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ROOFING MATERIALS: CLAY TILES FOR A ROMANTIC LOOK

ROOFING MATERIALS: CLAY TILES FOR A ROMANTIC LOOK

Viva Italia

Spanish and Italian influenced designed homes look right at home in southern California and clay tiles look perfect against the backdrop of sparkling sunshine and a blue sky. Authentic clay roof tiles add a perfect finishing touch to a Mediterranean mansion. If you want to elevate the look of your home, talk to your Orange County roofing contractor about clay. Clay tiles are so beautiful with their color ranging from deep terracotta to various shades of soft, earthy colors. To see clay in all its glory, take a trip to Italy. I guarantee you will want to take photos of roofs.

AGING GRACEFULLY

Clay roof tiles provide a great lesson in ageing gracefully. Over time they don’t fade but take on a warm patina. Clay tiles are one of the oldest and most durable of building materials and can last 100 years or more.

FIRE RETARDANT 

The fire retardant property of clay was one of the key reasons for its widespread acceptance as an alternative to cheaper thatched roofs. Who doesn’t want a fireproof roof?

CLAY IS COSTLY

Before you get too excited about choosing clay tiles for your roof renovation, they will most definitely cost you more. Clay tiles are a premium roofing material and are one of the most expensive roofing options available. Orange County roofing contractors tell us they will cost you at least 50% more than concrete tiles.

CONCRETE IS AN ALTERNATIVE

Concrete roof tiles can provide a similar look clay tiles and are considerably cheaper, however pigmented concrete loses its color over time. Clay improves over time. Both concrete and clay tiles are manufactured in a similar way. The tiles are molded before being coated except that the lay tiles are then fired at an extremely high temperature making them less porous than concrete alternatives. Clay tiles are more resistant to staining and decay than concrete because they absorb less water.

NOT ALL CLAY IS EQUAL

The quality of clay tiles can vary. Make sure that the tiles you choose will perform well in your climate. Frost and excessive cold can damage your roof tiles.

BARREL SHAPE

Clay and concrete tiles are molded into a barrel shape and their strength is reinforced by the interlocking method of installation.

ENGOBE OR COATING

To ensure that the surface color of clay tiles remains pure and will not fade, an engobe may be applied to the surface. Engobe is a white or colored slip coating that is applied to a ceramic to give it decorative color and texture. When the tile is fired, the engobe and the tile fuse together and become one. Any slow changing of color that does take place will be a steady darkening of the red color. Your roofing contractor may recommend this if your roof is going to take a beating from the hot, OC sun.