If you have a heart for history and a passion for Old World style, it’s entirely possible that clay roof tiles are the only option you’re considering for your upcoming exterior renovation project. It is, however, important to spend time researching any roofing material you are thinking about purchasing. This guide is designed to give you a brief overview of everything you need to know about clay roof tiles. Remember, though; it is still important to talk to your contractor if you have questions that pertain specifically to your project.
What is the history of clay roofing?
Clay roof tiles have existed for thousands upon thousands of years, which is one of the reasons they have such Old World charm. Historians believe that this roofing material was first used about 12,000 years ago during the Neolithic age in what is now modern China. It is presumed that clay roofing initially became popular because the tiles were fire-resistant, unlike thatched roofs, which could easily catch fire and, as a result, burn homes to the ground.
Since those ancient days, clay roof tiles have never really waned in popularity. They continued to be used by some of the world’s greatest civilizations, including the Greeks, Egyptians, and Romans, and are, of course, still a popular choice among today’s homeowners as well. Instead of being crafted by hand in this day and age, though, most clay tiles are manufactured using molds and commercial kilns.
How much do clay roof tiles cost?
Clay roofing is one of the more expensive options available to homeowners. Even mass-produced clay roof tiles are fairly pricey, with handcrafted products commanding even more money. For reference, clay tiles average between $28,000 and $40,000 for a medium-sized 2,000 square foot roof. If you cannot afford this outright, talk to your roofing contractor about financing options. Many contractors provide their clients with payment plans for large jobs of this nature.
What are the benefits of clay roof tiles?
There are quite a few perks that come with choosing clay roof tiles for your home. The importance of aesthetics, of course, cannot be overstated; some homeowners simply love the look these tiles provide and won’t settle for anything else. They evoke images of romantic Italian villas and winding European city streets, which is appealing to many people.
In addition to sheer looks, clay roof tiles generally last for an extremely long time. If you live in harsh conditions, such as hurricane-prone South Carolina, you may have to repair them from time to time, but they are likely even to outlive you! Finally, except for repairs, clay roofing requires very little regular upkeep. You can pressure wash the tiles periodically if you so choose, but otherwise, they can largely be left alone once they are installed.
What are the drawbacks of clay roof tiles?
The primary downside associated with clay roof tiles is their fragility. They can break and crack much more quickly than other roofing materials, which can lead to costly repairs. This is something you’ll need to carefully consider before you decide clay is the best roofing material for you. However, in the long run, the homeowners who do choose this type of roof feel that its appearance outweighs this con.
If you are ready to transform the look of your house with a clay tile roof, contact Hatch Homes today. Our team is excited to meet you and is ready to get started on your project right away!