Everything You Need to Know About Tile Roof Installation

Concrete and clay tiles are a wonderful investment and can give your property much-needed curb appeal while also adding value and charm. They may be a fantastic long-term investment especially if your roof is on the verge of being replaced or repaired. You’ll get a Mediterranean design with clay tiles that makes them one of the most popular choices among homeowners!

It’s important when installing concrete and clay tiles to pick the right size and color variation, as well as the right installation method. For example, if your roof doesn’t have at least an 18.4-degree slope, clay tiles will likely not be the right choice for you. During installation, it will also be important to ensure the tile attachment to the roof deck is consistent to manufacturer specs.

Different types of tiles

There are several different types of roofing tiles available to choose from:

  • Concrete & clay – tiles made with red, brown, or white clay and can be either glazed or unglazed, and are fired in a coal or wood fired kiln.
  • Slate – Slate tiles are thin, rectangular sections of slate rock that come in varying sizes, thicknesses, and colors.

The process of installing roof tiles

All roof tiles require a Florida-certified underlayment, followed by metal flashing around roof obstacles such as chimneys, vents, and conduits. After installing the underlay, the tiles are positioned on the batten. Using a mechanical fastener, the tile is fastened, and each tile is laid similar. Polyfoam is then applied to give the tile extra support. Additional tiles are then installed across the inner end of each one placed before them.

It’s important to note that the process of installing roof tiles is generally more complicated than installing other types of roofing. Finding a roofer who is familiar with this type of installation is crucial if you choose to go this route in replacing your roof!

The pros of using clay and concrete roof tiles

  1. Variety of colors and styles suit many different types of homes.
  2. Repels rot, insects, and rodents.
  3. Leak-proof.
  4. Fire retardant.
  5. Stands up well to a wet, coastal climate.
  6. High wind resistance.

The pros of using slate roof tiles

There are several pros to using slate roof tiles on your roof.

  1. Since slate roofing tiles are a made of natural stone, they give your home and roof a unique appearance. If you’re going for a classy look, slate tiles are definitely the way to go.
  2. Slate tiles are environmentally friendly.
  3. There are a range of colors available for slate roof tiles, including red, purple, green, gray, black, and even multiple colors mixed together.
  4. Slate roof tiles last longer than most roofing materials on the market. While asphalt shingles generally need to be replaced every 15 to 20 years, slate roofs can last for 30-40 years.
  5. Slate roofing is fire retardant, protecting your home from things like fireworks or adjacent house fires.