San Antonio Roofing: Article About All About Tile Roofs
Terracotta, or clay tile, roofing is one of the oldest and most popular types of roofing in the world and has been used since 10,000 B.C. Terracotta roofs are sometimes called Spanish, Mediterranean, or Southwestern style roofs. These roofs can last for over 100 years, but they can initially be more expensive than other materials like asphalt. Their bold, eye catching color, texture and shape increases the values of homes. An experienced San Antonio roofing professional can help homeowners choose and install the best variety of clay roof tile to enhance their homes. Here's some more information about tile roofs.
Clay tile roofs are especially popular in places with warm, sunny summers because they deflect the hot sun, saving money on power for air conditioning. Clay roofs are traditionally red, which is a moderately reflective color. However, clay roof tiles are also available in lighter, more reflective colors for even more energy savings. Light colored roofs, also called cool roofs, are more reflective than dark colored roofs, so they can stay as much as 70 degrees cooler than similar dark colored roofs. This results in lower energy costs and more comfortable building interiors. Also, many tiles have a curved, three dimensional shape. These are also called mission tiles or barrel tiles.
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Spaces filled with air between the tiles and the roof decking provide extra insulation by keeping heat from being transferred from the roof to the attic.
These durable roofs are resistant to fire, mold and rot, and they can withstand hurricane force winds. The tiles also don't shrink or expand with temperature changes like wood or metal roofs. Some manufacturers apply glaze to protect the surfaces of the tiles and add more color. Many of these provide guarantees against color fading.
Clay tiles are heavier than most other materials, and many homes with tile roofs are made of strong, eco friendly stucco to support the added weight. Homeowners who want to add a tile roof should make sure a professional ensures that their roof framing can hold it. Extra support beams may be needed before installation. If a home already has this type of roof, then it should be able to support a new tile roof. Since tile roofs don't have to be replaced often, they keep materials from being thrown away and ending up in landfills. Homeowners can also help the environment by using tiles recycled from old buildings and roofs.