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Spanish Tile Roofing 2018-03-06T18:05:59+00:00

Residential Roofing – Spanish Tile

Are you building a new home? Facing major roof damage and need to undergo a large-scale roof replacement project? During your research into these projects, you may have come across the term “Spanish tile roofing” on several occasions, but do not have a solid sense of what the term means.

This article will provide you with a description of Spanish tile roofing, as well as their uses, benefits, and drawbacks.

Relatively uncommon in the United States until recently, Spanish tile roofing is constructed in the shape of an “S”, giving roofs with Spanish tiles a wavy and aesthetically pleasing silhouette.

Made of clay, the tiles can be found in both red and a burnt orange, and more exotic colors such as purple and blue are available upon special order (although these are not considered to officially be “Spanish tile roofing”). Additionally, Spanish tile roofing can be found in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, constructed as either one or two piece tiles.



Clay tiles in general, and Spanish tile roofing in particular, are designed to withstand intense rainstorms and can be particularly useful in the southern and eastern United States, also being hurricane resistant as a result of their defense against water. Similarly, Spanish tile roofing can be of some protection during tornadoes and high-velocity hurricanes, as they are the only roof system that is rated to survive 125 mph winds.

Spanish tile roofing also has a Class-A fire rating, meaning that they are fire-proof. This can be very useful in places that suffer repeated wildfires, such as California and much of the mountain region.

These tiles are also incredibly energy efficient, leading to stable temperatures and a lower electricity bill! This is also great for the environment, as it reduces your home’s CO2 emissions.

Spanish tile roofing is also a very durable material and can be expected to outlast your ownership of your home. Most manufacturers provide a 50-year warranty on their Spanish tile roofs and they can last in excess of 100 years. This durability, weather protection, energy efficiency, and aesthetic beauty all combine to make Spanish tile roofing one of the greatest roofing options on the market.


The major drawback for Spanish tile roofing is that it is much more expensive than composite tiles or even metal roofing. In addition, the roofing material itself is very heavy, meaning that it requires a great deal more structural support than composite tiles. This need for additional support and structure, combined with the added complications involved with laying a roof in this material, combines to make Spanish tile roofing installation a complicated and expensive project.