Clay tile has been used worldwide for centuries. With superior aesthetics, durability, and longevity. Both clay and concrete roof tiles are a cost-effective alternative to other roofing products and offer curb appeal.
Most homeowners have the misconception that tile roofing is very expensive. On the contrary, over the past few years, the installed price of tile roofs has not increased as much as wood shakes or asphalt shingles. Concrete tile shingles typically cost much less than slate. Clay roof tiles cost slightly more than concrete however.
Both concrete and clay tiles are durable and outlast most other roofing materials, withstanding severe weather conditions such as fire, wind, and snow. In addition, manufacturers typically offer a 50-year warranty on the tiles.
Both concrete and clay tiles can typically be expected to outlast the building structure it protects. Tile roofs can last 50-100 years with proper building design and installation. They do not rot from rainwater damage, and they are not affected by termites.
Appearance and Versatility:
Contrary to popular belief, all tile roofs do not look Spanish. Roof tiles now come in a large variety of colors, shapes, and sizes.
Due to modern innovations, manufacturers of concrete and clay tiles can produce tiles to match nearly any architectural style, from authentic Spanish and Mediterranean to New England Colonial, historic, or contemporary.
Roof tiles can now be made flat or round, they can simulate wood shakes, and they can even be made to replicate centuries-old roofing materials. There are limitless possibilities with tile roofing, and they add value to any home.
Tile roofing materials can be produced in earth tones that can blend in with the environment, or in vivid accent colors such as blues and purples, and even white, to reflect sun and to save on cooling costs.
If variety is what you seek, roof tiles can be placed in random or uniform patterns in various colors to create a unique blended look.
Manufacturers now add pigment to the raw materials to achieve permanent coloring of roof tiles. Some manufacturers of clay tiles guarantee against fading color for 50 years.
The combined effect of the roof tiles, decking, and the air space between the tiles allows better circulation, and reduces heat transfer, resulting in decreased cooling costs. This effect also results in a decrease in ice dams in winter.
Unlike some heaver materials, a tile roof may not require much if any additional bracing as long as the home is a quality structure. If additional bracing is required, it should not cost more than a small portion of the total project.