Tile Roofing Services
in Los Angeles, California
100% satisfaction guaranteed on all tile roofing repairs and installations. We are a professional roofing company with 30+ years of experience in the Los Angeles area. We’ll make sure your new tile roof is installed properly and exceeds your expectations.
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AJ Reyes Roofing is a highly experienced tile roofer in Los Angeles that has served Southern California communities for over 30 years. We offer a full range of tile roofing services, including:
- Complete tile roof installation, repairs, cleaning, and replacement services.
- Using top-quality materials to ensure long-lasting roofs, including CA Title 24 compliant tiles to meet the state’s energy efficiency standards.
- Excellent work ethic and worry-free installation according to the tile manufacturer’s specifications.
- A commitment to honest, quality work for the best prices, providing homeowners with the peace of mind they deserve.
Whether you need a professional tile roofer to repair your existing roof tiles or an experienced contractor for a new tile roof installation project in Southern California, AJ Reyes Roofing has the expertise you need.
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AJ Reyes Los Angeles roofing company has been a commercial and residential roofing expert in the Los Angeles area since 1995. We are professionals in installing tile, shingle, and flat roofs, and we have built a network of vendors that allows us to provide high-quality roof services at unmatched prices. Our team of dedicated, professional roofers pride themselves on delivering a high-quality service to all our customers.
When Should You Get a New Roof?
All roofs have a lifespan, and it is vital that you replace your roof when it has reached the end of its useful life. The exact lifespan of your roof depends on the type of roofing material used, the quality of the installation, and if the roof has been damaged over the years.
If you are concerned about your roof’s condition, there are some warning signs to watch out for. If you notice any damage like missing or raised shingles, or if your roof is reaching the end of its lifespan, call a professional at AJ Reyes to inspect your roof and give you a quote.
You should visually inspect your roof with the change of every season (approximately every three months) or after a large storm or earthquake. If your roof is in good condition, there should be no missing tiles or shingles, and they should lay flat on the roof with no large visible gaps.
If you notice you have cracked tiles or buckled, curled, or cracked shingles, it could be a sign that your roof is damaged. This happens naturally after years of exposure to the sun, wind, and rain, and it means your roof is due for a replacement.
Leaks or Water Damage
While your roof may look good with all the shingles or tiles intact, there could be hidden damage. Over time, water can find its way into small cracks or between improperly installed roofing materials. This water can cause damage to your home’s roof and rot your home’s frame and interior walls.
Check your attic or the highest interior part of your home for wet patches on the walls, moisture stains, peeling paint, or rafters and ceiling material that is damp to the touch after a rainstorm.
Your roof should have straight lines from end to end with no sagging or bowing at any point. This could be a sign that the decking or underlayer of your roof is damaged and in urgent need of repair.
When you visually inspect your roof, use a 12” ruler as a sight guide or a spirit level to see if the roof dips in any places. Sagging and bowing are serious issues that can lead to roof collapses if not repaired or replaced quickly. Contact AJ Reyes immediately if you find any inconsistencies in the roof level.
Mold or Moss
If your roof is not completely waterproof, damp areas of the roof or decking could cause the growth of mold, moss, or fungi. They grow in dark, moist areas and can lead to harmful moisture retention in the roof layers. While advanced mold, moss, or fungi growth can be spotted easily when visually inspecting the inside of your roof, by that point, it is often already harmful to your health.
When you inspect the outside of your roof, check for green or white fuzzy material at the seams of tiles or shingles. This is often the start of mold, moss, or fungi growth, and it is easier to fix when detected early.
Perhaps the single biggest factor in whether or not you will need to have your roof replaced is the roof’s age. The lifespan of a roof will depend on roofing materials such as:
- Metal shingles: 20-70 years
- Three-tab asphalt shingles: 15 years
- Architectural shingles: 30 years
- Wood shingles: 30 years
- Clay tile: 100 years
- Slate tile: 100 years
- Solar tile shingles: 30 years
If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, or if you have recently purchased a home and are unsure about the age of your roof, call AJ Reyes Roofing for a consultation. We will examine your current roof, decking, and roof structure for damage and let you know what type of new roof is best suited to your home.
Tile Roof Types
As a professional tile roofing contractor in Los Angeles with nearly three decades of experience, you can count on AJ Reyes Roofing to provide a wide variety of tile roof types for your property. While each tile type has its own characteristics and advantages, the best choice for your project depends on your budget, regulatory requirements, durability needs, and aesthetic considerations.
