A tile roof can make a beautiful addition to any home, from Southern California to Central Florida. If you’re looking for a new tile roof installation – or a roof repair to your old roofing, you may be wondering about the following:
- roof tile costs
- the installation process for roof tiles in Florida
- how to find the best roofing contractor in your area for roof tiles
Before diving into those questions, let’s start by explaining what makes a tile roof special. In addition to its unique look and curb appeal, tiles can last between 50 and 100 years. This longevity is part of what makes them one of the most durable options in the roofing market.
What is a tile roof exactly?
When you think of a tile roof, you may be surprised to learn that many options fit into this category, including clay tiles, concrete roofing tiles, and slate tiles. All of these materials are formed into tile products and have a lifespan much longer than a traditional asphalt roof. We have written about different types of tile roofs available in the market today, including concrete tile roof, clay tile roofing, ceramic tile roof and many other options.
If you think a tile roof is right for you, you may be wondering about the installation process. Keep reading to learn about installation and these unique roofs.
Can I tile my own roof? If so, how do I do it?
Technically, the answer is yes – you can tile your own roof. The better question is whether it makes sense for you to DIY a tile installation.
Before you get started, you’ll need to assess the suitable roofing material for your home. Tile roofing is a very heavy material, and not every home or office is built to withstand the weight. While a square foot of asphalt shingles may come in at approximately three pounds, the same tile area will be closer to ten pounds. That’s a big weight difference! A qualified roofing contractor can help you determine if roof tile is an option that will work for you.
Next, you’ll need to choose the roofing materials you wish to install. The style of your home and particular budget can help you determine what’s best. You can choose from options like concrete tiles, slate tiles, or even a clay tile roof.
Finally, you’ll need the additional roofing materials to get started with your tile installation. This will include everything from a sturdy ladder to the correct underlayment, mortar, nails, sealant, ridge tiles, and the clay or other tile of your choice.
Once you’re ready, you’ll need to lay out a plan. In most cases, our customers have an existing roof, so plan to remove the roof on your home before installing the new roofing.
Here in Florida, weather can change on a dime, so it’s best to plan ahead and remove your old roofing (and install the new) when rain is not in the forecast. If you pull the old roofing off and storms move in, you’ll face roof leaks and potential damage to your home. This is one of the reasons we recommend working with professional roofers who have all of the tools and materials to protect your home no matter what happens.
Once the old roof is removed, your new roofing can be installed. The durability is one of the great benefits of a tile roof, but proper installation is the one thing that can ensure a long life. The more you know about the type of materials you’ll be using and the manufacturer’s installation guidelines, the better. You’ll need to install a specific type of underlayment, followed by the tile installation itself. Keep in mind that your roofing structure may need reinforcing before you get started and that you’ll likely need a way to work around various obstacles like vents, skylights, flashing, etc.
Tile roofing, whether concrete or clay tile, doesn’t allow for much flexibility. It’s part of their beauty and what can make a tile roof repair or new installation difficult. There are many areas on a roof that need to be accounted for, so check for these areas before you begin your tile roofing project.
When tiling a roof, where do you start?
When it comes to a tile repair or new roof tile project, we recommend homeowners start with a reputable roofing company.
Even if you are on the edge and considering installing a new roof yourself, it is critical to have an inspection completed by an expert before you begin. At Allstate, our professional roofers know how to spot a problem, assess the right roofing options for our customers and complete an expert installation. We want to ensure that you get the full value from your roofing investment. Homes are one of the most significant investments we make in our lives, so take the time to get expert advice before you get started.
Click here to schedule your free, no-cost, no-obligation inspection on our website. We’ll assess your existing roof, layer by layer, and discuss the possibility of repairs or replacement. Your inspection report will help you get the information you need to make the best installation decision for your home. And you can put our report to good use, whether or not you choose us to help with your tile roofing.
What is the labor cost for tile roof installation?
If you’re curious about the cost, you can start with a quote calculator to get a rough idea. Typically, labor costs run on average around $15 per square foot. But, the exact cost will depend on your homes specifics, labor costs in your local areas, the materials you choose, and more.
If you’re looking for a quote in Central Florida and beyond, contact our team. We can give you a quote for clay tiles, concrete tiles, and other tile roofing options.
How do I find a professional roofer for my tile roof?
The key to finding a professional roofer is to do your research and find someone with experience. We recommend starting with an online search. You can get a list of roofing contractors in your area by searching “tile roofing company” or “professional roofing company.” Once you have a list, choose the roofers you want to reach out to (or do a little more research on).
When choosing a roofer for your home, look for a professional business website, online reviews from past homeowners, and someone with expert tile roofing knowledge. During your search, you can also check business organizations, like the Better Business Bureau, to find recommendations – or possible complaints.
Once you find the best companies with experience in your area, give one or more of those businesses a call. Ask about their installation process and schedule an inspection. Most professional companies will have an option for a free assessment.
At Allstate, our free inspections include a roofing expert coming to your home. They look at your existing roof and conduct a complete analysis that you can use to make a decision about your tile roofing project.
Our professionals can also answer questions about roof repairs, cleaning, and replacement. If you need a new roof (or roof cleaning and repairs), we’ll provide a complete estimate, taking into account the size and structure of your roof. We’ll also compare products, such as concrete, clay tile products, and more, depending on what you have and what tiles you want.
We have the experience to complete a tile roof repair throughout Florida or install a new clay roof or concrete roof.
How do I get started with tile roofs in Florida?
If you’re interested in a professional roofing company in Naples, Florida and beyond, our team is happy to help. We have the experience to install any roofing tiles – and use these unique products. We assist our customers in choosing tiles that fit their style and add beauty to their existing Florida homes.
Tile roofs can be a way to express your style and add more value to your property. If you’re in the Florida area, give us a call or schedule your free tile roof repair or replacement inspection.