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The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.


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What Types Of Tile Roofs Are Available For My Home?

Lori Silva

Traditional roofs are made using wood or asphalt shingles. However, some homeowners prefer the look of a tile roof, love how tiles are able to keep water out of their homes, and enjoy the fact that a tile roof can last a very long time. Some of the most durable tile roofs have lasted hundreds of years. Fortunately, there are many tile options to choose from. 


Clay roofs are among the oldest types of roofing materials. While old clay tiles were handcrafted, modern clay tiles are built using machines. They are effective at stopping moisture because they are sealed by a special coating.


Slate tiles are made from natural stone. They are considered a very gorgeous option because of the natural color variations of the individual tiles. They are some of the classiest roof tiles you can install on your home. However, they must be installed on a building that is capable of supporting the roof.

If you don't like how heavy slate roofs are, one option is to instead install synthetic slate roofs. These have the look of slate but are not as heavy and also do not break as easily. Therefore, you won't be constantly replacing tiles. 


There are many other types of synthetic roof tiles to choose from. Composite slate tiles consist both of natural and manmade materials. They are able to replicate the look of a particular material while also providing you with color options that would not be available with the original material. 

Cedar Shake

If you like the look of real cedar shakes, but don't like how they look, a synthetic cedar shake tile can be one way to go. Unlike with wooden shingles, synthetic wood tiles do not hold as much water. Therefore, you won't have to worry about the shingles warping or cracking. Because they are lightweight, they are easy to install.


Depending on where you live, durability might be your chief concern. Your metal roof can be made out of steel, copper, aluminum, or zinc. Steel and aluminum tend to be viewed as the most practical. The best option will be based on whether you live near a coastal area and the amount of moisture that your roof will be exposed to. While durable, the dents that can form on a metal roof can be more difficult to repair. Also, metal tiled roofs are more difficult to walk on. Therefore, a roofer specialized in tile roofs might recommend other options as well,

Contact a local tile roofing service to learn more.