Reno’s Roofing offers the highest standard in tile roofing for new and re-roof options. Roofing tiles come in concrete and clay options. Durability, cost, and the look are all factors in choosing the tile. The tiles also come in many different styles (listed below), along with different weights per tile, depending on the load ability of the home. All tile roofs come with a lifetime warranty and are class “A” fire rated. The underlayment and metal flashing are equally as important with the tile, as they are the waterproofing membrane in a tile roof system.

RE-ROOFING VERSUS NEW ROOF WITH TILE- While the tile on a roof can last for a lifetime (50+years) this does not mean the roofing system will be leak and problem free. In most cases, a tile roof is only as good as its underlayment and flashing system under the tile. The average life span of most underlayments used is 30 years. So in most cases where the tile is still good but the underlayment has gone bad, it is time for a tile re-roof. The term tile underlay or R&R (remove & reset) apply to re-roofing an existing tile roof which is very common and cost-effective. Since the cost of tile is expensive and there is no need to change the tile, just the underlayment, this method is common practice. All the tiles are removed and placed on the roof in stacks. Then the underlayment is replaced with a new high quality underlayment along with metal flashings. Then the tile goes back over the roof and any damaged old tiles are replaced. The underlayment used, along with the flashing detail and correct ventilation, is a crucial part of a complete waterproof system. Please see below for more information on the waterproofing components.

TILE TYPES AND STYLES- There are many different tiles that that have been around many years. Tiles do weigh more than traditional wood shakes and asphalt shingle roofing systems. Heavy weight tile is usually 8-10 lbs per square foot. Light weight tiles are 6 lbs per square foot and are made to be used on homes that cannot support the heavy weight. The disadvantage of lightweight tile is they are not as durable and cost more. Tiles come in many different styles, below are the most common:

  • Spanish tiles (1 and 2 piece)
  • Mission tiles
  • Barrel tiles
  • Shake tiles
  • Semi-shake tiles
  • Slate tiles

SLATE TILES - A natural slate roof is stone, pulled from the earth and worked down into shingles, and is incredibly durable, waterproof, and fireproof. This is the most expensive roof option on the market but comes with an incredible appearance and durability that is unmatched.

UNDERLAYMENT - One of the main key components of a properly installed tile roofing system is the protective layer of underlayment. The minimum underlayment to pass city inspections vary depending on the scope of work, but usually one layer of 30 lb underlayment is required. Most common options are 30/40 lbs underlayments, which sometimes also double up on a roof to provide more protection. In recent years, with the help of technology, a new underlayment has hit the market called synthetic underlayment. Synthetic underlayment has a tough and durable construction with an extremely high tear strength compared to felt. Also they are much lighter and can help the installation process to be much faster. Simply put, synthetic underlayments are tougher, lighter, and safer and repel water much better than traditional felts.

SECONDARY PEEL & STICK UNDERLAYMENT - Peel and stick underlayment is stuck to the plywood with a strong adhesive on every square inch of the surface. It can be the used as the primary underlayment for the roof or a secondary membrane in areas that are more prone to leakage. Using a standard synthetic underlayment on the roof along with a peel and stick underlayment in areas such as eaves, valleys, chimneys, and low slope areas is the best solution for a complete roofing system.

METAL FLASHINGS - The metal flashing installed on a roof play a key role in making sure the roofing system is waterproofed correctly. Flashing helps direct the flow of water around openings. Since water can seep into your home's walls, deteriorating building materials, causing structural damage, and creating moisture and mold problems, it is very important to properly install flashing when constructing a new house or altering the exterior of a house. Making sure that all area such as pipes, valleys, chimneys, skylights, roof to wall, rake, and eaves are all flashed is a crucial detail in a complete roofing system

VENTILATION - It’s pretty simple: ventilation is the flow of air through a system of intake and exhaust; for example, a window and a door in a room. When installing a new roofing system or doing a re-roof, the correct ventilation installation will allow the roofing system and attic to simple breathe. Hot and cold air that is trapped under the roofing system and in the attic can damage the roofing and cause moisture issues. Ventilation will also keep the home cooler in summer months and save on energy costs. Common roofing ventilations are dormers, soffit vents, solar vents, turbine vents and ridge vents. Ventilation products are a key in a roofing system if used correctly with an intake and exhaust per the correct volume of the attic.

WARRANTIES ON TILE ROOFING SYSTEMS - Reno’s Roofing sets a higher standard of warranties for tile roofing systems. All materials come with a standard material warranty which is provided by the manufacturer. All tile roofs come with a labor/craftsmanship warranty for a minimum of 10 years from Reno’s Roofing. For the customers looking for the very best warranties, 15-20 year labor warranties are available as well. Please see the warranties section on the home page for detailed information