Tile Roofs

Maintaining Tile Roofs

Spanish tile is an incredibly durable, but expensive material to use for installing roofs. There are two types of tile roofs; concrete and clay. Concrete tile roofs last approximately 50 years and clay tile roofs last 100 years. Compare that to a standard shingle roof that lasts no more than 30 years. Concrete tiles are less expensinve than clay.

Tile is used mostly in the Southeast portion of the country where there are long periods of hot sun followed by heavy rain. The rain runs off easily because of the valleys between the tiles. They are also great for coastal homes where salt air can easily erode manmade materials.

Tile roofs are an optimal material from an environmental perspective since they are made from a natural material and they remit (instead of absorb) heat, keeping the home cooler.

They are impervious to rot including insects and water damage, but they are much heavier than manmade material and therefore requires an engineer inspection to make sure the structure is strong enough to support a tile roof.

Repairs and installations of tile roofs should only be made by a professional roofer with Spanish tile experience. Repairs are time consuming and difficult to install correctly.

We have quite a few Spanish tile customers who would be happy to provide references on our behalf. If you have a tile roof, contact us at your convenience.

Michael J Harris is a tile roofing specialist and also offers fine craftsmanship in slate, shingle and flat roofs as well. You can view more roofing info here.

For more specifics on tile roofs please go here.

    About Michael J. Harris, Inc

    “Michael J Harris, Inc. is a family owned business that started in 1915, and is in their original location – 645 New Point Road, Elizabeth, NJ. Michael J. Harris, Inc. is currently owned and operated by it’s third generation owner – Michael Harris. For more about the company’s history view here.

    Today, the company is thriving and attributes it’s continued success to providing excellent craftsmanship and superb customer service in Essex, Union, Morris, Hudson and Middlesex Counties, NJ. While the company’s prices are competitive, it’s Michael’s expertise in diagnosing the exact nature of a leak, and finding the most cost effective solution for it, that makes the outcome superior to others in the business.

    Because of his in-depth knowledge he is often called in to repair other roofer’s mistakes – which end up costing a homeowner twice as much than if they had worked with him from the beginning.”

    Smallest Fleet Of Trucks Old

    “In early 2000, in response to consumer demand, Michael expanded his services to include masonry. It is a very natural extension since so many happy customers asked if he could also repair and rebuild their chimneys, walkways and steps. Now masonry accounts for approximately 30% of the business.

    Michael J. Harris Roofing and Masonry also offers additional exterior home maintenance services such as installation of new windows, skylights, railings and specialty siding. Financing available. No money upfront.” 

    Three Generations of Excellence in Craftmanship and Service

    Michale J. Harris, Inc

    Roofing and Masonry Since 1915
    Jay M. Harris
    Jay M. Harris 1915 – 1968
    Harry Harris 1968 – 2010
    Michael J. Harris
    Michael J. Harris 2010 – Present

    Company Loyalty

    A leading competitive edge of working with Michael J Harris, Inc.is the impressive experience and knowledge of their roofing specialists. They have been hired, trained and developed by Michael Harris and they only work for him.

    The Foreman has been employed by Michael J Harris Inc. for over 20 years. He is incredibly hard working and insures each customer is completely satisfied.

    Call Michael J Harris Today (908) 553-0284

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    645 New Point Road, Elizabeth, NJ 07202