FAQs About Flat Roofing Tiles

Are you ready to replace your roof? Whether your existing roof has a dated aesthetic, is worn, or sustained serious storm damage, the shingles are ready for an upgrade. Before you decide on one material, take a look at what you need to know about flat roofing tiles and your options.

What Are Flat Roofing Tiles?

It's all in the name. Instead of rolled or barrel tiles, the flat option has no noticeable curve. Even though asphalt and metal are two popular materials that you might think of when you hear the word "flat," tiles differ from traditional shingles or solid roofing systems. Popular flat tile materials include clay, concrete, and slate. While these tiles will lay flat in the same way that an asphalt or metal roof will, they have a different aesthetic. Instead of a traditionally plain exterior look, these tiles create an eclectic, Mediterranean, or old-world style that spotlights the roof.

Are Flat Roofing Tiles Durable?

In general, flat tiles are durable and long-lasting. But the specific lifespan of the tile depends on a few factors. These include the local climate and weather patterns, the type of material you choose, the initial quality of the tile, the installation, and care and maintenance. 

Each type of roofing tile has a somewhat different expected lifespan. Clay and concrete roofing tiles can last for more than one century, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Slate tiles have an average life expectancy of 60 to 150 years. Again, these lifespan figures depend on how well you maintain your roof. Without proper care, your slate roof might only meet the lower end of its projected lifespan.

Why Should You Choose A Flat Tile Roof?

There are two parts to this question. The first is—why choose a flat type of tile? Barrel, or curved, tile is a popular pick. This type of tile has a visually interesting texture and can easily hide unevenness caused by structural settling. But flat tiles have a standout aesthetic as well. While these tiles won't have a bumpy or curved texture, they can still create a patterned look—especially if you select tiles with slight color variations. 

The second part of this question focuses on the choice to install tile (instead of another type of roofing material). The durability and lifespan of clay, concrete, and slate make these picks top choices for many homeowners. Compared to the 100-plus year lifespan of most types of tile, asphalt shingles may only last from 20 to 30 years, according to InterNACHI. Along with the durability of tile, this type of roof adds an adventurous and interesting type of decor to a home's exterior aesthetic.

If you have additional questions about flat roofing tiles, contact a roofer near you. 

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