Clay Tile Roofs
A popular option is the Mediterranean tile roof, also known as the Spanish tile roof, which uses terracotta clay tiles easily recognizable by their barrel shape.
Another well-known type of clay tile roof is the Japanese tile roof, which uses special fired-clay tiles known as kawara. These roofs are characterized by their intricate designs and typically dark roof tile colors.
The primary advantage of clay roofing material is its durability. Fired-clay tiles have a low water absorption rate (6% on average), allowing them to resist exposure to rain and other weather conditions without cracking or losing their integrity.
While most reputable manufacturers guarantee their clay tiles for 30 years, the lifespan of tile roofs made from clay and installed by professionals can reach at least 50 years before needing significant repairs or replacement.
Concrete Tile Roofs
Concrete is an excellent choice for homeowners on a budget without sacrificing durability. On average, a concrete tile roof costs about 20% less than an equivalent surface in clay tiles. Concrete also offers the advantage of being easy to cut, reshape, and paint, allowing for a near-infinite variety of roof styles and custom designs.
Common materials used to build concrete tile roofs include:
- Boral Roof Tiles: Made of Boral, a mixture of sand, cement, and color pigmentation. They are typically used to imitate the appearance of terracotta for a fraction of the cost.
- Eagle Roof Tiles: These concrete tiles are made by Eagle Roofing Products, the leading concrete tile manufacturer in the United States. These tiles are reputed for their extreme durability; Eagle states their concrete tiles will last for the house or structure’s entire life.
Concrete is heavier and has a higher water absorption rate than clay (about 13%), making them more prone to developing mold or mildew. However, concrete tiles are less likely to crack and much easier to maintain.
A typical concrete tile roof cleaning job requires little more than water and a non-acidic cleaning solution. Professional tile roofing companies in Los Angeles, like AJ Reyes Roofing, can handle roof cleaning and maintenance for you, keeping your tiles free of stains, mold, algae, mildew, and other pollutants.
Flat Tile Roofs
Flat tile roofs lack curves or rolls, giving them a sleek, rectangular appearance. While flat tiles can be manufactured from any tile material, the most common choices are clay and concrete.
Selecting flat tiles over barrel tiles offers homeowners many benefits. The flat, smooth shape of these tiles makes them more resistant to cracking from exposure to cold temperatures. When properly installed by a professional tile contractor, flat tile roofs form aesthetically-pleasing clean lines, ideal for homes and construction projects with modern styling.
Interlocking Tile Roofs
Interlocking tiles use a unique design allowing each tile to lock with any other tile of the same design at the sides. Unlike traditional tiles, which require a double lap (two layers) to provide an effective seal against rain and weather conditions, interlocking tiles lock securely by design, requiring only a single lap to seal the roof.
Because interlocking tiles require only a single lap and are usually manufactured in slightly larger sizes than traditional counterparts, requiring fewer tiles to cover your entire roof than traditional options. This design makes interlocking tile roofs a highly cost-effective choice for new roofs and reduces tile roof repair costs.
Lightweight Tile Roofs
A lightweight tile is a roof tile made using synthetic, lightweight materials. First developed in the 1990s, this type of roof tile is designed to resemble traditional clay or concrete tiles while being approximately 25% to 50% lighter.
For example, a lightweight tile has an average weight of 4 to 6 pounds per square foot. A traditional clay tile weighs about 8 to 9 pounds per square foot, and a concrete tile typically weighs 9.5 to 12 pounds per square foot.
Despite being much lighter, lightweight tile is equally as durable as concrete, making it an ideal choice for older homes or buildings that cannot support concrete tiles.
Most lightweight tiles are manufactured out of materials explicitly designed to be weather-, wind-, and fire-resistant, ensuring your roof can last for several decades. They are also 100% non-porous, meaning they absorb 0% water and prevent mold and mildew from forming on the surface.
Metal Tile Roofs
Metal tile roofs are a popular alternative to asphalt shingles or clay and concrete tiles for homeowners looking for the best combination of safety and longevity. These tiles are typically manufactured from galvanized steel, such as 26-gauge steel sheets. Steel tiles can be formed into any shape; whether you prefer barrel, flat, or interlocking tiles, there is a version made of steel.
The primary benefit of a metal tile roof is greater durability and lifespan than clay or concrete alternatives. Metal tiles are incredibly durable, highly fire-resistant, and strong enough to resist the weight of a human being walking on it. Although they are more expensive, professionally installed metal tile roofs made using tiles from reputable manufacturers can last 40 to 70 years.
