Tile roofing is beautiful, but not waterproof. Tile roofing is a watershed and a
decorative roof covering. The actual waterproofing is provided by the
underlayment, or felt paper installed underneath the tile. Some felt is organic,
but all deteriorate over time, especially in the "New Mexico sun". This
usually takes 12 to 20 years, depending on several factors, and then the felt
must be removed and replaced .


Tile Roof

Both tile- clay and concrete are considered durable roofing materials. Mission and Spanish-style round-topped tiles are commonly used in desert areas.  Flat styles are also available to create French and English looks. Tile comes in a variety of colors and finishes and, when compared to other roofing materials, tile is quite heavy. If you are replacing another type of roof system with tile, you will need to verify that the structure can support the load.

A tile roof is one of the most sound investments you can make when purchasing a home or re-roofing your current residence. Tile roofing is growing in popularity due to its many architectural and color choices available, its energy efficiency, durability in hot and high wind climates, and its limited maintenance needs.

The initial cost of having a tile roof installed is more expensive than shake or asphalt shingles.  However,  over the life-span of a tile roof, wood shakes and asphalt shingles would have to be replaced 2-3 times.

Why Choose Tile?

  • Tile roofs have great fire protection.
  • Tile roofs have an exceptionally long life and durability.
  • Tile comes in a wide variety of styles and colors.


  • Tile roofs can be very heavy.
  • Tile roofs rely on underlayment which usually fails before the tile.
  • Tile roofs are more expensive than other steep-slope options.