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All About Clay Roofs

By RG Developments Wirral

Clay tiled roofs have been used around Europe for hundreds of years. Clay tiled roofs not only provide you with a contemporary roof aesthetic but also offer enhanced durability and thermal performance. New clay tiled roofs are sought after by homeowners around the UK for blending the lines between cost and durability.

RG Developments Wirral offer a complete new roofs service for all Wirral based clients. Their dedicated team of roofers can install roof tiles of clay, slate and concrete. All roof tiles are sourced from some of the UK’s leading tile manufacturers such as Marley Eternit and Keymer Tiles.

In this article we will evaluate both the positives and negatives of clay roof tiles to help you make an informed decision when it comes to picking a new roof.

The Advantages of Clay Tiles

Durability

Modern clay roof tiles are incredibly durable able to withstand large amounts of force and weathering. Even when damaged clay tiles are easily replaced unlike slate tiles.

Life Span

A new clay tiled roof can last easily upwards of 50 years. Due to their longevity a clay tiled roof will often add to a homes value. While all roofs need to be maintained clay tiles will require much less maintenance than other roofing options.

Colours, Shapes & Sizes

Clay tiles are also popular to homeowners around the UK due to the variety they offer. Your new clay tiles can be manufactured in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours allowing you to find a roof covering that perfectly suits the aesthetic of your home.

Fire Resistant

Clay roof tiles are incredibly fire resistant manufactured to perform even through the hottest temperatures. This is why clay tiles have been a go to choice for Mediterranean countries. With global warming leading to hotter summers customers around the UK people are also future proofing against this.

Little Maintenance Needed

Clay tiles require much less maintenance than other roofing types. The little need for maintenance makes them a very desirable option with even damaged tiles able to be easily replaced by an industry professional, for not a high cost. Clay tiles are highly resistant to cracking, mold, mildew, rot and strong weather events.

Energy Efficient

A well installed clay tiled roof will also improve the thermal efficiency of your home. They are manufactured with this in mind around the UK. A new clay tiled roof will help keep your home cooler in the winter allowing for additional ventilation. In the hotter summer months clay tiles also allow for adequate air flow further cooling your home. Many homeowners notice a reduction in their energy bills after a newly installed clay tiled roof.

The Disadvantages of Clay Tiles

Price

Clay tiled roofs can be expensive depending on tile size and shape. They are however much more affordable than other options such as slate.

Susceptible to Damage

Clay tiles can be damaged when walked on or under very heavy force. This can be avoided by getting industry professionals to conduct your roof maintenance and repairs.

Heavy Weight

Clay tiles are very heavy making installation on older degrading properties tougher. Some homes may need their roof supports repaired / reinforced prior to installation.

Fire Resistant

Clay roof tiles are incredibly fire resistant manufactured to perform even through the hottest temperatures. This is why clay tiles have been a go to choice for Mediterranean countries. With global warming leading to hotter summers customers around the UK people are also future proofing against this.

Maintenance Required

Like all roofs a clay tiled roof will require yearly maintenance after the first 5-10 years of installation. Clay tiles are very easy to maintain so will save you money in the long run when compared to a less durable roofing option.

Common Questions About Clay Tiles

What are the benefits of clay tiles?

Clay tiles are very durable and highly resistant to cracking, breaking, rot and any mold growth.

Are clay tiles the best roof option?

Clay tiles are a perfect middle range option. They are more durable than concrete tiles and require less maintenance than slate. Slate tiles will last longer but is a much more expensive investment than clay.

How long do clay tiled roofs last?

Clay tiles are incredibly durable a well installed roof will last upwards of 50 years with some even lasting up to 100 years. Yearly roof maintenance will always help improve the longevity of a clay tiled roof.

Do clay tiles need to be sealed?

Clay tiles will require a waterproof membrane to help protect your home from leaks and water damage. Any further sealing can be conducted to improve the longevity of your roof.

Do clay tiles crack?

Clay tiles are incredibly durable and rarely crack or break naturally, they are heavy susceptible to large amounts of weight so should never be walked on as this can lead to cracks and further damage. Older clay tiled roofs can also be damaged by very heavy storms.

Do clay tiles expand or contract?

No clay tiles do not expand or contract due to their manufacturing process. This ability to withstand large amounts of heat make them ideal for reflecting UV rays from the sun.

Do clay tiles fade?

No, it is very rare for clay tiles to fade, often clay tiles with darken over time creating a more desirable aesthetic effect.

Are clay tiles fireproof?

Yes, clay tiles are completely fireproof and heat resistant adding additional protection for your home.

How much do clay tiles cost?

Per m2 clay tiles supplied and fitted can cost you from £80-£120

In Conclusion

Clay tiles are a perfect middle range roofing option offering more durability than concrete and being much more affordable than slate. Clay tiles are completely fire resistant but will require a waterproof membrane to protect your roof from any water damage.

RG Developments Wirral are experienced in installing all roof types including clay, slate and concrete. Their dedicated roofing team can help you with your new roofing project in the Wirral area for an affordable cost. Contact RG Developments Wirral today for a free no obligation roofing quote.

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