Tile roofing, sometimes known as Barrel Tile, Mediterranean Tile, Spanish Tile, Italian Tile, Pantile, Pacific Tile and Double Roman, adds a timeless natural earth tone look to may roofs. Fired clay is the original material for this roofing material and has been used in roofing for centuries. Today this specialized look can be obtained through a variety of modern materials including polymer, concrete, stone coated steel and stamped steel. Most tile roofs in the US are manufactured out of concrete but Roofing Force is also a leader in clay tile roof installations. The following is a comparison of different tile roofing materials installed by Roofing Force. Our trained staff would be happy to discuss options with you.
Clay / Terracotta Tile:
Clay, sometimes called terracotta, roofs are on some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. Clay has an excellent 50+ year lifespan and is highly frost and fire-resistant. However, clay is generally regarded as being brittle and foot traffic should be held to a minimum, if at all. Clay can also be problematic in areas where large hailstones are common. Clay is also one of the heaviest and most expensive products on the market and may require additional structural framing. Roofing Force installs US Tile clay roofing products.
Composite polymer tile is an ideal clay tile alternative. This lightweight synthetic material looks nearly identical to real spanish tile and it has the most color options available. It has a 50+ year life span, is enviornmentally friendly and is very wind and hail resistant. Roofing Force installs Brava Roof Tile products. Learn More About Composite Polymer Roofing.
Stone Coated Steel Tile:
Stone coated steel tiles are less known in the market but offer terrific cost/benefit advantages over other materials. This metal core product has the look and other benefits of clay and concrete but without the added weight. Unified Steel (Boral/Gerard) roofing tiles are available in Barrel Vault (Spanish or Italian style) and Pacific Tile (Double Roman style) profiles. Stone coated metal has an excellent 50+ year lifespan and outstanding energy efficiencies. It is very fire, wind and ice dam resistant. Unlike clay and concrete, stone coated steel offers excellent hail resistance and provides added shear-strength against earthquakes. Parts of stone coated steel roofs can be walked upon with care. Stone coated steel is also less expensive than clay or concrete. Roofing Force installs Unified Steel, Decra, and Varitile stone coated steel tiles. Learn More About Stone Coated Steel Roofing.
Smooth Steel Barrel Tile:
Smooth steel barrel tiles have the same Mediterranean or Spanish tile look with none of the disadvantages associated with heavy and expensive clay tiles. Roofing Force is the exclusive installer of Future Roof Tile products in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. Future Roof products are painted with a special Alunar Coating System and have a smooth rather than textured look. All Future Roof roofing systems come standard with a Lifetime Limited Non-Prorated Transferable Warranty.
Concrete is the most popular and commonly used roofing tile that is used by those wanting the old-world look of clay tile but at a lighter weight and less expensive cost. Concrete has a great 50+ year lifespan, is very energy efficient and has excellent fire and freeze resistance. While generally stronger than clay, it can also be subject to breakage by large hailstones, and great caution should be used if it is walked upon. Roofing Force installs Newpoint (Boral) Roofing concrete roof tiles.