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Old 12-06-2011, 03:13 PM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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Hello, Just wondering what the life span of a tile roof is in Las Vegas. I have never lived in the SW but will be next year so before purchasing a home the roof question is an important one here back east. How long do they last I know shingled roof life spans but have never owned a tiled roof. Thanks for any information on this.
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Old 12-06-2011, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Louisville/Vegas
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If you don't walk on it - 30+ years

Good luck,
Croce
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Old 12-06-2011, 09:41 PM
 
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A very long time. What you have is a tar paper roof protected from the environment by the concrete tiles. The concrete tiles are indestructable except for dynamic forces. ie wind, tree limbs, walking on them.

Underneath the tar paper eventually dries out and cracks...and the roof leaks. Or more likely the adhesive under a flashing gives out and the roof leaks at that point.

Properly maintained a concrete tile roof should go 50 years. And then you can open it up and replace the tar paper and get another 50.

The only problem with my roof after 26 years is in the composite section under the AC units which leak every 5 or 7 years.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:01 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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HOAs I'm familiar with estimate the useful life of a tile roof at 50 years, for the purpose of calculating reserves.
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Old 12-06-2011, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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I think you'll find tile roofs from ancient Rome still in use...probably.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:21 AM
 
Location: In the Silver State of Nevada in Las Vegas NV
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Great post information never knew they lasted so long. This will assist me a lot during my home search and questions to ask. Smart people on this form it helps us new be's along the way to moving to Las Vegas and what to expect. Happy Holidays to all!!!!!!!!!
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Old 12-07-2011, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
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One of my homes is almost 50 years old and the tile roof is still in great shape! Had a leak about 17 years ago, a small one, got it fixed and no problems since.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:43 AM
 
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Bringing this back from the dead to ask a simple question. I was wondering why tile roofs are standard issue in Vegas. I assume it's because the fiberglass/asphalt shingles that most of the country uses would break down quicking in the desert sun/heat. Is that correct, or is there another reason?
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:11 AM
 
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I had some roofing repairs completed a couple years ago and I was surprised how brittle the tar paper was underneath (that wasn't the cause of my leak though). My roof is about 20 years old. Surprisingly my AC pad on the roof, which is composite shingle, is original and still has never leaked.

I've seen a couple homes in a neighborhood nearby built in the 80's where they stripped off all the roofing tiles and were replacing the tar paper, but only a couple.
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:24 PM
 
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We had a few small leaks taken care of on our roof when we bought the house a year ago. Roofer said to expect an average of 50 years for a tile roof, then a re-paper where they remove the tiles, replace the tar paper and re-install the shingles.

They say the key to long life is keeping debris off the roof (pine needles, etc) and getting any missing or broken tiles replaced in a timely manner.
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