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As the saying goes, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Clay and ceramic tile have been gracing rooftops for thousands of years, and today continue to be one of the most durable roofing options available. With proper care and maintenance, these roofs will last upwards of one hundred years.
Clay and ceramic tile share many benefits. Both tile options are extremely durable and long lasting, and as such, both enhance the value of your home. Both are fireproof (which can lead to a possible homeowner’s insurance discount) as well as resistant to water damage like mold. They are both made of natural materials and are more environmentally friendly than some other roofing options, making them a great option for those of you going green. They are great insulators, keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter, which reduces energy consumption and energy bills.
While very similar, clay and ceramic tile roofs differ in a few ways. Clay tile requires virtually no maintenance, other than the occasional check for any broken tiles and the removal of substantial debris. Clay tile is also a bit more porous than ceramic tile, and therefore less prone to break under weight. Clay tile is only available in varying shades of earth tones, so your color options are a bit more limited.
Ceramic tile requires a bit more maintenance. Ceramic tile roofs must be re-coated every few years to keep them in tip-top shape. They are more brittle than clay tiles, making them more prone to breaking. Due to their glaze coating, ceramic tiles can come in a large variety of colors. The wide color selection makes it easy to find the perfect color for your home, allowing you the freedom to be creative and unique.
While the two materials differ slightly, in reality, they are almost the exact same. In fact, as I was doing the research for this article, I looked all over the internet and even tried calling some roofing companies here in Denver to ask for their advice… and I couldn’t find hardly anything about ceramic roof tiles. Eventually I talked to Michael Schojer from germanroofer.com and he told me they were essentially the same thing. Thank goodness for an honest person to set the record straight for me! So, whether companies call them clay or ceramic tile roofs, that’s a personal choice. However, I can promise you that investing in a clay or ceramic tile roof will be well worth the initial upfront costs, and you can be sure your roof will last a lifetime.
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