Clay roof tile is the worlds most widely trusted roofing material dating back as early as 10,000 B.C. It has graced the roofs of homes, houses of worship, universities and commercial structures of the past to the modern day.
Clay roof tiles are fabricated from natural earth materials that are in no danger of being depleted anytime soon. Plus, they are manufactured with no chemical preservatives. And if the time should ever come to replace a tile roof those tiles can go straight into the recycling bin to emerge someday as new tiles or some other products.Of the many advantages of clay tile roofing, it durability is probably the biggest one. Any roofing material that can last for over 100 years has to be good! Another advantage is that it is available in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors, unlike regular shingles, adding more character and interest to the appearance of your home. It also has reflective properties, which help to increase the efficiency of heating and cooling systems. This type of material is not susceptible to mold or rot, can withstand hurricane-force winds, and does not shrink and expand with the temperature like wood and other roofing products.
And there is one thing you can never put a price on how good a clay tile roof looks on your house. Clay Tiles roofs are not only historically appropriate for many high-styled homes and buildings, but they look spectacular on just about any structure.
Disadvantages: As wonderful as clay tile roofing is, it does come with disadvantages as well. The first is the weight of the individual tiles. If your home already has this type of roof, then the roof was built strong enough to support it. However, if you are installing them for the first time, you need to be sure that your roof can support the weight. You may need to add support beams before beginning installation. The other real disadvantage is the cost. Though much more expensive than other types of roofing materials initially, the fact that they probably will never need replaced should be considered. Concrete tiles with many of the same properties are available as well. Many people choose this as a substitute for clay.