There are basically two types of roofing tile; ceramic tile and cement
tile. Cement tiles are the most common application today. They are formed
from colored cement in many patterns to simulate original ceramic tile
profiles. Ceramic tiles are made from carefully selected shales and fireclays.
They are kiln-fired into a hard, dense, frost-proof tile. Special finishes
can be added to the surfaces of the tile, as well as a multitude of glazed colors.
Bliss Roofing, Inc. is proud
to be one of the original installers of Monier Lifetile
in the Northwest. We began installing tile in the early 1970's and
over the years have developed expertise in installing concrete tile to
suit the Northwest climate. We offer several installation options. In
addition to installation per manufacture's standard specifications,
we offer installation upgrades to silver or gold installation. These upgraded
systems come with Bliss Roofing's extended labor warranties
The Bronze System installation meets the manufacture's standard tile
installation specifications. This includes:
- EPS anti-ponding foam installed at the eave lines.
- One ply of ASTM 30 lb. felt underlayment 1"x2"x4" cedar
tile battens fastened directly to the deck.
- Pre-painted metal (28 gauge or better) valley, wall, chimney base and necessary
exhaust vents for bathrooms and kitchens
- Standard Northwest profiles (Shake and Roma) in stock colors, complete
with trim tile to match.
- Tile is cut tight to hip board and sealed with roof cement
- Ridge tape is used under the ridge tiles
- All trim is tabbed and nailed
- Valleys are installed 'closed' style on double 'W' flashings
- The tiles are fastened per manufacture's ICBO report #2093
- Clean ups are optional and priced individually
- This option carries a 5-year warranty against leaks due to workmanship
The Silver System installation includes the basic specifications of the
Bronze System Installation with the following upgraded items:
- 26 gauge pre-painted anti-ponding flashing in lieu of foam at eave lines.
The advantage of this is two-fold. First, the flashing bridges the gap
between the elevated fascia and the roof sheathing. Second, it always
creates positive slope by absorbing any variations that the foam cannot.
- On lower slopes (6/12 and under), we install a double layer of felt underlayment
in the field
- In higher slopes, the felt is doubled at the eave line and offered as an
option for the field.
- The batten system is changed to elevated battens that allow the water to
flow without restriction.
- This option carries a 7-year warranty against leaks due to workmanship.
The Gold System is the ultimate installation system. This installation
includes all of the specifications and upgrades of the Bronze and Silver
- additional upgrades to the underlayment areas to prevent problems which
can arise 20 to 30 years after initial installation of tile
- Ice & Water Shield is installed at the eave line in lieu of felt. This
adheres to the anti-ponding flashing and creates a watertight seal. Ice
& Water Shield is installed up the valleys instead of 30 pound felt
- The Gold System Installation upgrades the labor warranty to 10 years.
Tile Roof Maintenance
All permanent roof systems require regular maintenance. Leaves and moss
that clog sensitive areas can cause unavoidable leaks. In the Northwest,
we often contend with several freeze and thaw cycles during winter months.
If water gets into a hairline crack and freezes, it will break tile. Often
these hairline fractures are not detectable for several years after installation.
We also have a moss problem in the Northwest. These maintenance issues
are not covered by our installation warranty. Yearly or bi-yearly maintenance
programs will help to prevent these problems and are available at Bliss Roofing.