The Pros & Cons Of A High Barrel Tile Roof

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High barrel tile roofs are known for their beautiful and timeless appearance. Also known as S-Tiles, these tiles are semi-cylindrical in shape and are among the most widely recognized roof tiles. A barrel tile roof emulates that classic and authentic old-world Spanish look.

Pros Of A Barrel Tile Roof

Here are a few reasons you should consider installing a high barrel tile roof:

  • They’re Highly Durable

    Barrel tile roofs have been known to last over 100 years when installed under the right conditions. A professional installation will result in a long-lasting roof that will easily resist harsh weather elements for decades to come. From hail to high winds and heavy rain, barrel tile roofs are committed for the long term. Both clay and concrete roof tiles offer superior durability and should come with a backed-up warranty. A tile roof is a long-term investment that will keep you and your family covered for years to come. And if you decide to move, a high barrel tile roof will only add to your home’s value proposition.

  • You Have Endless Choices

    Clay and concrete tiles come in a variety of options to choose from. Although high barrel tiles have a specific visual design, they can easily be treated with a large variety of colors and finishes to provide a custom look to your home. Whether you want a terracotta look, a dated ceramic look, a metal finish, or even a shingle finish, these are all possible. You’re also able to choose a few varied colors for your roof, which gives it a texture that is extremely pleasing to the eye.

  • They’re Environmentally Friendly

    All tiled roofs are made from natural earth minerals such as clay, slate, or concrete composites. There are no chemical additives, which means that they can be easily reused or recycled when removed. Furthermore, they are energy efficient as they create a large thermal mass, which helps with indoor temperature regulation.

  • They’re Low Maintenance

    High barrel roofs are seldom known for leaks or cracks. However, over time minor cracks may develop and are easy to repair by using roof tile adhesive. The use of this adhesive prevents whole tiles from being replaced, which keeps maintenance costs down. In the event of a few tiles needing to be replaced, it’s recommended to hire a specialist roofer who is experienced in tile replacement. If something goes wrong, it could easily lead to your entire roof looking out of sync, and may need to be replaced.

Cons Of A Barrel Tile Roof

Here are a few cons to consider before getting a barrel tile roof:

  • Tile Roofs Are Costly

    A high barrel tile roofing system can generally cost two to three times as much as an asphalt roof. Slate tiles are by far the most expensive, as slate is a very costly material. Clay tile roofs are generally expensive due to the kiln firing process. Concrete tiles, on the other hand, are slightly more affordable and still offer high durability. You will need to be prepared to pay more for an upfront investment that will, however, last you far longer than other roofing options.

  • They Require Professional Installation

    A tile roof requires an expert installation team to ensure that it comes out flawless. Tiles need to be measured and laid in a predetermined pattern. They also need to be checked for any moisture, as this compromises their water-proofing ability. A high barrel tile roof is not a simple DIY project.

  • The Tiles Are Heavy

    Tiles roofs can weigh as much as 950 pounds per square meter. It’s for this reason that they require a solid supporting structure that can handle the weight. You may need to consult with an engineer to check your home’s structural integrity before installing a tile roof. Keep in mind too that tiles are suitable for every roofing slope, and generally aren’t good for homes with low roof pitches.

Use The South Florida Tile Roof Experts

A high barrel tile roof can create a beautiful finish to your home. It’s for this reason that it’s best to get an expert contractor to conduct your tile roof installation. At Aabco Roofing, we specialize in everything from minor roof repairs to full roof replacements.

To ensure that your new roof is installed flawlessly, call us today at (954) 426-8500.

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