Roofs made of clay or terracotta tiles are ideal for homes. This type of roof also goes well with a stone or brick cladding. This is a roof choice suitable for most traditional or modern architectural styles
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However, when it comes to choosing a roofing material, there are many other options, which you can choose from as well.
Is Terracotta Tile the Right Choice for Your Home?
We asked our experienced team of roofers to share their thoughts on this issue. Here is the result of this brainstorming.
Benefits of a traditional tiled roof
First of all, besides its appearance, this type of material remains intact for a longer period. The tiles will not rot and are fire and insect resistant. In addition, they are resistant to heavy rains, thermal variations (freeze/thaw), and other extreme weather conditions.
Terracotta tiles can last for decades. Moreover, these tiles require little maintenance to stay in good condition. Click here to know how to clean roof tiles in the most suitable way.
Terracotta is a material known to humans for thousands of years. And since today's roofing products make use of the same materials, you can rest assured that the tiles have a long life even in the climatic conditions of North Carolina.
Clay has top insulating properties, as it allows air to circulate freely. With clay tiles installed on the roof, the indoor temperatures stay cooler during summers and warmer during winters, courtesy of the ventilation.
Disadvantages of a tiled roof
Perhaps the biggest drawback to terracotta tiles is the weight. They can be heavy, so additional roof support may be needed before installation if the frame is a bit weak.
This, of course, increases the cost of replacing the roof – and these tiles are already more expensive. However, in the Liège region, many houses built over the past decades have been designed to support heavier roofing materials such as tiles.
Some tiles can also be fragile. Anyone who climbs on the roof, perhaps to maintain the chimney or gutters, must walk with care or risk breaking tiles. Fortunately, they are extremely easy to replace.