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Tile roofing has long been considered a popular method when installing a new roof to your home because of its aesthetic appeal. Most importantly, a tile roof is great for insulation and protection against the elements which include strong winds, inclement weather, fires, and earthquakes.
Before deciding to install a tile roof, however, keep in mind that there are two types of tile: asphalt and concrete. The problem with asphalt tile is that bad weather can damage them and replacing them is expensive. Also, you may not be able to find an exact match with the tiles that are on the roof.
Concrete tiles, which are made of cement and sand, are not only more durable against the elements but can also withstand pressure from applied weight. They are strong enough that you can walk across your roof without causing damage.
While it is generally considered advisable to hire a professional roofer to install a tile roof, it’s useful to understand how the tiles are laid out so in case you may need to replace a missing or damaged tile yourself. It’s advised that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions before replacing a tile. Remember that tiles need to overlap each other to guard against water or snow. A tiled roof that is well maintained can last up to 50 years!