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Tile roofs have existed for thousands of years and are still widely used today. The first known record of tile roofs is in China in 10,000 B.C., and then in the Middle East not long after that. Clay tile used for roofing quickly spread from China and the Middle East to the rest of Asia and Europe.

We are in an age of constant and quick development, but newer isn’t always better. Today, we have a variety of options when it comes to roofing materials. They all serve a purpose, but tile roofing remains one of the best options for people to use in their homes.

Tile Roofing

Clay roof tile trends are both historical and current. However, many other types of tile roofing materials are available. These include:

  • Clay
  • Concrete
  • Cement
  • Terracotta
  • Slate
  • Fiber-reinforced synthetic

Clay and concrete are the most commonly used tile types.


Tile roofing material is one of the most expensive materials available, but it is a worthwhile investment considering all the benefits of it.

A red brick gabled house with a slate gray tiled roof.

Durable/Damage Resistant

Tile is one of the most durable materials utilized on a roof. It is a strong option that can withstand the beatings from hail, the weight of snow, high winds, intense sun exposure, or impacts from tree branches and other things.

Tile is fire resistant and naturally water shedding; therefore, with proper installation, it is not likely to melt, burn, or rot, no matter the weather conditions or incidents that may occur.


Tile comes in different shapes, sizes, and colors to fit your home’s aesthetic. The color of the tiles can be natural and muted or vibrant and bright. Regardless of which color, tile has minimal to no fading for years and years.

Air Ventilation

Underneath the installed tile, an underlayment of the roof provides moisture defense. Gaps under the installed tiles and above the underlayment add an extra barrier between the outside elements and the inside of your house. It helps insulate the home and allows for air ventilation that keeps it cool in warm and cold weather.

For this reason, tile is a good option for both hot and cold climates.

Ease of Maintenance

No matter how durable a roof may be, there are times it will inevitably get damaged. Tile roofs are no different, but generally, tile roofs are low maintenance and easy to repair.

You can replace tiles individually, which makes repairs easier. It avoids any unnecessary costs or labor needed for a partial or total roof replacement and allows for focusing on the specific tiles that need fixing.


A tile roof lifespan is the most extended lifespan of any roofing material. Longevity alone can make the investment in a tile roof worthwhile.

How Long Does a Tile Roof Last?

Longevity is one of the most significant benefits of tile roofing. Original tile roofs in Europe have been around for centuries and are still functional and in good shape.

Clay, slate, and concrete tiles have the longest lifespan of any roofing material available today. Nowadays, tile lasts anywhere from 50 to 100 years, depending on the climate of the building and upkeep on the roof. Some even refer to slate tile roofs as “forever roofs” because they seem to stand the test of time indefinitely.

Roofer standing below the edge of a gray tile roof.

How to Ensure Longer Lifespan

Tile roofs have minimal upkeep and are long-lasting, but you can take basic steps to ensure the tile roof life expectancy extends as long as possible.

Inspect the roof regularly for missing, cracked, or damaged tiles. Also, observe any build-up of debris and dirt that may need to be removed or cleaned and perform regular maintenance to keep the roof good as new.

For the homeowners’ safety and the roof’s integrity, we recommend you leave the more in-depth inspections and repairs requiring climbing to professional roofing contractors. Homeowners can stick to inspecting from the ground and recognizing when they may need professional help.

Legacy Roofing

Tile roofs are common, especially in Arizona and the Southwest, because they are durable and suitable for the climate and terrain. If you want a roof that will withstand the test of time and the elements while also adding curb appeal to your home, call Legacy Roofing.

Legacy Roofing is a team of trusted, multigenerational professional roofers who take pride in your home and work. Installing and working with tile materials is one of our key areas of expertise. We can help you choose, install, and repair the best tile roof for your home.

Call today at (928) 227-0702!

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