Clay Tile and Slate Roofing

Clay Tile and Slate Roofing

Clay tile and slate is commonly chosen for its appearance.

Tile is often chosen for the ability to provide homes with a southwestern, Italian or Spanish Mission look, and slate is often seen on more upscale homes. They are natural substances that won’t burn or be as affected by the elements or insects as would organic material. However, they are extremely heavy and cause significant stress on your home’s structure. This puts your home at risk in the event of seismic activity or weakness caused by fire. Installing clay tile or slate on an average home can be very expensive due to the complicated nature of the installation and the cost of the material itself.

One common finding when installing clay tile or slate is that extra roof support systems are needed due to the extremely high weight of these materials. Even with the added support, the weight of these materials can contribute to a total building collapse in the event of structural fire or earthquake. It should also be noted that both tile and slate are very fragile, as they can crack and break if walked on. This can make regular maintenance such as cleaning out gutters or painting difficult. If the tiles loosen in high wind situations, they may blow loose and cause damage to other structures.

Colors can fade significantly over time and there is a high cost associated with replacing them. Installing clay tile or slate on an average home can be very expensive due to the complicated nature of the installation and the cost of the material itself.