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5 Tile Roofing FAQs

Tile roofing is a beautiful addition to any structure.  Full of rich heritage and a very striking appearance, it is one of the most popular roofing systems in Florida.

1. Can I install a tile roof myself?

Absolutely – with training. Unlike other roofing options, a tile roof is permanent and has the potential to outlast the home it covers. Unfortunately for the DIY-minded, the individual tiles are prone to cracking when they are installed improperly or are stepped on. For a tile roof especially, watertight top flashing plays an integral role in keeping your home protected from the elements. Tiles must also be properly cut to fit tight spots and irregular areas. To get the best possible results from your tile roof – and a valuable warranty – call a professional installer in Naples take care of the job for you.

2. Are tile roofs difficult to maintain?

Many roofing materials require periodic coating, painting, cleaning, or sealing. Fortunately, the tiles on your roof will need very little maintenance. The periodic cracked tile can be easily replaced by a professional. Other key areas of the roofing system including gutters, venting, and flashing around any protrusions will need to be periodically checked and repairs made to keep the rest of your roofing system in good condition.

3. Are tile roofs friendly to the environment?

In a word: absolutely. Not only are concrete and clay tiles produced without any chemical preservatives or nonrenewable resources, they are also completely recyclable. A tile roof can also keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter so you can use less energy to keep your home comfortable. Translation: a properly installed tile roof is friendly to both your wallet and the environment.

4. Are tile roofs fire safe?

Tiles made from concrete and clay have a Class A fire rating. They are non-combustible (will not catch fire or burn). Tiles maintain this rating throughout their lifetime and do not require any additional treatments to remain fireproof.  Check with your insurance company if you have one of these roofs: tile roofs with a Class A fire rating may be eligible for lower insurance premiums.

5. Are tile roofs safe for hurricane-affected areas?

A tile roofing system is one of the most durable solutions for regions that are affected by high-wind weather. In fact, tile roofing systems have been tested to ensure performance in winds of up to 125 miles per hour. The weight and composition of the roof make it one of the best choices for homeowners in the Naples area.

For more information on the benefits of tile roofing, please contact Kelly Roofing today.

Original article published: June 14, 2014
Information updated: June 16, 2015