Tile roofing in Florida as well as throughout the country consist of two prominent types, concrete tiles and clay tiles.
Both the concrete and clay roofing tiles are available in three basic profiles with variations of each profile. The basic profiles for tile roofing are: Flat profiled tiles, small barreled profiled tiles and large barreled profiled tiles. The variations of each profile can range from surface patterns and surface textures to different coatings or coverings like glassy porcelains and acid washes.
Costs for tile roofing products can vary greatly. Generally speaking, the concrete tiles are cheaper in costs than their clay counterparts but unless you are seeking some of the more exotic high-end ceramic clay products, the costs of each can be comparable for the basic products.
Tile roofing products make for good roof coverings as long as the proper attention is paid to the underlayment and flashing systems. The installations of these roofs are governed by the acceptable methods spelled out in the "Concrete And Clay Roof Tile Installation Manual". This manual has been adopted into the building code as the authoritative source for roof tile installations. You will find that the vast majority of roof tile manufactures has signed on for acceptance and approve this manual as a guide for their products.
Clay Tile Roofing: These products are typically used with southwestern designed or European-styled homes and also on oriental architecture that utilizes the more expensive porcelain-coated clay tiles. They are beautiful and offer an upscale class appearance. They should not be trafficked for surface maintenance due to their fragile characteristics. Walking around on these tiles will break them.
Concrete Tile Roofing: The majority of the tile roofs you see in Florida are concrete tile roofing products. These tile products are made here in Florida and therefore they are easily obtained. This is in comparison to the clay tiles that have to be shipped in from other countries. The concrete tiles are far more durable due only to their composition. That said, foot traffic is still unacceptable and should be limited only to the areas necessary.