River Oaks Roofing: Article About Spanish Tile Alternatives

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Many types of roofing styles and materials are available to today's homeowners. When reroofing their home, homeowners might want to change the look of their home. A homeowner might want to use Spanish tile instead of the same old asphalt shingles. If this is the case, some limitations must be addressed. An experienced River Oaks roofing company can help homeowners with any questions or concerns they may have.

Asphalt shingles have been the standard in the housing industry for over 100 years. For this reason, most housing codes only account for the weight of a shingled roof. Spanish tiles weigh considerably more than asphalt shingles. The weight of the roof is carried by the roof trusses as well as the exterior walls and interior, load bearing walls. A tile roof can weigh over 1,000 pounds per square, while an asphalt shingle roof typically weighs about 230 pounds per square. Upgrading to Spanish tile should include an inspection by a structural engineer to determine if the home's structure can handle the additional weight. Upgrading without making necessary improvements to the home's structure could cause a roofing collapse or other structural damage. The cost of the engineer's inspection plus the needed reinforcement could add several thousand in roofing costs.

Other roofing products on the market are engineered to mimic the look of Spanish tile without the extreme weight and difficulty of installation.

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Metal Spanish tiles are made from galvanized steel pressed over a form. They are then sprayed with an anti UV coating to protect their color. The beauty of traditional Spanish clay tile is preserved, but they are as light as asphalt shingles. Because they are metal, they are much easier to install, making the overall reroofing costs less than installing traditional clay tile. Additionally, these metal tiles are much more resistant to hail damage than their clay cousins are, making them an excellent choice for climates that experience severe weather patterns.

Fiber cement is another roofing product that can be produced in many styles, including Spanish tile. Since it is an engineered product, it has the same look and functions as well as Spanish tile but with half its weight. The fiber content of fiber cement makes this product surprisingly thin, flexible and able to withstand hurricane force winds and hail impact. Fiber cement Spanish tiles are designed to be as easily installed as asphalt shingles. Like metal Spanish tile, they come in a variety of colors designed to resist fading for decades.

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