CLAY TILE ROOFING
is a time-tested roofing solution. It’s used around the world not only because of its functionality, but also because it looks great. Clay gives homes an unbeatably warm texture, and a style you won’t find in any other roofing material. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of this uniquely beautiful roofing solution.
Clay tile is durable, energy efficient, and as we mentioned, beautiful. Plus it’s relatively easy to replace tiles. Clay tiles can last up to 75 years or more, and that’s a number that’s only surpassed by slate roofing. Plus, clay tiles are energy efficient. The clay naturally reflects sunlight, and they allow for some airflow between the tiles, which can reduce cooling costs for your home. If you have a cracked tile, it will require replacing, but tiles can be swapped out with relative ease — just be sure to hire a professional, since other tiles can be damaged as repairs are performed.
As far as aesthetics go, clay tiles just look great. Clay is a popular choice with stucco homes, and homes that have natural exterior facade materials. If, for instance, you have a stone, wood, or brick home exterior, clay tiles enhance and accent that natural look. Clay tiles are available in a variety of colors (depending on the clay from which they’re made), as well as shapes (which can give your roof a different texture).
Clay tiles are expensive, heavy, and delicate. Although clay tiles can last for decades on end, you’ll have to be very cautious if you need to get on your roof. Clay tiles aren’t built to handle the weight of someone moving over them, so roof repairs should be performed with caution. Be sure to speak with any technician that may be working on roofing vents, chimneys, pipes, or any other facet on your roof.
Due to their weight, clay tiles can only be built on roofs that can handle heavier loads. Clay tile roofs tend to weigh between 9.5 and 12 pounds per square foot, and that number is several times heavier than asphalt shingles (which weigh in at 2.5 to 4 pounds per square foot). Consult your building documents, or speak with a trained roofer to determine whether or not your current roofing structure can support the weight of clay tiles.
Clay tiles are also more expensive than asphalt shingles and wood shakes, but they’re less expensive than slate tile roofs. Clay tile roofs tend to cost $800 to $1,000 per square for material costs (a roofing square is one hundred square feet). Due to its cost, clay tiles are often the best choice for those who aren’t planning on selling their home any time soon.