How Long Does a Tile Roof Last?


Looking to add a bit of uniqueness or architectural flair to the exterior of your home? A tile roof could be a great way to do so. The next step in this decision may be to look into the pros and cons of selecting this material, including how long it will last. And luckily, we’ve got some answers to help!

From concrete to cement to terracotta, any type of tile roof is known for longevity. If properly installed and carefully maintained, a tile roof can last up to 50 years.  

One key characteristic of tile is that it is highly damage-resistant: it will resist fires and stand solidly even through a raging storm (a storm that may wreak havoc on another type of roofing material).  

However, it’s important to note that the quality and maintenance of the felt underlayment placed below the tile during installation is a key factor for longevity. The underlayment tends to wear down faster than the tile, and will likely need to be replaced every 20-30 years. When considering that the roof could last around 50, we find that it’s a safe assumption to include in your plan from the beginning some repair or replacement happening mid-life of the roof. To make the felt underlayment last as long as possible, talk with your roofing company about how they will prevent moisture from getting trapped between the felt and the tile (which can lead to mold and mildew).

A final note we’d like to include is in regard to general maintenance. If tree limbs, leaves, and other debris are not periodically removed from the roof, its lifespan will shorten. The roofing system should be optimally installed for water to flow down and off of it, and any debris that gets in the way of this is not your friend. As with any significant purchase you make, attention to maintenance should not be neglected.

If you keep these tips in mind, a tile roof can be a great long-lasting roofing option for your home!

At Eads Roofing, we’re more than happy to sit down with you and chat about the best roofing options that meet your needs. Please give us a call if you’re interested in learning how we could inspect, repair, or replace your roof.

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