When in need of a very durable roofing option that’s aesthetically pleasing, consider clay tiles. Clay tiles are fired in a kiln to make them stronger and colorful. Clay tiles are smooth and come in a variety of styles that can fit your roofing project. Due to its non-porous nature, clay tiles can be self-cleaning and require little maintenance.
Clay does have its drawbacks because it can be expensive and difficult to install. Clay tiles are also heavy and that’s why it is important to speak with a professional roofing contractor about the types of clay that best fit into the design of your home.
Clay Roofing Tiles
Clay roofing tiles can be shaped in many different ways and used in conjunction with other traditional or modern building materials like glass, metal roofing, or wood roofing. These hybrid installations can make your home unique and stand out.
Terracotta clay has become popular among clay users because, unlike regular clay or concrete, it won’t change color with age. Terracotta can maintain its color longer because it gets baked into the clay during the kiln process, and most terracotta artifacts still retain the color to this day.
Clay Roofing Advantages
Clay roof tiles typically do not rust, warp or corrode, which can be a huge problem with other roofing materials. Clay roofs can help homeowners to save money and the environment through energy savings. The raw materials used to manufacture our clay tiles are non-toxic. Hence, the water which runs off a tiled roof is potable.
Clay roofs are made up of all-natural materials, which allow them to last up to 100 years. Clay tiles will not burn because they are Class-A fire rated. Some users have been able to secure state and/or federal tax credits for their clay roof installation because they are energy savers.
Clay roof insulation properties help keep out undesirable noise while offering sustainability and lasting beauty. Clay roofing colors never fade and, with little maintenance, can maintain its properties, beauty, and protection from the elements.
Clay Roof Installation
Here are a few things you’ll want to consider before installing a clay tile roof on your home:
Clay Roof Maintenance
Clay tiles are very durable but need to be inspected regularly, and cracked or chipped tiles will need to be replaced immediately. Clay roofs should be washed and buffed by hand, so it can be a smart idea for homeowners to invest in a clay tile roofing cleaner who is experienced in how to keep your roof cool and looking great without causing any damage in the process.
Generally, the main issue you’ll probably face with clay tile roofing is improper fastening. There are two types of fastening systems for clay tile roofing: interlocking and overlapping tiles. Interlocking clay tiles hook onto each other, and overlapping tiles have to be nailed into place because they don’t attach. Working closely with your clay tile roofing contractor could help ensure that your fastening system is installed correctly.
Roof Sloping Degree
If your roof’s slope is less than 18 degrees, then clay roofing tiles may not be the ideal material for your home in regards to water runoff and weight. The added weight of clay tiles in combination with hanging at difficult angles can reduce the integrity of your clay roofing build, making them dangerous for yourself and others.
Clay roofs last a long time. However, the underlayments beneath them do not last as long and will need to be replaced every 20 years. Tiles will be damaged if improperly handled so you must work with a seasoned clay roofing contractor to maintain and clean your tiles and the underlying underneath to avoid bigger complications.
Clay tiles are more than twice as heavy as asphalt shingles, so it can be crucial for your roofing project to have your home evaluated by a structural engineer. If your home needs structural support, this may increase the cost of the clay roofing project tremendously. Reinforce your roof so that it can support the weight of your clay tiles.
Clay Roofing Costs
The average clay could cost anywhere between $20,000 to $50,000, depending on the specific details of your roof. Normally, individuals pay about $10 to $20 per sq. foot or $1000 to $2000 per square installed on a standard-sized home. Costs will always vary depending on your roof contractor’s pricing and the details of your project and installation.
Despite its durability, clay tile roofing is very fragile, but If properly installed, clay roofing can last decades. Speaking with the roofing professionals at Jackson Contracting can save you time and money, and help you choose the best option suitable for your next roofing project.