Clay tile has proven with the test of time that it is an elite roofing material, with a lifespan lasting anywhere from 50 to 100+ years, and often coming with a 50 year warranty. Throughout its lifetime a tile roof offers great water shedding, protection against hail, and because it is a heavier material it does very well under the stress of high winds. Clay tile also has a Class A fire rating, making it one of the safest roofing materials to use, while also acting as an excellent insulator, doing well to keep your attic a moderate temperature.
Because of how well clay tiles are at protecting against the elements, some insurance companies will actually lower home insurance premiums due to having a clay tile roof. However because a clay tile roof is a lot heavier than asphalt shingles or wood shakes, your house could require additional bracing before it is able to hold a tile roof. While newer houses can likely hold up to the tiles weight, many older homes do not have adequate bracing.
Installing a clay tile roof should be left to professional roof installers particularly those with experience with clay tiles. And because clay tiles can still be brittle, repairing clay tiles should be left to those professionals as well, because walking on other tiles to repair a single tile can lead to further damage. However, once you have someone experienced to replace them, clay tile roofs are easy to repair as single tiles can be replaced easier than with many other materials.
A tile roof can come in all kinds of styles and colors. Spanish and Mediterranean are the most common styles, particularly in the southwestern regions of the country, however there are several others to choose from. If these traditional styles don't appeal to you, tiles can even replicate a slate or wood shake roof. And once your clay tile roof is installed, most quality materials will maintain their color for years to come without fading keeping you proud of your new roof.
Clay tile is one of the most environmentally friendly roofing materials. Tiles can be taken to be recycled, where they will be re-baked and used for another application. And while installation of a tile roof is expensive in both material and labor, the low maintenance and long life make a tile roof a great value for homeowners.
CLAY ROOF TILE PROS AND CONS
Clay Roof Tile Pros: Durable, maintains color well, protects well under most climates and weather conditions, low maintenance, great value
Clay Roof Tile Cons: Costly up front, may require additional bracing due to heavy materials.