Tile: Not Just for the Inside

Q. I have been replacing the roofing on most of my house with architectural-grade asphalt shingles, which I hope will outlast me — I’m 75. However, on a recent trip to Europe, I saw no asphalt shingles. Most roofs were red tile. It looks as if tile roofs hold up the best and slate has a few problems. The tile is not fastened; it stays there with its own weight. I started to wonder about becoming the only local resident with a red-tile roof.

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