Jerry Franks, a veteran home builder and vice president of construction services for Park Square Homes of Orlando, is nearing completion of 400 plush, semi-custom homes for the upscale Belmere community in Windermere, Fla. He knows from experience that quality roof tile installation is crucial in areas that sustain extreme weather.
"We are currently using Hanson Roof Tile in five resort communities and completing the last home in the Belmere community," Franks said. "Tile roofing will cost between $7,000 to $10,000 more than conventional asphalt shingles, but the value added truly exceeds the cost to the buyer."
Franks points to the many benefits of roof tile - including environmental, economical, aesthetic and safety advantages - calling it a natural choice for homeowners looking for optimum beauty and value in home construction.
Concrete roof tiles are affordable and available in a wide range of colors and color blends. One-color, blended colors, or a combination of roof tile shades can be mixed to create uniform or random patterns, offering homes a distinctive look. While most commonly thought of as red and round, concrete roof tiles are available in a wide array of colors and profiles that can emulate the appearance of clay, slate and cedar shake roofs to accommodate a variety of architectural styles.
Park Square Homes in Belmere range in price from $228,099 to more than $300,000. The focus of the gated community is its clubhouse, which overlooks the water and features an eye-catching tile roof. Belmere's club amenities include a pool, sauna, exercise room, basketball court, children's playground, and two tennis courts. All homes have brick paved driveways and concrete tile roofs.
Roof tile is not only beautiful - it's durable. Virtually maintenance-free, tile roofs do not rot in wet climates and are pest- and fire-resistant. Concrete tile also has excellent insulating properties. Tile roofing systems are built to last - many leading manufacturers offer a 50-year limited warranty - and, with proper installation, remain one of the most durable and cost-effective roofing options in high-wind climates.
This year's hurricane season will follow one that that set records in wind speed and property damage. Deerfield Beach, Fla.-based Hanson Roof Tile says concrete roof tile is one of the roofing materials proven to withstand wind speeds in excess of 125 mph in full-scale wind testing.
During a time when many roofing contractors have been busier than ever due to a devastating hurricane season, Hanson has responded to meet demand by shipping replacement roof tile to Florida from its West coast facilities and has announced the first hires for its new 120,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Sanderson, Fla.
For more information, visit www.hansonrooftile.com.