Close-up of roof tiles on bright sun

While tiled roofs are heavy duty and can add a lot of value and beauty to your home, there are a lot of things to consider when purchasing tile roofing. Tiled roofing is made from slate or clay and they are very heavy. They also come in a variety of shapes such as interlocking, curved, flat and other styles.

To start, it can be very expensive, but when you consider that most tiled roofs have a life expectancy of 100 years, you can rest confidently that they will last a lifetime or two. So why would people choose tiled roofing?

The primary reason is mostly in regards to the elements that the house is subjected to. Most of the time you’ll find tiled roofs in very hot climates like Arizona, Florida, south Georgia, and other very humid areas that are prone to heavy downpours and will take a huge beating from the sun.

As mentioned, they are also very heavy, so you need to make sure that your roofing system can support the weight of a lot of this type of roofing. It’s an assessment that the professionals of Prodigy Roofing will be able to make do for you to make sure that you get the most out of your investment.


  • Tile roofing can last over 100 years. Many manufacturers offer a 50 year warranty. Check with the Prodigy Roofing professionals.
  • They are a low manitenance type of roofing because they typically never leak
  • They are friendly to the environment because they can be broken down and recycled.
  • They withstand insect damage like termites and don’t rot like wood based roofing.
  • Concrete and clay tile roofs can withstand a lot of weather elements like storms, hurricanes, hail, and even fire.
  • They come in a variety of styles and colors and designs.
  • They can help regulate the temperature inside of your home

Things To Know:

  • They can’t be sued on all roof slopes. They can only be installed on certain roof pitches that are sharper like around 4.12.
  • If something very hard strikes them, they can crack and many times repairs can be costly.
  • They are very heavy, so you need to make sure that you have professionals look at assess whether your existing house frame can support the weight of clay or conrete tiles. The weight of clay tiles can be 850 pounds per square and 950 pounds per square for concrete tiles.

Tile Roofing Styles:
There are a lot of styles available including Spanish tiles that you would typically see on southwestern roofs. They are wavy in order to properly draw water off of the roof efficiently.

There are also Scandia tiles that are similar to tile you would see in Spain and Mexico which have sharp edges. Double Roman tiles also look like Spanish tiles, but they have ribbed and the dips for water are more frequent in their design.

There is also a slightly less expensive and lighter version of tile roofing called Pantile that are S-shaped clay tiles that look like ripples. formed into a flattened S shape, creating a ripple appearance.

You would also find tile roofing in Spain and Rome that are referred to as Barrel tiles. This is a better option for roofs that have more rounded features since the tiles conform easier. French and Riviera tiles are also very similar to Barrel tile roofs, but have lower humps and flat ridges that draw the water away.

Whatever type of tile roofing that you choose, contact Prodigy Roofing to walk you through your best options with tile roofing to see whether or not this type of roofing will work for your home.