Whether you choose clay tile or concrete tile for your roof system, each material has its pros and cons. Among the issues to consider are climate, practicality, and cost. To help you determine if tile roofing is the right choice for your home, we’ve provided the pros and cons of each material.
What Climate Issues Are There to Consider?
Both concrete and clay tiles have certain climate issues that must be addressed. More porous, depending on manmade materials, and rated for lower duty times, concrete tile roofing and other concrete-based add-ons are subject to rather high moisture absorption and subsequent mildewing possibilities. Furthermore, concrete tiles are rather heavy, and this affects both the application of the tiles themselves and the construction of the building supporting them. While concrete tiles may last 30-50 years, they may not be the best choice for an old building .
Clay tiles are comprised of natural materials baked at stunningly high temperatures to create products that are both durable and beautiful. Often chosen for their beauty and visibility, clay tiles offer astounding aesthetic possibilities for buildings, but they are prone to damage associated with specific weather conditions. In fact, clay tiles are rarely found in cold climates where rapid freezing and melting stresses the materials to crack or break the tiles. For this reason, clay tiles are most often used in warm climates, and this leads to their being associated with certain styles and looks, such as those found in the Southwest and sunny, ocean environments. Natural composition and high-heat baking offer true durability in recommended climates, and clay tiling may last over 100 years.
Natural Materials for Presentation, Durability, and Sustainability
A lifespan of 30-100 years makes concrete and clay tile roofing a natural choice for many builders who prize beauty and presentation. Additionally, concrete and clay tiles are also sound choices for sustainable building with a low-impact on the environment. Concrete tiles are composed of sand, cement, and water, and clay tiles are constructed of easily accessible clay. For those for whom cost is the lowest priority and temperature is not an issue, clay is often the go-to for quality and sustainable design.
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