Spanish Tile Roof Installation

Looking to add some Spanish flair to your abode? Why not install a ceramic tile roof? Colorful and visually unique (especially when compared with common asphalt shingle roofs), Spanish tile roofs are protective, long-lasting, and beautiful. The tiles are formed from clay fired at intensely hot temperatures, creating a sturdy product that will stay strong as the years pass by. If you’re interested in learning more about this unique style of roof, please read on. We’re going to discuss Spanish tile roof installation as well as style, durability, and some pros and cons.

Spanish Tile Roof Installation

Spanish Tile Roof Installation


Roofs created from Spanish tiles can look wildly different depending on your choice of color and pattern. Although we tend to think of them as always being a burnt-orange or red color, you can find Spanish tiles in everything from black to turquoise to sage green. Most Spanish tiles are molded into a barrel shape so that they can be interlocked during installation, creating a strong barrier, but other forms are available. No matter what style you choose, the roof will likely have a smooth and romantic appearance. This style of roof best suits homes with Southwest or Mediterranean-style architecture.

Spanish tile roofs are often found in warm regions, but they’re able to stand up to colder climates as well. When you’re shopping for tiles, however, be sure to ask for products that can withstand harsh freeze-thaw cycles if that’s a concern in your region.


Unless you have a lot of roofing experience, you should leave your Spanish tile roof installation to the pros. Your roofing contractor will start by attaching an underlining to the roof using nails and adhesives. Then, wooden batten strips will be spaced evenly across the underlining and nailed down. After that, most contractors use chalk to draw horizontal and vertical lines, which they will use as a guideline when they begin lining up the tiles. Next, finally, the tiles will make their entrance! They will be hung by their lugs onto the wooden battens, beginning at the bottom of the roof and making their way up. Each new row will overlap onto the previous layer. The contractor will add in metal flashings where necessary and create gaps for water drainage.

Spanish Tile Roof Installation


Although not as popular as asphalt shingles, Spanish roof tiles are a common choice for residential roofs. Low-maintenance and durable, you can expect them to last decades without any major problems. Many Spanish roofs live past their 70th birthdays. They are made from an incombustible material, giving your home extra protection against fires, and have low moisture absorption rates. Finally, these tiles are also great insulators, so your home will stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They will add both value and aesthetic appeal to your home.

However, ceramic tiles won’t work for all homes. If you have a low-slope roof, you should talk with your contractor about Spanish tile roof installation. You may need to include a waterproofing underlayment to properly protect your roof. Ceramic tiles are also quite expensive and heavy, but because they last much longer than asphalt shingles, they might be an investment worth making.

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If you’re interested in installing Spanish roof tiles and you live in (or near) Springfield, Missouri, please give Adam Cowherd Construction a call. No matter what your roofing project, no matter what the material, whether it’s residential or commercial, we would love to help! Get a free quote today or call us at 417-877-7548.