Tile Roof Lifespan: Concrete Tile Lifespan & More

Jan 11, 2021Roofing0 comments

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Have you ever wondered how long tile roofs last? Knowing how long a tile roof and underlayment last is critical to know how long your roof system will be sufficient.

All tile roofing has a lifespan of up to 50 years. This is contingent on many different factors that ultimately make the tile roof last longer or the different types of tile roofing. Types of tile roofing, quality of underlayment, and maintenance are all factors to consider. The lifespan of a tile roof will depend on a number of different factors, including the following:

  • Type of Tile- This will include clay tiles or concrete tiles, for example.
  • Quality of Underlayment- Underlayment is essential for tile roof lifespan because it keeps off moisture and snow. Otherwise, the roof could be penetrated by either or both, and degrade the roof’s natural lifespan.
  • Maintenance and Other Factors- How well the roof is maintained over the years, including frequent inspection checks, the skill, and knowledge of the roofer that you’re using, and other aspects of the situation surrounding the roof will determine how much of a possible roof’s lifespan is realized.

It’s important to be cautious when it comes to all of these factors if you want to ensure that your roof lasts for as long as it possibly can before you need to buy a new one and get it installed.

Tile Roof Underlayment Lifespan

The underlayment, set beneath a tile roof, helps support it, but this structure will not last as long as the tile roof itself. This structure is often made of paper or felt, and you will need to replace it at a rate of at least 30 years or so, if not more often. It’s installed along with the roof itself, so the clock starts ticking as soon as installation occurs. You may even need to replace it within 20 years depending on what happens.

You may want to check the underlayment regularly as well, to make sure that it’s not degrading to the point where it will become necessary to replace it early so that you can preserve the integrity and effectiveness of your roof.

When to Replace a Concrete Tile Roof?

It’s important to replace a concrete tile roof before it becomes too degraded or you could damage other parts of your house in the process if moisture, snow, or other elements get in. Replacing a concrete tile roof too late can also lead to the roof not properly shielding yourself, your friends and family, or anything else from the effects of the elements.

It’s likely that you will see signs of wear after 30 or 35 years and it will no longer look as new as it once did. Around 5 years after that, you could see the roof no longer have its original shape. At some point, you could even see it sag.

All this is to say that you don’t have to wait until the last second before replacing your roof. Big signs of this will include leakages. Water could be dripping or even streaming down from the roof. It’s possible this is just an installation issue and you could just reinstall the one you should have now.

However, you should change out your concrete roof at some point well before it no longer protects you, but you should also replace it whenever you no longer feel good about it. That could be at any time that you look at it, but it could also be after you have it inspected and find some issue that may not be a deal-breaker yet but will be down the line.

It’s always good to stay ahead of any potential problem, after all.

Clay Tile Roof Lifespan

A clay tile roof can last as long as 100 years which is twice as long as what you potentially get with a concrete roof. Both clay and concrete are some of the best types of roofing tile you can get in terms of durability compared to other types of materials, but clay is undoubtedly more durable overall.

Again, the longevity you actually get in terms of years is going to depend on how well you maintain it. The gap between the number of years each type of tile lasts could go down substantially between an owner who maintains a concrete tile roof and a clay tile owner who isn’t checking, performing maintenance, and getting inspections regularly throughout these years.

Cement Roof Lifespan

Concrete roof tiles are often made of cement, water, and sand. However, sometimes they are slightly different in composition, depending on who made them. This could include even more elements, for example. They can last as long as 50 years in addition to being generally durable throughout that time period.

The skill of the company that performs the installation will make a big difference with how long concrete tiles last, for example. You can also vary up how heavy the tiles are based on your preference as well. You could get a regular, more standard weight, or you could get something even lighter. Lighter tiles will put less stress on your house, but they will also not tend to last as long.

This is exactly why many people go for the standard weight tiles for concrete In order to properly maximize the number of years that you get. That extra weight is part of what allows concrete to shrug off the effects of storms of all kinds day in and day out throughout the years.

Final Thoughts

Considering how important proper installation and maintenance is for longevity, it’s important to go for a company known for quality like Ultra Foam. You get a lifetime guarantee on roofing, as well as a free quote based on an evaluation of your situation. It’s easy to Contact Ultra Foam through email, a phone number, or just using the form on the site.

Financing options are available, and teams are standing by to come to handle your tile installation needs whenever it’s the most convenient for you.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to go ahead and contact us today. The quicker you contact us, the quicker we can get started installing whatever tile solution you choose. If there is an issue with your roof and you need a new one, it’s vitally important that you don’t delay at all. Every day that you delay could be a day that damage might have been avoided.


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