Most steel tiles meet California Title 24 energy efficiency standards, making them naturally environmentally friendly. They reflect the sun’s ultraviolet and infrared rays more efficiently than other materials, keeping more heat out of the house and reducing air conditioning energy costs.
Natural Slate Tile Roofs
Homeowners looking for the best longevity in their roof tiles should look no further than natural slate. The average life expectancy of a slate tile roof is around 75 years, and many individual examples of roofs with slate tiles over 100 years old.
The reason behind this longevity is due to the material’s natural characteristics. Slate is a homogeneous rock that is highly durable, dense to the point of being effectively waterproof, and resistant to virtually all forms of wear and tear. Due to its density and waterproof characteristics, slate is also a low-maintenance material impervious to mold and mildew.
The primary drawbacks of slate tile roofs are weight and cost. AJ Reyes Roofing can help you evaluate whether your home or structure can support this material. While installing a slate roof can represent a significant upfront investment, the material is so durable that you won’t have to worry about the costs to replace a tile roof.
Pantile roofs are a specific type of interlocking tile called pantiles, recognizable by their unique S-shaped profile. As interlocking tiles, they are single-lap, making them a more cost-effective choice than traditional tile materials.
Another notable advantage of pantile roofs is their suitability for low-slope roofs. In California, roofs with low slope angles fall under different Title 24 cool roof requirements than roofs with higher pitch angles.
Installing a pantile roof made of a material with a high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI), such as clay or concrete, can help you achieve regulatory compliance and save more money on air conditioning costs.
Plastic Tile Roofs
Plastic tile roofs use materials such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC). While they may not have the same visual appeal as clay, concrete, or slate, they can be produced in any shape, color, and texture, making them a suitable choice for custom roofing projects.
PVC roofing is relatively durable, lightweight, impervious to water, and highly resistant to fire and chemicals. This type of roofing is typically used on commercial buildings that release harmful chemicals via roof vents.
Quality plastic tile roofs can last up to 20 years and require very little maintenance. However, at AJ Reyes Roofing, we recommend scheduling an appointment for potential repairs after 10 years to ensure plastic material has maintained its integrity. Older PVC roofing may require repairs or re-sealing, which the licensed professionals at AJ Reyes Roofing are qualified to provide.
Reclaimed Tile Roofs
Reclaimed tiles are made of materials salvaged from an older building’s roof. They can be made of virtually any combination of material and style, including clay, concrete, slate, barrel, flat, pantile, or interlocking.
Reclaimed roof tiles are made of recycled materials and offer the same benefits as brand-new tiles for a fraction of the cost.
Roman Tile Roofs
Roman tile roofs are patterned after the imbrex and the tegula, the terracotta roof tiles used by the Ancient Romans. The tegula tile is a plain flat tile with joints on the edges, designed to be laid flat on the roof. It is designed to function with the imbrex, a half-pipe tile that interlocks with the tegula’s joints. Properly installed Roman roof tiles are fully waterproof, requiring no additional sealant.
Tile Roof FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
What are the different types of roof tiles?
Roof tiles are categorized by style and material. Roof tile materials include clay, concrete, synthetic, metal, slate, and plastic. Roof tile styles include standard barrel tiles, flat tiles, interlocking tiles, pantiles, and Roman tiles.
Which roof tiles are most durable?
Slate is the longest-lasting roof tile material, with a minimum lifespan of 75 years. Quality slate roofs can last for over 100 years.
Which tile roofing material do you recommend for California residents?
California residents looking to build new construction projects or repair significant portions of their roofs must adhere to California Energy Code Title 24 regulations, also known as cool roof regulations. We recommend materials with a sufficiently high Solar Reflectance Index (SRI) for your particular climate zone.
How long does a tile roof last?
The longevity of a tile roof depends on the materials employed and the maintenance given to it during its lifetime. Tile roof lifespans range from 20 years for PVC roofing to over 100 years for slate.
How much does a roof tile cost?
The costs of installing a roof tile depend on the materials employed and the size and complexity of the roofing project. The average cost of a typical 2,000-square-foot clay tile roof ranges from $20,000 to $40,000, including labor.
How long does a concrete tile roof last?
Most concrete roof tile manufacturers guarantee their tiles for 30 years. However, a properly maintained concrete tile roof can last up to 50 years.
How long does a clay tile roof last?
Clay tile manufacturers typically offer 30-year guarantees and an average lifespan estimate of 50-60 years. However, many roofs with clay tiles can survive even longer if properly maintained. Well-cared-for clay tile roofs can reach a lifespan of 75 years or longer.