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Why choose tile roofing for your home?

Tile Roof System Components

Tile is one of the most attractive and durable materials you can use on your roof. When properly installed, tile roofs can last for decades: up to 30 or 40 years! When compared to the longevity of asphalt shingle and other materials, it’s no wonder that tile is considered to be one of the strongest and most weather-resistant materials you can choose.

Because tile roofing costs more to install than other types of roof, it’s important to choose a contractor who will treat you fairly and honestly. With decades of experience serving the local area, Axis Roofing and Remodeling has built a reputation founded on integrity. We deliver the quality you expect at the price you expect. Throughout the job we will communicate openly and prioritize quality in every step.

If you’re interested in installing a tile roof on your home or property, you’ve come to the right place! At Axis Roofing and Remodeling, we can help repair and replace roofs all across Phoenix including Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, and beyond. To get started, contact us today!

Types of Tile Roofing Products

  • Concrete Tile S-profile, flat, or Villa shaped. This can work with almost any style of home. It comes in all kinds of colors and styles, is low maintenance and very durable. This product is heavy and the roof deck must be engineered properly to handle the weight. The tile itself has a life span of 30 – 50 years however the underlayment life expectancy is between 15 – 22 years depending on the type of underlayment installed.
  • Clay Tile Mission or barrel tiles – semi-cylindrical tiles laid in alternating columns of convex and concave tiles. Originally they were made by forming clay around a curved surface, often a log or the maker’s thigh. Today barrel tiles are mass-produced from clay, metal, concrete or plastic.
  • Light Weight Tile S-Profiles and Flat Lightweight 720 lbs. profiles are a fraction of the weight of conventional roof tiles. Just because they are lighter doesn’t mean that they are any less durable than our conventional concrete roof tiles. Lightweight products are beautiful, enduring and sustainable, making them a sound investment.

What are the advantages of a concrete tile roof?

  • A concrete tile roof can be a great roofing system if installed properly and professionally. Quality underlayment and routine maintenance is the key to your concrete tile roof and its longevity. Your tile roof should last 30 to 40 years when installed to industry standards.
  • Concrete tile roofs are longer-lasting than most roofing systems.

  • Concrete tiles are more aesthetically pleasing than the typical shingle and modified roofing systems.
  • Concrete tile provides a fire rating, which could reduce your insurance costs.
  • Concrete tiles can reduce noise into the home; they also hold up very well against outside elements.
  • Concrete tile roofs tend to have lower maintenance costs than other traditional roofing systems.

What are typical concerns or problems with concrete tile roofs?

  • Tile roofs tend to be heavier than traditional asphalt shingle roofs; many homes are not designed to carry the extra weight. You will need the approval of a structural engineer before installing a tile roof on your home.
  • Tile roofs tend to be more expensive than other roofing materials.
  • Improper layout of the concrete tiles can lead to various problems.
  • Improper reveal of the concrete tiles exposes nail heads.
  • Concrete tiles can crack if anyone walks on them incorrectly, allowing water to enter under the tiles.
  • Metal valleys can be installed incorrectly directing water under the concrete tiles.
  • Poor quality and incorrect installation of underlayment.
  • Batten system for the concrete tiles not correctly installed or fastened properly.
  • Closure strips at ridges and hips not installed allowing debris under the concrete tiles.
  • Pipe and T-Stack flashings not installed correctly.
  • No vents or o’hagin vents installed for proper attic ventilation.
  • Concrete tile roofs should be inspected annually to eliminate expensive repairs.

How do you repair concrete tile roofs?

Concrete tiles are typically, by roofing standards, only nailed three rows up from the eaves, three rows down from the ridge, and in from the edges and/or gable rake ends. All other tiles are floating – that is, they simply interlock and sit on the batten system for proper support. Keeping this in mind will determine how cracked or damaged tiles can be removed and replaced.

The most difficult aspect of replacing concrete tiles is matching a replacement tile to your existing roof tiles. Over the years, roofing tiles will fade and discolor, making it very difficult to match the tiles. In most cases the replacement tiles should be grouped together in a non-conspicuous area of the roof and the older tiles pulled to be used in the noticeable repair areas. Sometimes it even makes sense to paint the new tiles for a closer match to the existing tiles. Keep in mind most tile repairs will never be a perfect match unless your tiles are fairly new. Note: If you can, it’s always a good idea to keep extra tiles on hand for future repairs.

If you’ve noticed your tile roof is in need of a repair, waiting is one of the last things you should do. Often times, with roofs of any materials, visible damage may only be a fraction of the actual structural damage. Waiting can make matters worse. With this in mind, it’s important to get in contact with a trusted roofing company like us to properly inspect & repair your roof.

How much do tile roofs cost?

The cost of tile roofs varies depending on whether it’s a complete new tile roof, including the purchase of tile, or just what we call a tile remove and replace with new underlayment. Other factors that influence the price include type of underlayment, type of batten system and metal details and flashings. Also, not discussed much here in this section are the different types of tiles, such as clay tiles, mortar-set tiles and others that will increase the cost of repairs and installations. Call Axis Roofing and we will be happy to give you options at a great price.

Photos of Concrete Tile Roofs and Some Common Defects

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