Tucson Roof Gurus works on all kinds of residential and commercial roofs, including:
- Shingle Roofs
- Flat Roofs
- Metal Roofs
- Tile Roofs
While we work on all kinds of roofs throughout southern AZ, tile roofs are by far the material we work with the most, and tile roof repair
is our specialty. There’s good reason why tile is so popular in and around Tucson, and if you have it on your home, you made a wise choice.
While tile can be more expensive than other options when you’re buying materials, in the long run, it’s an excellent choice for the kind of weather we have here in the Old Pueblo.
Spanish tiles look like rows on undulating waves with wide water courses between the tiles. They are most often found in places like Tucson where, while rain may be infrequent, it’s often heavy. Our monsoons can make quick work of lesser materials as they saturate dried and porous materials. Clay, terracotta, and concrete tiles however, can weather these infrequent but intense assaults quite handily.
As far as costs go for roofing materials, generally speaking asphalt shingles which are the most common roof type in the U.S., are the cheapest to replace. Next would be wooden and metal shingles, which are middle of the road. Clay, concrete and slate tiles are where expenses go up for repair. When repaired, those materials are the most durable and so lifespan will be longer.
How long is a tile roof supposed to last?
If you use a quality underlayment, and keep your roof clean from pests, debris and tree limbs, your roof could very well last 40 or 50 years or more before it needs to be replaced.
With years of experience on all kinds of roofs throughout southern Arizona, we know how to get the work done right
The roofing industry gets people working in it that come and go all the time. When you work with Tucson Roof Gurus, you have a crew of workers who have not only worked in the industry for many years, they’ve worked together. Like so many things, having a good team is infinitely better than a bunch of individuals that don’t know what the other is doing.
Tucson Roof Guru’s is Tucson’s #1 Roofing Team!
Pros and Cons of Tile Roofing in Tucson
- A tile roof can easily handle the heat of a blazing Tucson summer.
- The sun won’t burn or rot this type of roofing.
- These tiles can also handle high winds and heavy rains that you experience during a monsoon.
- They’re even fireproof and resistant to insects.
- And the tiles help control the home’s indoor temperature, which is ideal during the heat of an Arizona summer.
- Another plus of tile roofing is that it’s often expected to last for 50 years yet is capable of lasting much longer.
- This means that once you install this roof, you can expect it to stay there for as long as you live in your home.
What are the benefits of a tile roof?
- Durable – Slate, concrete, ceramic, terracotta, and clay tile can last between 50 and 100 years, they are extremely durable.
- Thermal insulating – This will help retain heat in winter and shed solar heat in summer.
- Drainage – Tile roofs shed water quite easily because of the unique shape of the tiles.
- Fire resistant – Tile is highly fire resistant because it is made with concrete, stone, or clay.
- Resistant – Tile is immune to rot and naturally repels insects
- Flexibility – Tile will add to the esthetic value of any residential building because there are dozens of designs and colors available. It is not subject to fading and holds color very well.
Some downsides to tile roofing
- High cost: Though they are economical in the long run, tile roofs can be prohibitively expensive to install. You can spend up to $1,400 per square depending on who your supplier is.
- Installation: Installing a tile roof requires a high level of expertise. More often than not you will need to bring in a qualified contractor for this purpose. The beauty of engaging Pinnacle Roofing as your contractor is that we have several years of expertise so we will get the job done faster and to a high standard. We are also fully certified and insured for extra peace of mind.
- Color fades over time (more so with concrete than clay tiles)
- Heavier than other roofing materials, so your current roof’s frame may not be able to handle it
How do you repair leaking roof tiles?
Because we know there are a lot of DIY’ers out there, and because we get asked this question a lot, we will include a bit of information here, but with some “food for thought” to follow…
If a tile roof leaks, the problem is almost always with the membrane beneath the tile. In order to repair this, you’ll first have to find the area that is leaking. you’ll need to take-up the tile around the leak, patch the leak with roofing cement, and replace the tiles.
If a roof tile is cracked or broken it probably can’t be repaired so you’ll need to replace the tile.
- Carefully pry up the tile (or tiles) just above the cracked or broken one.
- Break the faulty tile, and remove the pieces. Also pry or force out any nails.
- Spread a small amount of roofing cement along the underside of the replacement, and slide it into place. Adhesive, rather than nails, will hold this tile.
Ask yourself if you’re confident in doing this kind of job yourself
Climbing on a pitched roof where a fall could be disastrous… walking carefully and delicately on the tiles to make sure you don’t break any others in your quest to fix what you know is broken, and without necessarily having the keen, professional eye to see what else might be wrong with your roof…
Ask yourself if it’s worth trying to save a few bucks. The alternative is to call in the true professionals who do this every day so they can get it done right for you, the first time.