Especially if you live in a warm, coastal area, clay tiles may be one of the materials you're considering for your home's roof. Its orange color fits in well with the Spanish-inspired architecture that is so common in these areas. However, clay tile roofing is not necessarily the right choice for every coastal homeowner. Here's a look at two situations in which it is a great choice and some situations in which you might be better off considering other materials.
Clay Tile Is a Great Choice If…
You're worried about durability.
Few materials last as long as clay tile roofing. The NAHB rates clay tile as having a life expectancy as 100 years or more, which is just as long as slate -- another material that is well known for durability, but is not so common in coastal areas due to its more traditional look. If you never want to replace a roof again and plan on staying in your home for the rest of your life, clay tile will ensure that's possible.
You want to increase your home's resale value.
If you are thinking of selling your home any time soon, a clay tile roof will increase your home's resale value. Not only will it make your home seem more "fashionable" in an area where clay roofs are a popular choice, but it will also ensure homeowners that they won't have to worry about roof maintenance for a long time. Some buyers may be exclusively looking for homes with clay roof, so you'll only grab their attention with this feature.
Clay Tile May Not a Great Choice If…
Your home is older and you're not sure about its structural integrity.
Clay roofs are heavy. Your home's foundation and walls must be strong in order to support this style of roof. If your home was originally built with a lighter roof material, like cedar shingles or metal roofing, it may not be able to support a clay roof. You'll need to have a structural engineer look at it to be sure.
You want to do your own roof repairs.
Though clay tile roofs rarely need repairs, there are times when a tile breaks due to hail damage or a branch falling on the roof. Without extensive training, you won't really be able to repair the roof yourself as you would with asphalt shingles or cedar shakes. There are special precautions to be taken to avoid breaking other tiles in the repair process and to ensure tiles are sealed properly. On the other hand, if you plan on leaving all repairs to the professionals anyways, then this won't be an option.
For more information, talk to a professional like Burke's Roofing.