What Is a Spanish Tile Roof?
Looking for a way to add some panache to your roof? A Spanish tile roof does the job thanks to a bold look that stands out against a sea of asphalt shingles.
Spanish tile isn't right for every roof, though. Explore this roofing option to see if it fits your home.
A Spanish tile roof is a clay or concrete, barrel-shaped roof tile covering. The tiles are uniformly created and traditionally come in a red clay color, although other colors are typically available. You'll often see these roofing tiles in the Southwest and some areas of Florida, such as St. Augustine, but you can have them installed on a home anywhere.
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Traditional Spanish roof tiles are made of clay. However, modern tiles are also made of concrete or synthetic materials. The specific material can affect the lifespan of the roofing as well as the weight. While these tiles can crack, the material they're made of makes them durable against threats like fire, pests and rotting.
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The appearance is an obvious difference between a Spanish tile roof and an asphalt roof. Asphalt shingles are flat with granules covering them. Spanish tiles add dimension to the roof with their barrel shape. The distinct style makes your home stand out. They shed water well, and they allow for greater air circulation than asphalt shingles.
However, Spanish tiles are much heavier than asphalt, and your roof might need structural reinforcements to handle the weight. They also cost a lot more than asphalt shingles. But the longer lifespan means you likely won't have to replace the roof again. Asphalt shingles work well with all styles of homes, while Spanish tile roofs often work best with southwestern or Mediterranean-style homes.
Spanish tile roofs can last 50 to 70 years or longer. Proper installation is necessary for tile roofs to last a long time. Proper maintenance and protection can also help extend the life of a Spanish tile roof. For example, walking on roof tiles can break them or affect the structural integrity, so it's important to work with experienced professionals when you need work done on or near your roof.
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