Benefits of Tile Roofing
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Putting a roof over your house might seem like one of the simplest and most straightforward tasks you will have to do to make a habitable home. On the other hand, you can imagine a roof for a New Yorker means something quite different to what it means to a Texan…
What this simply means is that you must pay a lot of attention to the materials you use to build your roof. The best material for your roof will not simply be the most expensive or high tech. For example, a builder in the scorching sun of Central Texas might have to consider deviating from the traditional metal and shingle roofing…
So what other options are there?
It might be a little surprising, but clay tiles might just be the perfect solution.
Clay tiles have been used to seal the dignity of homes around the world for centuries and there are very solid reasons why that still stands true, even today!
Architects often utilise clay tiles to form classic and extremely robust roof designs. This can be observed in the designs of very old buildings and shelters dating back to the ancient Egyptians. Their luxurious architecture was further intensified by the vibrant colors their clay would assume. These illuminating shades of orange and brown in modern designs can be used to enhance the timeless image of the classiest homes in the world. Seamlessly giving your house the image and atmosphere of a Tuscan Villa.
The benefits are not just cosmetic. The lighter shades of clay tiles have been proven to reflect heat and keep the house cooler during the day. The roofing material achieves this by allowing cool, clean air and water to flow under the interconnected tiles, dissipating heat and maintaining temperatures at a more comfortable level.
Even so, there are things to consider before placing an order for your clay tiles.
Probably the biggest factor to consider when working with clay tiles is the weight. Clay tiles are amongst the heaviest roofing materials currently in the market. While this makes them less susceptible to heavy winds, hail and fire, it makes it vital to have strong foundations and extremely rigid and stable framework supporting the roof tiles.
Another major concern is the cost. This is also rooted in the weight problem. Clay tiles are very expensive to transport because they are heavy and quite brittle. Allowing them to clatter or stack unevenly can cause them to crack and break in-transit. This makes their packaging quite intricate and driving the delivery vehicle challenging.
Nevertheless, it does hold its own against the alternative materials. Even the more modern ones.
If you were to use metal roofing instead, you would need to consider different coating and conditioning agents to protect against rust and other forms of corrosion. Metal roofing is normally made of steel and/or aluminum, which require the additional paint for the reflective nature of bare metal and extra bracing to negate the effects of heavy winds and vibrations.
Asphalt shingles have also become a popular alternative. They offer a decorative function much like that of the clay tiles. However, they fall short in their resistance against heat in most cases. This is mostly dependent on the composition of the shingles. Some manufacturers offer a form of fire resistance. Even so, they are susceptible to strong winds due to their lighter weight.
Clay tiles have stood the test of time in many ways. Especially considering the fact that clay roofing can survive the best part of a century, battling some of the harshest conditions, year-in-year-out. This means even the zealous sun rays and moisture of Horseshoe Bay, Texas would be well suited for clay tile roofing.