Clay Roofing: a Better Choice?
There are several reasons why clay roofing can be a better choice for your roofing needs. In this particular article, we will cover the top five reasons why clay roofing may be a better choice for you, personally. Nationwide you’ll find clay roofs installed on many historic buildings. Here in Colorado, roofers in Denver have the opportunity to install new clay roofs in upscale subdivisions besides repairing historic buildings. Clay roofs are a top notch roofing product for many locations. As a matter of fact I can’t think of too many reasons why someone wouldn’t won’t a clay roof if money wasn’t an issue.
Overall, clay roofing has a longer life-expectancy than most other types of roofing materials. This is firstly dependent on the quality of the materials used. No matter what, though, it is more dependent on the climate, weather conditions, and other natural wear and tear. However, the basic life expectancy of clay roofing is up to 50 years. That’s longer than most people even choose to live in one home. There are few other roofing materials that can match that length of time. Slate roofing may be the only other exception, but that’s not always a cost-effective option for everyone.
Clay Roofing is Not Affected by the Same Things as Other Roofing Materials
Clay roofing more resilient than other roofing materials, as it is resistant to rot and sun exposure. It is not able to be burned, and the naturally hardened composition of the clay makes it very resistant to mold and other fungi that may break down other roofing materials. On a positive note, as clay roofing ages, it is very tolerant of natural mosses. This can add to the aesthetic qualities of the roofing and show beauty through age. Clay roofs are seen throughout many sunny states in the U.S. What a great product for sunshine states.
Clay Roofing is Resistant to Insect Damage
Simply because of the way clay is, naturally, it is resistant to insect damage. There are no clay-eating or clay-nesting termites, beetles, moths or other pests. This makes clay roofing desirable to people who live in geographical areas where certain pests are a real problem. During the firing process of the clay roof tiles it is hardened and stabilized, which makes for an impenetrable barrier against all kinds of roof predators.
The shape and layout of clay roofing can make a bold statement. For most people, it is reminiscent of Europe. Linking back to Italian, Spanish and German architecture, clay roofing has been used for centuries and has withstood all kinds of wear and tear. For many, it brings a worldly feeling with it, along with it’s texture and visible density. No doubt about it, clay tiles are gorgeous.
Hail Damage to Clay Roofing?
Roofers in Denver know that it takes a large hail stone to damage clay roofing. Generally speaking the hail stones will need to be larger than 2-1/4″ before damage occurs. That large of a hailstone isn’t common in the Denver area.
There’s so Much to Choose From
Another great benefit to clay roofing is the variety of colors there are to pick from. Most people conjure and image of the typical Terra Cotta color when thinking of a clay roof. This is a common color, but do not be deceived by this stereotype. Clay roofing comes in a wide variety of colors that can enhance and beautify the outward appearance of your home.
Integrity Roofing and Painting is one of a few roofers in Denver that has experience with working with clay. There are times when our crews are not available for a clay roof install or repair. Please contact our office for current availability.