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Why A Tile Roof Is Your Best Roofing Choice

Aug 20, 2008
The roof is one of the most important elements of your home. A good roof adds value and a poor roof has the opposite effect. You have many choices when it comes to roofing, but there is little doubt that a tile roof is one of the best.

For years, the standard roof for most homes was some type of wood shake shingle. As the quality of homes improved and the environment changed, people started noticing wood roofs were not such a good idea.

Burn, baby, burn. Even fire retardant wood shingles tend to spark up like a campfire when they dry out and are exposed to fire during hot summers. This has resulted in people giving other roofing materials a second look.

Tile roofing has been around for years, but has become much more popular in the last 20. Why is this? Well, tile roofing provides great protection from fire and lasts for a long time considering the cost of installing such a roof.

A tile roof is unique in that it is a part and parcel system. If there is a problem with one tile, it is simply replaced without having to tear up a chunk of the roofing. It is unheard of for tile roofs to fail in mass at the tile level.

Tiles are also a great choice for roofing when it comes to maintenance. Other roofs are easily damaged by sitting water, tree limbs and so on. This is not the case with a tile roof. Even if a problem arises, the repair is usually quick and cheap.

How reliable are tile roofs? Extremely. In fact, most manufacturers will guarantee them for no less than 40 years. For most people, this essentially means your roof is guaranteed longer than you are expected to live.

Your roof obviously has to protect you from rain, but what about fire? This is where tile roofing really stands out. Simply put, it really does not burn. In fact, many communities with fire problems now mandate tile roofing.

Most homes are built with roofs that are not intended to last as long as the home. If you are in such a home and your roof is failing, a tile roof is really your best option.
About the Author
Thomas Burrell is with 866FixMyRoof.com - a Riverside county roofer in Southern California.
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