The Pros and Cons of Flat and Shaped Roof Tiles
There's no doubt that you have more choices in your roofing material now than ever before. When it comes to the safety of your roof, home, and family, only the absolute best should be considered. Shaped and flat roofing tiles are often considered some of the best choices in roofing material because of their versatility, strength, and ability to last longer than most other roofing materials. They can also be frost resistant and salt-safe, making them perfect for a city on the Gulf like Corpus Christi. If you've chosen to use tiles as your new roofing material, the next choice you have to make is whether to use shaped or flat tile. There are pros and cons to both and because we at Roofing Corpus Christi want you to be happy with your new roof and living with the knowledge that you made the best decision about your roofing material, we've given you the pros and cons of both options. Please take all of these into consideration and and know that when you hire us to replace your roof, we will happily guide you through this process and be available for any questions you might have.
Flat roof tiles verses Shaped Roof Tiles - Shared Pros and Cons
While there are enough differences between flat and shaped roof tiles to give them each their own pros and cons, it should be noted that both do share some similarities.
1. Flexibility of Design - Roofing tiles can be used on a wide range of architectural styles. They are available in a wide range of colors with the purpose of enhancing the aesthetic of any home design.
2. Effective Against Harsh Weather - Both flat and shaped roof tiles are made to withstand extreme elements. Most roof tiles are salt-safe, frost resistant, fire resistant, and more durable than any other roofing material. Please ask us about this upon choosing tile roofing for your home.
3. Low Maintenance - Roofing tiles don't corrode, rust, or fade in color. If a repair is needed, only the individually damaged tile will need to be replaced. This is very different than metal roofing, where entire sheets need to be reinstalled if only a small repair is needed.
4. Energy Efficiency and Insulation - Roofing tiles are very effective in making your home comfortable during the winter and summer months. Especially in south Texas where the heat can be unbearable, flat or shaped tiles can make your home the best place to be for comfort. Because of their ability to regulate a home's temperature, they are considered energy efficient.
5. Long life span - You can expect around 50 years of life from most roofing tiles. As with anything else, please ask us about this when considering tile roofing as an option for your home.
1. Roof Slope Limitations - One of the best ways to eliminate tile as the material for your roof is to find out from a professional roofing contractor if it will be compatible with the slope and architectural design of your home. Roof tiles are not recommended for for use on a roof with a slope below a certain ratio (4:12), although alterations can sometimes be made to a roof to accommodate them.
2. Weight - Another way to find out if tile will be right for your roof is to ask a professional roofing contractor if your home will be able to sustain the weight of a tile roof. Concrete roof tiles are the heaviest and strongest on the marketing, making them too much of a burden for some homes to carry.
The One True Difference
In all actuality, there is only one true difference between shaped and flat tiles - style. The profile of both types have their own benefits to the aesthetic and appeal of your home. Flat roof tiles tend to bring an element of crispness that favors the more modern designs, and shaped roof tiles tend to be commonly preferred for us on traditional style homes.
All things being considered, the only real difference between flat and shaped roofing tiles is the homeowners preference of aesthetic appeal.
If you're considering tile for your new roof, please give us a call so that we can answer any of your questions and schedule a time that works for you to give you a free, no obligation estimate!