Clay is one material that is synonymous with roofing tiles. There are an endless amount of clay products on the market. They vary in shape, size, style, and insulation. Regardless, clay is an extremely popular material because it is affordable and sold almost everywhere. Of course, some clay products are going to be far more expensive than others. Many modern clay roof tiles are blended with high-tech synthetics to make them more durable and energy efficient. This article compares a few of the most popular types of clay roofing tiles.
1. Natural Clay
Natural clay (or terra-cotta) is one of the most classic roofing materials all over the world. When most people think of terra-cotta roofs, they imagine Spanish or Italian style architecture, complete with the natural pink clay coloring. The subtle pinkish hue in most clay is actually neutral and can complement most home styles.
However, it is important to realize that natural clay can absorb moisture and become brittle over the years. Therefore, it doesn't have the longest lifespan. Most clay roofs that don't have a finish or texture are only going to last about 40 years.
2. Glazed Clay
If you want something that lasts longer, you can invest in a glazed clay product. Basically, a thin but protective glaze is put on top of the clay. You can find products that have a clear glaze, so you can still enjoy the natural pink hue. However, there are also tinted and colored glazes. You can find a clay that is painted in pretty much any color. While painted glazes are more popular for decorative interior tiles, they can still look great on a roof if you want a bold style.
3. Hybrid Clay
These days, many clay products are hybrids. That is, the base of the tail is clay, but it is coated with an outer synthetic shell that adds to the impact resistance and insulation of the product. Usually, the synthetic shells are powder coated onto the top of the clay. They are similar to a glaze, except they are rougher and more hearty. They also often have a unique texture or finish to make them look more natural.
Many hybrid clay products come in different sizes and shapes. That is, they don't necessarily have the look of Italian or Spanish tile roofs. You could find a hybrid clay product with the shape and finish of a wooden panel. These products are popular because the fake finishes look great, and they have better lifespans than most natural products.
For more information, contact a company like Danny Odom & Son Roofing.