Learning the benefits of tile roofing and how they differ from other roof types.

Tile roofs come in many styles and all serve both a decorative and protective purpose for your home or commercial establishment. Tile roofs are mainly designed to keep out rain and are an excellent choice for coastal buildings and add an elegant design to accent the style of your home. Additionally, popular materials used for tile roofs are clay or concrete and using this material will require a greater-weight bearing foundation on either residential or commercial buildings.

The tiles in tile roofing are usually hung in parallel rows and each row will overlap the row below it. The purpose of having each row of tile overlap the bottom row is to both cover the nails that hold the row below it and to exclude rain water. This particular style of roofing is fire, salt, and rot resistant and will require very little maintenance to upkeep.

The following are the various styles of tile roofs:



  • Flat Tiles – Simple design with the rows of flat tiles overlapping the rows below it.
  • Imbrex and Tegula – An ancient Roman tile style where the tiles are btih curved and flat in order to make channels for rain to travel through on the roof.
  • Roman Tiles – These tiles are flat in the middle and one side of the tile will be curved downward and the other will be curved upward to allow for interlocking between tiles.
  • Pantiles – A “S” shaped tile that is primarily used in England and Scotland.
  • Mission or Barrel Tiles – These are designed as half-cylinder tiles and are laid in alternating columns where one column will  show the inside of the cylinder while the next column will expose the the outside of the cylinder.
  • Interlocking Roof Tiles – This style is similar to pantiles with the sides and top of the tiles interlocking to improve water protection.



These tile roofs are designed for long term performance while maintaining they’re color and although the initial cost of a tiled roof may seem expensive, the tile roof has the longest life cycle of most other roofing products so therefore if price is compared to the lifespan of the roof then tile roofing is the most economically sound for a buyer.


In All, when choosing a new roof for your home or commercial business, be sure to take into account lifespan, design, and function as you finalize your decision, and come to an understanding as to how roof tiles may be the perfect fit for your needs.