Most home investors quickly discover that the materials they use affect more than just the aesthetics of the home. Whether it’s a new construction or a renovation project, the roof material chosen by homeowners can affect the resale value of their house, their home insurance costs, and even their home repair costs over time. Tile is a very popular choice amongst homeowners and contractors, and for good reason. It’s available in a variety of price points, types, colours and styles, so it gives homeowners an option that fits their budget, and the chance to express their personal style. Understanding the requirements, potential issues, and advantages of tile can help homeowners earn the best return on their investment.
Choosing the Appropriate Tile
Tile roofs have a very impressive average expectancy. Clay roof tiles can last 100 years, and the average lifespan of concrete roof tiles is about 50 years. An often overlooked way to increase the return on investment is the initial budgeting for materials. Investing 25% more can often increase the life by 200%.
While the tile type is often thought of as a personal choice for the homeowner, a little research can really help ensure that the tile is right for the home, as well as the geographical area. For instance, those living in areas prone to wildfires as well as wet climates may want to opt for a concrete roof tile. These tiles are incredibly strong, fire resistant, and will not become damaged with excessive amounts of rain. Clay roof tiles are similarly strong and resistant to fire, water damage, insect damage, heat and sunlight. Clay tile is heavier, so homeowners in areas with frequent snowfall and excessive snowfall may want to opt for concrete, which is significantly lighter.
Performing Seasonal Inspections
One of the most important things a homeowner can do to protect his or her investment is thoroughly inspect the tile roof a few times a year. Be on the lookout for cracked or broken tiles, flashing issues, loose tiles or anything else that may require attention. Spotting a potential problem early is a great way to save money in the long run and prevent bigger, more involved repairs.
Making Repairs As Needed
During these inspections, if repairs are needed, it’s best to make them right away rather than waiting. Even something as minor as a cracked tile could lead to leaks and other potential problems. Many people choose to make small repairs themselves to save money, but those who aren’t experienced in roof repairs should leave the job to a professional. The cost of replacing a few broken tiles can be surprisingly affordable. HomeAdvisor reports that the average cost of repairing a ceiling damaged due to a leak is $650; it’s easy to see how small repairs made as needed can save money and protect the homeowner’s investment.
Taking Care of Routine Maintenance
In addition to inspecting the roof and making small repairs right away, performing routine maintenance can help keep a tile roof in the best possible shape and prevent issues. Cleaning gutters regularly can prevent gutter and roof damage due to increasing weight as debris is accumulated. Gutters should be cleaned with each new season, and more often for heavily-treed properties. Giving them a good check and clean after big storms is also a good idea.
Clearing debris from the tile roof is also important. Tree branches, leaves, and other debris can pile up and cause cracked, loose or broken tiles. Finally, cleaning tile roofs with an approved wash and/or pressure cleaner 1-2 times a year can ensure proper water runoff, clear moss or algae and keep a tile roof looking beautiful. These are all jobs a homeowner can do without the help of a professional, although it’s essential to be familiar with proper roof safety procedures and preventative measures.
Periodic Professional Care
Tile is notorious for being very low-maintenance, which is one of the reasons so many homeowners choose it. However, periodic care from a professional can maintain the integrity and quality of the roof. Full inspections should be performed by a professional every 6 months; a trained eye can spot issues a homeowner might easily miss. Professionals are also required if the homeowner decides to re-seal his or her tile roof, a process which doesn’t need to be completed more than once every few years.
Added Advantages of a Tile Roof
By taking great care of a tile roof, homeowners can gain some unexpected advantages. Home insurance companies always consider the roofing material when quoting an insurance price, since it can dramatically impact potential damage in the event of fire, hail, wind, etc. Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Chief Engineer, Tim Reinhold, states that in 90% of claims for hail or high wind, the insurance payout is directly dependent upon the roof cover. Concrete roof tiles are non-combustible, with an Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Class-A fire rating, which is the highest possible fire-rating. In addition, the tiles are not at risk of rotting in wet climates, will not become damaged by direct sunlight or heat, and are pest-resistant.
Many real estate professionals believe that tile roofing has the highest curb appeal. Homeowners considering eventually selling their home can benefit significantly from a high-quality tile roof. According to ConsumerReports.org, enhancing the exterior of a home can provide a potential return of 2 to 5%. In addition, they reported that 31% of real estate professionals mentioned the roof as one of the most important parts of the home when it comes to resale value.