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Replacing shingles with tile. Support needed?

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Hey there.

I'm trying my darndest to research tile roofing on the web, but am limited by my what little knowledge I have. So, I'm posting here to get a better idea of what I can and can't do.

Anyway, I have 1950's constructed stucco house with a hip roof. Exterior walls are block and there is a new addition to one side of the house and a garage on the opposite side.

Currently, we have asphalt shingles. But they are growing long in the tooth and need replaced. We'd like to continue with the villa feel and go with clay or cement tile. If weight will be a factor, then we may look in to metal tile as well. Hence, my post here.

I measured today and, using some long forgotten Geometry formulas, calculated the total area of the roof at 3,300 sq ft.

So far, tile's looking pretty attractive.

However, I poked my head into the attic and here's what I saw:

As you can see, I've this large open space beneath the center beam. I don't know the proper term, so apologies in advance. At a hunch (it's difficult and dirty to crawl around with a tape measure up there) I'd say it runs 20 ft x 20ft.

However, if you look at the second pic you can see some pretty good trusses supporting the bottom of the roof.

I understand that ultimately it will come down to a certified contractor checking things out before we make the final decision. I'm just trying to get some rough ideas from people with more experience than me so that I can work on a Plan B as well.

But based on the pictures above what, if any, additional supports would I need to re-roof with tile? Any brave attempts at guessing the cost (WV)?

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