reputable roofing contractor that has access to the many different styles to end up saving you a lot of time.

From the ground, I know most styles seem to all look the same but there are many varieties and many types of tile roofs and in some cases replacing old tiles that are no longer made requires that roof repair contractor to call upon people in his industry to know where overstock could be in order to give that roof the right look. Having a tile that is not the right color stands out like Rudolph the Red-Nosed reindeer’s nose.

Slate Roofing

Next, let’s do some research on slate roofing. I did a lot of research trying to figure out what are the advantages and disadvantages of slate roofing. slate roofing can be seen on extremely high and buildings and it is truly a lifetime roof. Throughout my research, I found many churches and high-end municipalities that chose this as a style. East coast predominantly is where I found a lot more of this slate-style roofing being used. Similar style buildings that use copper-like institutions or high-end specialty homes are where I found slate roofing to be used. again it’s important to note that genuine slate is really the lifetime roof. There are different types of slate there is composite slate which is essentially a plastic slate roof this is a very good roof because it is a roof that can be recycled easily. What I read about should additional or natural slate roofing products is it has a low impact from a manufacturing standpoint because it is a natural product found in nature already. As someone that is concerned about leading less of an impact behind this is something that is a huge advantage if you have the money upfront to install it.

Slate Roof

Slate Roof Tiles

This is what would be considered a true green roof period because of its cradle the grave ability to be less impactful on the environment on the front end and on the back end.

One of the drawbacks that I found about this particular roofing material was the fact that it is one of the heaviest roofing products that are on the market. 100 square feet which is a 10 foot by 10-foot area could weigh 1500 pounds so a home or framing support is going to have to be extremely strong and even bulked up or made for the performance of these stylish shingles beforehand.

The other thing to consider is this is not a do-it-yourselfer project. Slate is very finicky when it comes to installation and it likes roofers that know what they’re doing.

When it comes to finding the right roofer for a slate roofing installation giving due diligence and finding an expert in this product is the only advice I can stress more than anything.

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