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The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Spanish Tile Roofs

by Harvie Simms

Spanish tile roofs are a unique roofing choice that provides a stylized aesthetic to your home. However, beyond the simple appearance-based benefits, Spanish tile roofing provides a number of practical benefits to your home. Understanding what Spanish tile roofing has to offer can help you decide whether or not it is the right fit for your home.

The Advantages of Spanish Tile Roofs

Insulation: Spanish tiles are made out of clay, which is naturally reflective. This means that it will reflect sunlight away from your roof, helping to keep your home cool in the summer months. This can help cut down on your energy bills in the summer without having to sacrifice the comfort of a cool home.

Durability: Spanish tiles are extremely durable, as baked clay is similar in composition to brick. This means that Spanish tile roofs can withstand a great deal of abuse without breaking, which cuts down on long-term repair and replacement costs and makes the likelihood of a tile breaking and letting water into your home very low. According to bobvila.com, Spanish tiles can last for a century without having to be repaired or replaced.

Resistance: Spanish tile roofs are naturally immune from water damage and will not warp or split like wooden roofing materials will due to prolonged exposure to water. Additionally, Spanish tile roofs are immune to rot and rust damage and will not burn in the event of a fire.

The Disadvantages of Spanish Tile Roofs

Weight: Spanish tile roofs are extremely heavy, which means that not all roofs can support their weight. Check with a building specialist to see if you need to add structural supports to hold up the roof. These, unfortunately, can add a significant expense.

Installation: Due to the weight of Spanish tiles, the installation is fairly complex, and will take a longer time when compared to lighter roofing materials. This can increase your initial installation expenses, which may not be affordable for some homeowners.

Customization: While they provide a unique look to your home, because they are made out of clay, Spanish tile roofs only come in a limited range of colors, usually earthy browns, reds, and oranges. This means that you won't be able to customize the appearance of your roof beyond a certain degree, which can be a major downside if the rest of your house doesn't match the natural aesthetic.

Contact a professional roofing contractor, like Unruh Seamless Guttering LLC, for more information to see if a Spanish tile roof is right for you.