Tile Roofs Pros and Cons
When choosing a tile roof, homeowners should keep in mind two simple facts: aesthetic and longevity.
While the technical aspect of the production is in the hands of the Tile Manufacturer, you still have the last word on how you want your roof to look like.
Keep in mind, that you can always ask your roofing contractor for guidance before making your final choice. Roof tiles can be ceramic (e.g., clay fired at a high temperature) or fabricated from cement concrete. Some of the lighter types use fibers added for strength. The color of a tile may be dispersed throughout the cement, or it may be applied in the form of a coating.
Perhaps the most famous type of tile is the Spanish style red barrel tile made from fired clay. The modern version of this tile is sometimes a cement tile with a suitable coating.
Roofing tiles are available in a wide range of colors; in a region like, here, in Florida a sun reflecting roof is a crucial asset.
Probably two of the biggest advantages of tile, is fire safety, as they are non-combustible, and durability. Also, tile roofs often have enhanced air circulation compared to other roofing types because ambient air can circulate below as well as above the tile.
Disadvantages include increased weight and cost compared with low-cost asphalt shingle roofs.