What Are the Different Types of Tile Roofs?

Tile roofs are some of the most durable and long-lasting roofs available. They, therefore, continue to be a popular roof option. In addition, these types of roofs offer a timeless style. Whether you are looking for a traditional Spanish or Mediterranean style tile roof or you prefer a more understated look, there are types of tiles available to meet the needs of a wide variety of consumers. 


Clay Tiles

Clay has been a popular roof choice for centuries because of its durability, vivid color, and resistance to fading. In the past, clay tiles were orange or red, and these continue to be great choices for those who want the traditional clay tile look. However, clay tiles now come in a variety of shapes and colors to fit any home style.


Concrete Tiles

You might know that concrete tiles are tough enough to handle traffic on your driveway and sidewalk, but do you know that they are an excellent option for roofs too? To make concrete tiles, Portland cement is mixed with water, sand, and colored dyes. The toughness of the mixture enables concrete tiles to withstand even hail and high winds with minimal damage.  They are even available in a Class 4 impact resistant option.


Slate Tiles

Manufactured from rock, slate tiles feature the same gorgeous variations and colors as natural rocks. The colors and patterns vary based on the mineral content and type of slate that is used. Roofs made using slate tiles are durable and very attractive. Synthetic roof tiles that mimic the appearance of natural slate are also available.


Composite Tiles

Today, manufacturers are taking the best features of numerous types of tiles and creating composite tiles. These can be made of plastic or other manufactured, sustainable materials. The biggest advantage of composite tiles is that they are much lighter than those made from clay or concrete. Durability can be similar, and many manufacturers offer warranties that cover the tiles for decades after installation.


Spanish Tiles

If you want a roof that is beautiful and eye-catching, it’s hard to beat the gorgeous Spanish tiles. These tiles have a unique ‘S’ shape and are installed in a ripple design across your roof. Like their name suggests, these tiles fit in especially well on homes with a Southwest or Spanish style.


Solar Tiles

An exciting innovation in roofing, solar tiles continue to increase in popularity as they are offered by more and more manufacturers. These tiles allow you to harness the power of the sun for green energy instead of mounting traditional solar panels to your roof.

Learning more about each type of tile is a great place to start when you’re thinking of the best roofing for your home. It helps to see photos or real-life samples of various tiles to gain a mental picture of what your new roof will look like. Your roofing specialist will help you select the type of tile that is right for your home and budget. Choose a roofing professional who is experienced, licensed, and fully insured to protect your investment and ensure that your new roof is installed correctly. If you’re in the Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins, Aurora, or Loveland area and in need of a roofing professional, contact us here!