Flat Roof Vs. Tile Roof: Which Is Better?

Every roofing material has its benefits and drawbacks. It’s to understand each type of roofing’s unique differences before selecting the best choice for your property. If you’re debating between a flat roof or a tile roof, here’s what you should know. 

What Is a Tile Roof?

A tile roof is traditionally made from slate or fired clay or terracotta products. However, it’s now common to modernize the tile roof concept with molded, tinted concrete instead. Roofing tiles come in many different shapes and sizes, so they’re easy to customize to your exact wishes: curved, flat, flute, and interlocking. 

What Is a Flat Roof?

A flat roof isn’t entirely flat, but it’s close. A “flat roof” is installed on a very subtle angle so that it appears flat but contains a slight slope. This slope allows rainwater to drain off the roof. It is for this reason that a flat roof is also often known as a low-slope roof. 

The exact slope is measured by the roof fall over 12 inches. For example, if a roof has a 1-inch fall over 12 inches, it’s called a “1 and 12,” or a 3-inch fall over 12 inches is a “3 and 12.” Anything under a 3-inch fall is categorized as a low-slope flat roof. 

Which Type of Roof Is Better for You?

Some homeowners prefer a tile roof, while others prefer a flat roof. Tile is only recommended for very steep roof slopes. So if your roof only has a mild pitch, it’s not a good choice. 

If you need a roof that’s easy and safe to walk on or even hold an HVAC unit, a flat roof is the best option. On the other hand, if your priorities include avoidance of structural damage caused by standing water, a tile roof is the better option. 

The flat roof style requires a unique membrane material to prevent water damage. If standing water has the chance to cause damage, repairs may be extensive. On the other hand, tile roofing, on the other hand, is more expensive but known to last over 100 years because the tile material can withstand hail, high winds, and even fire. 

Flat and Tile Roof Installation in St. Petersburg, Florida

Shon Boswell Roofing is the leading Tampa flat roofing company ready to serve your flat pitched or tiled roofing needs. We know how to find the best solution for you. Meet with an expert flat and tile roofing contractor for the quality results your home deserves. Call (727) 440-5556 to schedule your consultation.