The wide array of shingle options that are currently on the market for a roofing company’s client is very exciting. Now is a great time to be putting up a new home, or just re-roofing your existing home. There are so many different material choices available! Many houses in your neighborhood may still have asphalt shingles. This is because traditional asphalt shingles do have benefits. They look great and are very durable, all while being cost effective. Don’t make the default choice before you take some time to do some research on the many, many other choices out there. You never know one of those choices might be just the right fit for you. One of these options is clay shingles.
For homeowners who want to create a mood or an atmosphere a clay tile roof is the choice. This is the ideal roof for various architectural house styles. Clay tiles have been used on roofs since the ancient times, and are still common in areas around the world. Clay shingles can be found today in a large selection of styles among them flat, interlocking roman tiles, barrel, rectangular barrel, s-curved, and Italian tiles.
Any house can get a boost of interest and beauty from a clay tile roof. Clay tiles use their shape to create interesting and striking shadows that change fluidly as the sun rises and sets and the angle it shines on the roof changes. You will be the envy of the neighborhood with the bright vibrant colors the clay comes in.
The roof tiles are thoughtfully planned with two things in mind. First it is crucial that they interlock for the best chance of a successful installation. They are also designed with special channels so that they can direct water toward the roof’s gutters. Today’s tiles are each made with a mold to keep them all uniform in shape and size. After the tiles are molded to meet all these demands they are dried for up to four days. Every one of the tiles is then kiln heated. If you are looking for a special color in the tile a pigment can be add to the clay during the process. It isn’t necessary though the clay can also naturally give beautiful tones of reds, oranges, and earth tones. In addition to the pigment after the kiln process is done a glaze of black, white, yellow, silver, green, or blue can be used. Other special techniques can be used to give an aged or weathered look to the tile. With so much variation a roofing company should be able to find just the right clay tile for your home or even your business. The fact that there are so many hand done touches may make clay seem to be an expensive option, but the beauty and long lasting durability of a traditional tile roof makes the investment definitely worth it!
Tile is made in several grades. The first grade is the best fit for a northern roofing company’s client since it is resistant to the heaviest frost. The second grade isn’t designed to dip below freezing frequently although it can handle some winter weather. The third grade is found in the southern part of the country and is best installed where the weather will remain mild.
While a great choice, this roof style isn’t right for every home. Remember these tiles are much heavier than the standard asphalt option. You should always have a roofer make certain that your home will be able to bear weight the load of this roof style. This can be a benefit too; the extra weight makes a tile roof more resistant to wind damage.
If you choose to invest in this style of roof, a roofing company will show you toward a clay tile shingle that can resist salt, ice, and rain. Make your home shine in your neighborhood by using a roofing material that both compliments and adds character to the style of your home.