What You Need to Know about Tile Roofing

Tile roofing is elegant and part of the traditional Mediterranean design. Beautiful tile roofs are found on homes and multi-family residences throughout South Florida. Tile roofs complement the Spanish and mission style architecture found in this area.

Tile roofs can last for 50 years with very little maintenance. They are coated with a water barrier that helps to ensure longevity.

The advantages of tile roofing include:

  • Longevity
  • Easy maintenance
  • Fire resistance
  • Water resistance
  • Energy savings

Tile materials

Traditional curved tiles were made of clay that offered the red-orange or terra cotta color. Tiles are still made of clay although concrete and composite materials are also used. These tiles offer an extensive selection of colors.

Concrete tiles are made from cement, sand and lime mixed with a fiber material for strength. They can be formed into different shapes that resemble flat shingles or curved tiles. They are durable and can withstand heavy rains and winds. Colors can be customized to complement different architectural styles. Composite tiles are heavier and they are often used for condominiums and apartments.

Clay tiles can last for centuries. This is evident with historic buildings that have clay roofs intact after 100 years or more. The material is heavy clay from the ground that is molded into the curved shape tiles that are baked in a kiln. Moisture is removed and the tiles can be glazed and baked a second time.

Clay tiles can crack in extended freezing weather. Concrete composite tiles are more durable. Freezing weather is generally not a problem in tropical South Florida.


Tile roofs need a soft washing occasionally to eliminate dirt and debris. Leaves, seeds and other debris can collect under the eaves of a tile roof. Clay tiles do not fade, while some composite tiles do experience sun damage. Broken or cracked tiles require replacement.

A tile roof should be inspected after a heavy wind storm and damaged tiles should be replaced. A water resistant solution can be applied after a heavy storm.


Contact A-1 Property Services for more information on tile roofing for your home. We will explain the benefits of tile and why it will add value to your home.

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