Tile roofing is an attractive and sturdy way to protect your Southern Florida home from the elements. Traditionally made of made of clay or slate (the resources locally available to builders), and now also manufactured from concrete or plastic, roofing tiles come in many shapes, sizes, colors and patterns. Besides keeping out the heavy rains, concrete and clay tile roofs are able to stand up to some of the worst weather; wind, hail, rain, earthquakes and even fire won’t really hurt a tiled roof. Here in Southern Florida, resistance to mother nature is a crucial characteristic of good building materials.
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Tile roofs are relatively easy to lay down, according to a professional roofing contractor, though time consuming and potentially dangerous to anyone not used to working on roofs. Hung from the roof’s framework and then nailed into place, roof tiles are normally hung in parallel, every row overlapping the next row down. Tile roofs date back to Roman times, and some of these ancient roofs are still standing; that’s how strong and weather-resistant clay tiles are. Clay and concrete tiles are manufactured in many kinds of shapes, finishes and colors, and can simulate other building materials; you’re sure to find something that fits your Floridian home. Since we do not have the same Meditterannean climate ancient Rome did, you can except your clay roof to last from fifty to one hundred years.
Another reason to like tile roofs is the ventilation they provide, inherent in their design. The spaces between the individual tiles provides natural ventilation that prevents heat from transferring from the surface of the tiles to the roof deck (which then moves right into the highest points in your home); the thermal barrier roof tiles create is an energy saver.
Finally, tile roofs just look good. Compared to asphalt or wooden shingles, waterproof glazed clay and concrete tiles hold up their original design much longer, and they’ve been a leading design element in South Florida for some time now. It looks good in sunshine or rain, and compliments our climate’s plant life as well.