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Denver Roofing Professionals: Pros and Cons of Clay Tile Roofs


July 19, 2017

Eyecatching. Beautiful. Ornate. These are just a few of the words you can find that describe clay tile roofs across the country. You’ll find these beauties primarily in coastal areas and in the Southwest, but they are perfect for areas that are exposed to hot weather and salt air. While clay tile roofing is decorative and long lasting, there are other factors you need to consider before you take the dive and invest. Here are pros and cons of clay tile roofs from your Denver Roofing Company.

Pros

A clay tile roof is impressive, and catches your eye when driving around the neighborhood. Clay tiles give your home an upscale, high-quality look and drastically increases the value of your home. The clay shingles are extremely long lasting and can outlast traditional asphalt shingle roofs. Clay tiled roofs are known to last at least 70 years or more. Concrete roofs are known to last a long time as well, so read up on Denver Roofing Options: Clay vs. Concrete Tile Roofs.
 
Clay tile roofs are also fireproof and non-combustible. This will add extra fire protection to your home and possibly lower your homeowners insurance because of your investment in roofing. Clay shingles help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer due to them being a great insulator. Another bonus to clay tile roofing? These shingles resist rot and insect problems. If you ever want to sell your home down the road, this roof will be a huge draw to any prospective buyer.

Cons

One of the biggest and initial drawbacks to a clay tile roof is the cost. This type of roofing is expensive. Be ready for a large initial cost when wanting clay roofing. Another drawback? Weight. There’s a reason these tiles last so long - they’re heavy! Before you start replacing your old shingles, you’ll need someone to come in and tell you where you’ll need more support on your roof due to the extra weight. Be ready to have some extra money set aside in case you need additional woodwork to support those heavy tiles. If you want to estimate how much this investment will cost you, read up on how much does it cost to install or replace a tile roof.
 
After installing your new clay tile roof, the days of walking on your own roof should be eliminated. These tiles are very fragile and walking on them will certainly break them. If you need any repairs or annual maintenance performed, it’s better to leave it to your Denver roofing professionals who can maneuver on these tiles without damaging anything. Finally, clay tile roofs take a lot longer to install that traditional asphalt roofing. This means you should be prepared for additional labor costs.
 
When it comes to clay tile roofs it’s important to outweigh the pros and cons and consult with the Roof Dr. with any questions you might have. Our expert staff has a prestigious reputation for superior and comprehensive roofing services throughout the Denver area. We would be glad to install or upgrade your roof to maximize the quality of your home and value of your property.