You hardly ever look at your roof, yet you always count on it to be there. It’s not as exciting or as decorative as many other parts of your house might be, and you probably don’t get much pleasure from it directly. In fact, you likely don’t even think about your roof being a part of your house until it springs a leak or gets damaged during a storm, and it's time for a tile roof replacement.
However, your tile roof may be the most significant feature of your home. It encases and shelters the rest of your house and all of its contents, including your family members. That structure you take for granted protects you from the rain, snow, hail, tornadoes, and windy hurricane gusts. Its insulation helps keep you cool in summer and warm in winter and creates a pest barrier. If it’s attractive, it adds curb appeal to your lovely home.
Still, it’s a necessary and essential investment, and you want to be sure to keep it in good repair. However, every few decades the time comes for a complete tile roof replacement.
Does My Tile Roof Need Replacement?
You probably don’t need to have a professional come out just to know if your home is due for a roof replacement. First, find any records you have about its initial installation. If that happened before you moved in, find your real estate papers and home inspection report. Then go outside, walk to a spot where you can see it well, and take a good look. Do a visual review and ask yourself a few questions. With this information, you should be able to determine if you need to call a roofing contractor.
Common Questions to Ask Before Replacing a Tile Roof
If you’re thinking about a complete replacement of your tile roof, you should consider a few issues first. Your answers to these questions can help you decide about a roof replacement.
1. When Was My Roof Installed?
How long has your roof been keeping you and your family dry and safe? A tile roof has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, maybe even longer if you’ve fixed minor issues and maintained it regularly.
Your roof’s lifespan may be much shorter, depending on where you live. Extreme weather conditions like high winds, heavy rains, hot sun, and severe cold can wreak havoc with roofing tiles and roofs as a whole.
2. Does My Roof Have Any Flashing?
Flashing is an underlying material that keeps water from getting into openings around vents, chimneys, gutters, and edges. If your roof has little to no flashing, water damage can cause problems in fewer than 10 years.
3. How Does My Roof Look?
You don’t need a roofing contractor’s expertise to check out your roof’s condition, though it wouldn’t hurt. Stand outside and take a peek. Do you notice any missing or damaged tiles in one or more spots? If so, you need to replace your roof before severe damage sets in. If you don’t see any damage from the outside, check out the roof from the attic. You might not need to replace the entire thing if you see one or two roof leaks or wet spots. If you notice multiple water problems or significant mold, you should seriously consider replacing your roof.
4. Are You Planning to Sell or Stay?
If you’re planning to put your home on the market, you may want to invest in a new roof, especially if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan. You may think it’s an expensive project for a house you’re going to leave, but potential buyers may run away if your roof is in terrible shape. A new roof will enhance the curb appeal and listing value of your home. When you make significant home improvements, you will increase the potential buyer traffic and likely close the deal more quickly.
Tile Roof Replacement Costs
Whether you’re planning to sell your home or stay for the long term, a new roof will add to the home’s value. Also, despite the expense, a roof replacement will be vital in protecting your home. Tile roof replacement costs vary widely depending on the size of your home, the slope and style of the roof, your chosen materials, and your home’s location. As a broad estimate, tile roofs cost anywhere from $15,000 to more than $30,000 (not including maintenance costs). The cost to repair a tile roof may be thousands of dollars, depending on the extent of the damage. For the added value, replacement may be the more sensible answer. When you choose a tile roof replacement, you’ll be making a significant but worthwhile investment. Be sure to do some research and get estimates to find a contractor who meets your needs and budget.
The #1 Tile Roof Alternative
When you decide that it’s time to replace your tile roof, we invite you to choose Brava composite tile.
- Composite roofing offers an attractive alternative to slate tile and concrete or clay tile roofs.
- Brava composite tiles are lighter and more durable than other materials.
- Brava offers products that mirror cedar shake, slate, and clay tiles. They also come in a variety of colors to meet your style preferences.
- These composite tiles don’t need special structural support.
- Installation follows standard industry methods used for common roofing materials.
- Brava tiles hold up well under extreme conditions, so they’re suitable for all climates and locations.
- These composite tile roofs require virtually zero maintenance.
- Brava roof tiles are cost-effective, add value to your home, and will last for more than 50 years.
Please explore our website to learn about all our varieties. If you think Brava products might be suitable for your tile roof replacement, please call us at 844-290-4196.