The Pros and Cons of Tile Roofing


"If you own a home, the simple fact is that someday you will need to replace your old roof." It could be due to damage, weather, or simply too many hot Texas summers, but you can rest assured it’s going to happen someday. Regardless of the state of your roof, we recommend that you start thinking about your options new. As the most trusted name for roofing in The Woodlands, we’ve seen hundreds of homeowners make last-minute choices that leave them less than satisfied. When it comes to our clients, we like to recommend tile roofs. Not only are these perfectly suited to the hot weather here in The Woodlands, but they’re also aesthetically pleasing, fit most types of homes, and are incredibly long-lasting.

In this article, we’ll go over the pros and cons of tile roofing in greater detail.

The Benefits of Tile Roofing

The first thing you need to understand is that tile is actually the most popular roofing option in the world. Though we Americans tend to prefer our shingles, they can’t possibly stand up to the elements that way tile can. For instance, tile is highly weather-resistant. Made of clay or durable concrete, they can withstand fire, hail, and even hurricane-level winds.

Tile also contributes to reduced energy costs. Because of the gap located under each tile, they can help stop heat from transferring into the attic. If you’re lived through a summer here in The Woodlands, you know that air conditioning is a must. However, you can actually cut your AC usage dramatically with tile on your roof.

We already mentioned that tile roofs are long-lasting, but did you know that they can last as much as 50 years? It’s true! And on top of that, they require very minimal maintenance over their lifespan.

Lastly, tile roofs can’t be damaged by insects or other pests, and they are 100% environmentally friendly due to the fact that they’re made of simple earth materials. In fact, when removed, they are usually crushed and recycled into a base for roads and concrete pathways.

The Drawbacks of Tile Roofing

As with any other type of products, tile roofing is not without its downsides. While we still stand by its effectiveness, we also want you to be fully informed, so there are no surprises down the road! For instance, tile is very heavy, which means you may need to add some structural supports to your roof in order to hold the weight. This is just one reason why you want to go with a professional installer that is local to The Woodlands and understands the regional weather patterns.

The other drawback? Tile is expensive. Though it can be seen as a tradeoff for the extreme lifespan of the roofs, they will cost on average about twice as much as shingles. At the same time, tile roofing can be brittle in some cases and can crack when impacted by debris like heavy branches. Fortunately, tiles can be replaced individually, so you don’t have to worry about major costs if you do experience breakage.

The last (and most significant downside) is algae growth. Though much of Texas is dry, places like The Woodlands can experience tons of humidity. This can allow algal blooms to take up residence on your tile. Fortunately, these blooms can be removed using a special algae prevention solution which will keep streaks from returning for up to two years.

In Conclusion

The most important thing to remember about tile roofing is that it absolutely must be installed by a professional. Here at G&R Roofing, we have over a decade of experience helping our clients switch to durable, energy-efficient tile roofs and can help you do the same! If you’re located in The Woodlands, Spring, or anywhere else in Greater Houston, reach out to us today for a free consultation with one of our team members.