Concrete tile roofing products are by far the most used here in Florida. Their popularity is growing all the time. This is due in part to their availability and durability. Though the manufacturers are worldwide, these roof tiles are generally made in the same states they are used. They are produced in affordable high production plants that are able to save costs with availability and delivery.
Concrete tile roofs weather very well but do have a tendency to gather mold and dirt on their surfaces. Though these are not degrading factors to the life of the system, they do change the acceptability of the appearance of the tile roof itself. The climate here in Florida promotes the growth of mold on the tile just as the nature of the concrete itself provides an excellent surface for the mold to attach itself.
Most communities have requirements that compel a homeowner to maintain an aesthetically pleasing roof surface. This is taken care of by pressure washing the entire concrete tile roof surface. Even though the concrete lends itself far better to withstanding foot traffic, care must be taken as the roof is traversed. You should always expect that there will be some breaking of the tile every time they are trafficked. Broken tiles must be repaired.
Concrete tile roofing products typically come from the manufacturer with a 50 year limited warranty. It does not cover foot traffic and it does not cover the installation system. It will assure you that the tile will not degrade from normal environmental effects. The life of any tile roof
rests with the installation system. The installation system consists of the quality of the underlayment used, the attention paid to the flashing details, and the attachment method used for the tile.
The most popular concrete tile roofing manufacturers are: Monier Lifetile a Boral Roofing company, Hanson Roof Tile, Eagle Roofing Products and Entegra Roof Tile. Each of these companies have one or more production facilities right here in Florida.