With some exceptions in coastal areas and hot climates, tile roofing is not all that common. And as often happens with things that aren't that common, myths and misconceptions have worked their way into the common rhetoric about tile roofs. If you're thinking about getting a new roof and tile is on your radar as a potential option, then you deserve to know the truth. So take a look at the following misconceptions about tile roofs.
Misconception: Tile roofs absorb water, leading to leaks during big storms.
It's hard to say where this misconception comes from. Perhaps it traces back to the fact that clay, the material that was long used to make tile roofs, can absorb and hold onto water. Maybe it's also related to the fact that most people don't discover their roof is damaged until there is a big storm and there's a leak. In any event, though, tile roofs do not absorb water. Those made from clay are baked at a high temperature and glazed with a special waterproof coating that repels rainwater. Concrete tile roofs are similarly treated with waterproof coatings. Tile roofs hold up perfectly well in wet, rainy conditions — even if the rain goes on for days.
Misconception: Tile roofs allow too much heat into your attic.
Clay and concrete can get hot when they sit in the hot summer sun for hours on end. But this is no different from other roofing materials. Shingles and metal get hot in the sun, too. Roofing contractors typically put a layer of insulation under the roof tiles to reduce the amount of heat that is transferred from the roof into the attic. If you have a tile roof and your attic and top floor are getting too warm, you probably need more insulation. This issue could happen with any poorly insulated roof, not just a tile one.
Misconception: Tile roofs are too heavy for most houses.
If you currently have a shingle or metal roof, neighbors may have advised you that tile will be too heavy since your home was not built to support it. This may have been true, in some cases, a few decades ago. However, today, there are lightweight roofing tiles. If your roofing contractor thinks there is any chance your home is not strong enough to support a heavier tile roof, they'll recommend these. Most homes can support a heavy tile roof, anyway.
Hopefully, this article has taught you a little more about tile roofing and cleared up some misconceptions you may have heard or believed. Tile roofs are durable, versatile, and beautiful, and they're a wise option for many homeowners.