Clay tiles, which reflect rather than absorb the heat of the sun, help to keep homes cool in warm-weather areas. They are also aesthetically pleasing, weather-resistant and durable, with the potential to last for many, many years. In addition, they are impervious to insect damage, rot, mildew and mold. However, they are a heavy roofing material, and require a sturdy structure to support them. Before installation, we always consult an architect to make sure a clay tile roof doesn’t exceed your house’s load capacity.
Natural slate–probably the gold standard of roofing materials– features enduring beauty and longevity. Resistant to severe rain, wind and snow, impervious to mildew and mold, and non-combustible, slate roofs are usually very low maintenance and expected to last for generations. Slate can complement the look of almost any architectural style and is available in a wide variety of colors.
Concrete tiles are somewhat more inexpensive than clay tiles. Like clay tiles, they are extremely durable, and designed to last for the house’s lifetime. Although they lack the natural beauty of clay tiles, concrete tiles can be customized to mimic the look of clay, wood shake, or slate roofs; they are also available with various pigments for a range of colors. Like clay tiles, concrete tiles are heavy, and require a strong support system.
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