3 Things To Consider Before Switching To Clay Tile Roofing

Posted on: 24 March 2017

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Do you own a home that will need a new roof soon? Have you grown tired of the look of asphalt shingles, and you want to have a different type of roof installed? While this may be possible, there are still some things that should be taken into account before you start making any definite plans. If you're wanting to switch from asphalt to tile on your roof, here are a few of those things:

Weight: If you've ever held an asphalt shingle or two, they're not exactly lightweight. But, perhaps somewhat obviously, tile roofing is even heavier. It's almost certain that your current roof won't be able to hold the hundreds or thousands of extra pounds necessary for a tile roof. Things may look okay at first, but then your roof will start to sag and collapse, damaging the rest of your home. In order to install clay tiles on a roof that has never had them before, you'll need to have a new, stronger sub-roof installed to carry the additional weight. This should be something that your local building code requires, so a good roofer isn't going to let it slide if your current sub-roof is not strong enough to hold the weight of so many tiles.

Cost: Unfortunately, switching to tile roofing can initially be more expensive than just continuing to use asphalt shingles. Roofing tile costs more per square foot and can be more difficult to install, bringing the final bill up even more. However, it can also be much more durable than asphalt shingles. While they won't last forever, a properly installed and maintained tile roof may only need to be replaced once in the same time period that an asphalt roof would need to be replaced two or three times. As a result, the annual cost of having a tile roof can be significantly lower than the annual cost of having one comprised of asphalt shingles.

Zoning regulations: In addition to regulations regarding adding additional weight to your roof, you may have other local regulations to consider. If you live in a historical section of town, city zoning regulations may prohibit all but just a couple specific roofing types. Some homeowners associations may even go so far as to tell you something like you can only use beige or white asphalt tiles or else you will be fined by the HOA itself. Although your roofing company might not be able to tell you offhand whether you'll be able to legally install tile roofing, they should still know how to find out.

To learn more about tile roofing, contact a company like Amick Roofing Inc.