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Tile roofing is an expensive but beautiful alternative to the standard asphalt shingle. For the right homeowner, tile roofs provide excellent durability and aesthetic quality. However, there are many things to consider before choosing a tile roof. These things include the cost, the structure of the home and the required maintenance.

Plano roofing experts know that tile roofing is significantly more expensive than asphalt shingles. In most cases, laying a tile roof is going to cost at least twice as much as laying the same roof with asphalt shingles. This is a disqualifying factor for many homeowners. On the other hand, tile roofs can readily last 50 years with proper care and maintenance. When compared to asphalt shingles' approximately 20 year lifespan, the difference in cost shrinks somewhat, but this still constitutes a steep initial investment.

Another thing to consider is the structural integrity of the home. Most homes built today are designed to take asphalt shingles. This is because asphalt shingles are the lowest cost option and do not require a lot of structural reinforcement to support them.

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Tile is much heavier than asphalt shingles, however, so roofing frames that have previously had asphalt shingles will likely need additional reinforcement in order to support the new roofing material. This can cost an additional $2,000 in consulting and building costs before the roof ever goes on.

Well maintained tile will last practically a lifetime, but part of this maintenance includes the professional work of replacing the underlayment. Although the tile is long lasting, the underlayment will go bad every 8 to 20 years, and tile is fragile enough to make this a job for professionals only. Although tile can take a beating from the weather, it is easily damaged by someone stepping on it. Professionals know how to handle the material well and are trained to remove the tile, replace the underlayment and replace the original tile. In this regard, maintenance looks similar to an asphalt shingle roof. The main difference is that new roofing materials other than the underlayment are unnecessary, and this saves the homeowner money.

Although there are a few things to consider before installing a tile roof, the benefits are clear. A tile roof gives the home a distinctive look, and a well maintained tile roof will outlast many other types of roofing materials. Manufacturers continue to look for ways to make tile lighter in weight, which could save money on the installation.

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