You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Were you recently surprised by the quote you got for a tile roof in a hurricane zone? Maybe you compared the quote to one you or a friend received in a different part of the country and are confused as to why tile roofs cost so much more in areas where hurricanes are an issue. As it turns out, there are a few reasons for these price discrepancies.
Different Types of Tile
Hurricanes are very, very hard on roofs. In areas where hurricanes are not an issue, roofers can sometimes use inexpensive, composite tile. This is a really durable roofing material for the average, moderate climate, but hurricane-force winds can peel and delaminate composite tile. As such, in hurricane zones, roofers will generally recommend concrete or clay tile. Concrete and clay are much less prone to hurricane damage, but they often cost more.
For years, insurance companies have been threatening to pull out of areas where hurricanes are common. They pay out on big claims whenever a storm rolls through. Local and state governments have compromised with insurance companies, implementing stricter building codes that roofs have to meet. These codes minimize the risk of damage so the insurance company is less likely to have to pay out on a claim. However, roofers have to do the work to bring roofs up to code each time they replace them. And they charge for this work. A tile roof will cost less in an area with less stringent building codes that require less work on the part of the roofer.
Stronger Roof Deck
The roof deck is the material that lies under your tile. If your current deck is in good shape, then it does not usually need to be replaced when your new tile roof is installed. However, in hurricane zones, roofers often discover that the roof deck has been damaged. It might have cracks from strong winds, or it may show some signs of water damage from previous, wind-driven rain. Having to replace the roof deck adds significantly to the cost of a tile roof. This work is less likely to need to be done in an area that doesn't get hurricanes.
Hopefully, this article has given you some insight into why tile roof replacement costs are higher in regions where hurricanes are a concern. If you have any questions about your specific estimate for a tile roof, don't hesitate to ask the roofing company that issued the quote. For more information, contact a roofer near you.