Tile Roof FAQ's

How is clay tile roofing made?

Clay roof tile is made in the same way that ceramic tile is made – it’s fired in the kiln. At one time, most clay roof tiles were made by hand by shaping each tile around a curved surface, or even around the tile maker’s thigh! Now, clay tile is mass produced to render a more uniform appearance, and to create a relatively inexpensive product as demand for quality tile for roofs increases worldwide.

How many types of clay tile for roofs are available?

There are a number of styles for you to choose from when it comes to clay tile roofing. Among the most popular is Spanish clay roofing, otherwise known as “barrel” tiles, which are semi-cylindrical tiles that overlap each other to render a series of rows with rounded profiles.

What are the insulation benefits of clay tile roofing?

One of the reasons that clay tile roofing has been a staple material is the tendency of clay to hold in warmth and coolness, while keeping out heat and colder temperatures. The clay tile keeps a cushion of temperate air between it and the roof deck which acts like an insulative layer. This helps to keep attic temperatures more consistent, and to minimize excessive temperatures to the upper levels of your property in general.

How does clay tile roofing help my whole structure?

Clay roof tiles add stability to your structure as a whole. Also, like ceramic tile, they are fire-proof. This obviously adds to structural as well as safety benefits to all kinds of properties.

Are clay tiles for roofing waterproof?

To an extent, although it’s a good idea for you to concentrate on the underlayment when it comes to the issue of waterproofing. Make sure you’re installing your clay roof on a roof deck that is flat and clean. Roofing paper should be applied to cover the entire surface of the roof deck. This will seal the structure from moisture.

Can clay tile roofing be installed in any climate?

Clay tile roofing is generally to be considered for more moderate climates, although installations in colder areas are not unheard of. Basically, it depends on your structure to a certain degree. Particularly, it refers to how steep your roof is – the roof pitch. For rainier climates, the steeper your roof pitch, the better. This will allow proper drainage and will discourage pooling, which can become a real problem in the long term

Can I install clay tile roofing myself?

Unless you’re an experienced roofer, then we would say no. There is an element of danger when it comes to installing any kind of roofing, and it can be an even greater risk to the inexperienced. Roofs are uneven surfaces, and slips and falls happen unexpectedly and very quickly even to the experienced. In addition to this, it can save a lot of time when you hire a professional roofer which is generally worth the extra expense alone.

How do I maintain my clay tile roofing?

On a seasonal basis, make sure that leaves don’t remain on the roof – try a shop-vac or a simple once-over with a broom. For moss and algae, there are herbicidal treatments and methods which can be employed to minimize their presence. Choose products carefully, read the labels, and follow all instructions. And once again: when you’re on your roof, be very careful. Work while sitting down as much as you can, and always be aware of how close you are to the edges of your roof. When in doubt, always ask for help from the more experienced