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One of the most popular roofing you could find is clay tile roofing.  These are known for their toughness and longer life expectancies. One of the most common problems with these types of roofs is that they start changing color with time. They usually get darker with age, so you may need to prepare for that before installing clay roof tiles. However, if you choose to use terracotta as the material for your roof, you may be able to dodge these problems. This is because terracotta allows the material to retain its color throughout its age as it is made into clay.


The beauty of having a clay tile roof is that it can be integrated with any design that you might have for your home. It can also be combined with other materials like glass, metal, and wood roofs, which can give your house a distinctive look. What’s more is that these materials retain their properties and warm tones for more than a century. It is a primary reason you see plenty of antique properties with clay tile roofing, which are still standing strong! The only part of such roofs that need to be replaced is the underlying flashing.

Clay has an inherent property of absorbing heat, which could be really helpful during colder weather. During the daytime, the clay can absorb the heat, and during the nighttime, that helps keep your house warm, thus saving you a lot of money against heating costs. However, you must know that the clay roof tiles do not perform well during rainfall because of their property to absorb water. Flashing is the most water-resistant material in such roof systems, and so those must be installed well.


With all that said, a clay tile roof is fire resistant and will not burn easily. This could help you reduce costs on your insurance since having a fire-resistant roof makes your house less of a liability. You might also get some kind of tax credit since your house will become energy efficient, helping you save even more money over time. You might also want to consider the degree of slope of your roof before deciding to go for clay tiles. If you have less than 18 degrees of tilt, you might not want to go for these types of roofs since a flatter roof would allow the water to stay on the roof, which is not suitable for clay as a material.

It is a well-known fact that clay roof tiles carry more weight than other materials. Despite the durability, these roofs are not easy to install, and we do not recommend doing this yourself. Any unprofessional gap left in the roofing could allow water to seep through the roof, causing leaks, which might weaken your structure in the long run, making it dangerous as well.