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Do You Want That Mission Look For Your Home? What You Should Know About Clay Tile Roofing

Residential roofing does not have to be purely functional. In fact, roofing can have a huge impact on the overall beauty of your home. For example, consider the classic look of white plaster walls and a red-tile roof. If you are considering clay tiles for your home, here are a few things you should look at before you do so. 

Energy Efficiency

One of the advantages of installing clay tiles on your roof is that they can actually help to decrease your cooling costs. For the best results, you should insist on S-shaped barrel tiles. The ridges in the tiles create channels underneath your tiles, which allow any heat the tiles absorb to rise up your roofline to the ridge, where special vents allow heat to escape before it heats up your home. Treating your tiles with a reflective coating will further enhance their ability to deflect the sun's energy away from your home. 


Clay tiles can last indefinitely depending on the conditions in your area and how you care for your roof. Large hailstones or falling limbs can break clay tiles, so if you live in an area that is prone to violent storms, you may want to forego clay tiles. You also want to be careful with how you walk on your roof. Adding Christmas decorations to your roof can be a challenge with a tile roof in that tiles can break as you walk on them. Because of this tendency, shoveling snow off your roof can also be problematic. To limit breakage, you should step on the valleys between the ridges of your roof. Still, clay tiles are well suited for arid climates and for people who will not need to frequently access their roof. 


The difficulty in repairing a clay tile results from the difficulty in ascertaining how your tile is attached to you roof. Some tiles have hooks near the top which connect with wooden strips that attach to your roof. Other tiles must be adhered to your roof with an epoxy resin. The procedure for repairing your tiles will depend on the attachment method that installers used. Thus, you will most likely want to leave repairs up to professionals. 

Installing a clay tile roof can add value to your home, but you have to make sure that clay tiles are the right choice for your home. Specifically, you will have to consider your climate, the look you want to create, and how often you will want to access your roof. While clay tiles may not be right for everyone, they might be right for you.