TILE ROOFING: IS IT WORTH THE COST?

Your home’s roof serves many purposes from aesthetics to protection, and it’s one of the first things people notice when they look at your property.  Although there are many options to choose from, such as steel, copper, and asphalt, consider installing tile roofing.  Tile roofs are known for their durability and beauty, having been manufactured for years in an array stylish shape and color options.

Benefits of Tile Roofing

Tiles are installed in such a way that they allow for increased air circulation that helps in reducing the direct transfer of heat from your roof to the house. Tile roofing is energy efficient and can help you save on your air conditioning costs. If you travel in the southern states of the United States you’ll find homes that are more than 50 years old with their original roofs still intact and looking great.ca038384b58b406c1566d2d38a2bbf7a

Most roofing tiles are made from sand, clay or concrete. These materials are non-combustible. In fact, when properly installed, a tile roofing system qualifies for a class “A” rating in fire resistance. You won’t have to worry about fire insurance premiums anymore. The weight of tile used to be a concern, but with the recent improvements in the manufacturing process, tiles have become lighter, while still offering the same longevity and performance. According to manufacturers, a tile roofing system can last for more than 50 years when properly maintained.

Disadvantages of a Tile Roof

The largest disadvantage of a tile roof is the cost, ranging between $400 and $1,000 per square, or about $13 per square foot.  The pricing can vary based on the specific type of tile, style, and roof shape you’re looking for.  In addition to being expensive, tile is also heavy.  Sometimes, it requires additional reinforcement in order to be installed on the roof.  Lastly, professional installation is almost certainly needed due to the weight and intricacy of the setup

Call Z Roofing & Waterproofing

Z Roofing & Waterproofing has installed more than 80,000 roofs in Miami and Hialeah in the last 30 years.  Endless hours of contracting has allowed us to perfect our roofing process, so we are confident we can meet all of your needs.  If you’re looking for tile roofing, contact our team of experts for a free quote.

 

Roof Ventilation – Reduce Your Energy Bill & Protect Your Home

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Z Roofing & Waterproofing installs roof ventilation systems in Miami, Florida and the rest of the county.  Roof ventilation systems protect your home from costly repairs by managing air flow in and out of the house.  When done correctly, it lowers cooling costs, improves the lifespan of shingling, and helps to prevent ice build up in colder months by keeping moisture out and helping dry the attic.

Types of Roof Ventilation

Ridge Vents – Ridge vents are low-profile units installed from one side of the roof to another.  Some have a metal ridge, while others go directly over the shingles. This provides even cooling across the entire rooftop surface.

Power Fans – Roof-mounted power fans are colored to match the shingles and have an adjustable thermostat.  Some are electric and others are solar-powered, so pricing varies.  With high-efficiency motors, this type of fan can remove large quantities or warm, humid air from the attic, covering an area of up to 3,000 square feet.

Wind Turbines – Wind turbines are installed on the top of the roof and draw out hot air with the help of wind-power.  These are cheap to install and don’t take up much space, usually only a few shingles.

Gable Louvers – These static vents can match nearly any style of architecture, using angled slats to protect the attic from exposure to the outside.  Most have limited life-time warranties and are sold at the local hardware store, like Home Depot.  They aid in moisture and insect resistance, and they’re fast and easy to install.

Roof Louvers – Simple, generic rooftop vents that help increase airflow to the attic.  These are the cheapest option.

Do You Need Roof Ventilation?

Here’s how you tell if you need roof ventilation installed:

  1. You don’t see them. If you don’t see any of the vents listed above on your roof, call a local company for an inspection.  The energy and cost savings are too large to ignore.
  2. Your ceiling is warm to the touch.  If your ceiling feels like a frying pan, it’s time to install some vents.  Your shingles are probably frying on top of your home and you need better ventilation to lower your air conditioning bill.
  3. You see ice dams on the roof.  After snow falls on your roof, hot air coming from the inside of the house can melt the snow, allowing it to refreeze again to form ice dams.  Ice dams can be heavy, dangerous to people walking near the house, and create excess moisture that you don’t want on your roof.
  4. You see condensation or frost in the attic. If you see frost or condensation in the attic, especially near the ceiling, poor ventilation is most likely the issue.

With properly installed vents in place, the air temperature in the attic will be more stable, saving you money and preventing costly roof repairs.