Champaign Roofing: Article About Clay Tile Roofs
Champaign roofing professionals appreciate the longevity of terracotta roofing tiles. Terracotta has been used as a roofing material for millennia. Every major society from the Egyptians to the Greeks to the Chinese to the Romans used terracotta as a roofing material. Larger European cities like London required its residents to use terracotta on their roofs because of its fire resistant qualities. Terracotta is currently associated with Spanish and Italian architectural styles. However, they work well with just about any building type.
The benefits of terracotta roofs include the fact that they are attractive, water impermeable and extremely durable. Terracotta is a natural material made from clay that is heated until it becomes a hard surface that can withstand snow, water, salt air and drastic changes in temperature. Terracotta tiles are fireproof and can last for more than a century if they are well maintained. They are easy to recycle and have little impact on the environment.
A clay roof is generally red, and this is a relatively reflective color. Since it is a light roof, it has a high reflectance and emissivity rate. An asphalt roof can reach temperatures in excess of 150 degrees.
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A terracotta tile roof will be up to 70 degrees cooler, which leads to lower energy costs during the summer and keeps the interior of the home more comfortable.
The American Society for Testing and Materials has divided clay tiles into three specifications. The first grade is designed to withstand freezing temperatures. They can be used anywhere in the United States. The second grade can withstand moderately cold temperatures, but they are less resistant than grade one tiles. Finally, grade three tiles are only recommended for areas like Florida and Southern California, where the chance of freezing is very unlikely. The ASTM also judges clay tiles on their ability to withstand stress. This includes heavy rains, hail storms and the stresses associated with installation.
Clay tiles are available in a wide range of sizes and shapes. They are designed with an interlocking system that helps them stay in place on the roof and prevent moisture and other precipitation from slipping in under the tiles.
One disadvantage of clay tiled roofs is that they can only be installed by professionals. They require more roofing materials, and they are heavy, so they may require a roof to be reinforced to support the weight.
Clay tiles are an attractive alternative for homeowners who are looking to spice up the appearance of their roof while maintaining the integrity and durability of their home.