Tile is one of the most popular roofing materials for Arizona homeowners and home builders. Made primarily from clay or concrete, tile is favored for its durability, ease of maintenance, along with its aesthetic appeal as it comes in a wide variety of shapes and colors.
Unlike asphalt shingles which are affixed directly onto an underlayment barrier, tiles are secured first onto support structures (battens) which are typically made of metal, fiberglass or plastic. Battens elevate the tile off the roof deck and ensure proper drainage of rain from the roof. The tiles are then securely overlapped, creating a solid barrier against rain and other elements.
Common tile profile types include:
- Flat Profile – concrete roof tile that is flat
- Low Profile – concrete roof tile that has small curves
- High Profile – commonly referred to as ”S” tile
Because of its durability, a tile roof can last significantly longer than other roofing types. With an average lifespan from 20-40 years, tile has proven to be one of the most cost-effective choices for homeowners in Arizona.