If there were one simple and perfect solution for every homeowner, there would only be one product option! But each tile material has its own unique benefits that appeal to one homeowner or another. For example, concrete and clay tiles can crack if they’re hit with enough force. Stone coated steel can sustain cosmetic damage while maintaining its structure and protective qualities. It’s important to note that many insurance policies won’t cover cosmetic damage without additional riders to the policy. If you are considering stone coated steel, be sure to verify cosmetic damage coverage if that is important to you.
Here are some important characteristics to consider when evaluating your next roof:
- Weight: Concrete tile is heavier than clay, and both will generally require structural reinforcement to the roof if the home is converting from asphalt shingles. Stone coated steel, however, is lighter than concrete and clay, and can typically be installed without requiring additional reinforcement. Concrete tile is also succepitble to absorbing water, which can add to the weight load during wet seasons.
- Aesthetic: Steel roof tiles come in a wide variety of designs and colors, offering homeowners the appearance of traditional shake or slate and can fit the architectural style of nearly any home.
- Protection: The climate and weather patterns in Colorado bring three primary concerns when evaluating a new roof: Hail, and Fire. Tile roofs offer the best protection for these risk factors.
- Wind: Properly installed tile roofs can sustain winds upwards of 150mph.
- Ice dams: The space between the tiles and the roof deck provides a more consistent temperature of the entire roof, which reduces the melt & freeze processes that causes ice dams.
To appreciate all the benefites of a tile roof, we highly recommend hiring a local certified roofing company for a proper installation. Tile roof installation is very technical, and poor quality workmanship will cost a homeowner significantly more in the long term.