Tile roofs are one of the most durable residential roofing systems available today. A typical tile roof lasts for over 100 years. But how do tile roofs fare against the elements? In this blog, American Roofing, Inc. takes a look at how tile roofs stand up against common outdoor conditions.
Tile Roofs Vs. Fire
Concrete and clay tiles are inherently fire-resistant, and have proven to provide greater protection for homes near wildfires. A tile roof allows air circulation between the roof deck and tiles, thanks to the gaps under the tiles. This feature also helps reduce the heat from the sun that’s absorbed through the roof. Combined with a properly-insulated attic, only a small amount of heat would make it to your indoor space, which may help you save on your energy costs.
Tile Roofs Vs. Wind
Homes that happen to be located in the paths of storms, hurricanes and other forms of extreme winds can benefit from a tile roof. Tile roofs are one of the heaviest roofing materials available, which gives them better wind resistance than other roofing systems. The aforementioned gaps between tile and roof deck provide higher air permeability: wind simply passes through it. With proper attachment, tile roofing can resist winds as fast as 125 miles per hour, or the equivalent of a Category Three hurricane. Tile roofs tend to require less roof repair work compared to other roofing system types.
Tile Roofs Vs. Earthquakes
When installed according to code, clay and concrete tiles can meet or exceed current seismic load requirements for building materials. While earthquakes are not preventable, the damage caused by it can be reduced through proper building design and emergency planning.
Tile Roofs Vs. Hail
Hail damage is one of the most common reasons for filing insurance claims among homeowners who own asphalt shingle roofs. Tile roofs have better impact resistance, and has been tested to resist damage from simulated hailstones as large as 1.5 inches in diameter. Thanks to the gap between tile and roof deck, hail impact isn’t telegraphed to the roof deck, reducing the chances of punctures.
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