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popular roofing material. Although less prevalent in this country, they offer a number of performance and environmental benefits for homes located in every part of the U.S. With recent technological advances, they can be customized dozens of ways to suit just about every architectural style. As you work with your experienced Charleston roofing contractor to find the best roof system for your home, it's helpful to know a little about your tile options.

Most tile roofs fall within one of two categories: clay or concrete. Clay tiles are made from kiln-baked earthen clay, and concrete tiles are concocted from a mixture of sand, water and lime. Both are very functional, similar in cost and extremely durable.

In part, it's that durability that gives tile roofing its outstanding reputation for performance. Homeowners can expect a tile roof to last at least 50 to 75 years and beyond.

Their ability to weather extreme forces is also superb. Tiles are proven to withstand sustained winds of up to 130 miles per hour, they easily handle the impact of hail, and they are excellent at preventing damaging ice damming. Since tile roofs carry a Class A fire rating, homes with these systems usually earn discounts on insurance premiums.

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In addition to all of these stellar properties, tiles shed water easily, resist mildew and mold and do not rot in moist or humid climates.

They also earn high marks for ease of use and visual appeal. Most tile roofs only need regular maintenance on component flashing, vents and gutters. They are available in a broad array of shapes and sizes, and they can even replicate the look of slate and wood.

For environmentally conscious homeowners, tiles are a good choice. Air flows readily around tiles, allowing them to naturally dissipate heat and limit heat transfer. That stellar airflow leads to a cooler home in the summer and less energy consumption. Since tiles are mineral-based, non-toxic and made without chemical preservatives, they are easily recycled and re-used in other manufacturing projects.

In spite of these many advantages, there are a few issues to consider when choosing a tile roof for your home. First, most tile roof systems are very heavy. While most well-constructed homes can withstand this weight, older homes or residences with less-than-sturdy construction may need fortification to be able to carry the tile weight. Tile roofs are also more expensive to install than shingle roofs, and tile can be easily broken underfoot.

When selecting a new roof, consider your priorities and preferences carefully. Choosing a new roof for your home is always a tough decision, but knowing the benefits and drawbacks of your tile options can help clarify your decision.

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