Clay tile is a durable, long-lasting and low maintenance roofing option. The tiles are available in a wide variety of colors that can add a punch of visual interest to even an otherwise plain house. If you're choosing a roofing material and leaning towards clay, you need to first consider whether this is the best material option for the architectural style of your existing roof.
Here are a few of the best and worst roof styles for clay tile roofing. Discuss your specific options with your roofing contractor.
Best: Shed-Style Roofs
Homes inspired by Spanish architecture often have shed-style roofs on all or part of the home. The shed-style roof is a single piece that tilts upwards at a shallower slope. Spanish-inspired homes with any style of roof can benefit from the inclusion of brightly colored clay tile roofing that contrasts with the cool white stucco walls. But shed roofs in particular can benefit.
Clay tiles add texture and dimension to an otherwise boring roof style. The surface area is also fairly small since there's only the one main part of the roof. So costs will be kept as low as possible when using clay tiles. Bracing might be an issue depending on the size of the roof due to the clay tile's roof, but the weight of the tiles will be fairly evenly distributed.
Best: Mansard Roof
Mansard roof are the standard style seen on old, tall Victorian homes or newer builds that take inspiration from that era. The top of the roof is mostly flat while the four sides seem to drop vertically over the sides of the house. There are often windows or other ornamentation poking through the side roofs.
Clay tiles are a great way to add more texture and visual interest to these drop-down sides and any ornamentation contained within. If you want to stick with historical colors, try to steer towards the gray and brown tile shades rather than the terra cotta shades favored in Spanish-style architecture.
The major potential downside is cost as mansard roofs can be large in surface area. On the plus side, the upper roof isn't visible from the street so you could always go with a cheaper roofing material on the top and clay tiles only on the visible sides
Worst: Gable Roof
Gable roofs have two steep sides that meet at the top. There is quite a lot of visible surface area, which might make the roof seem like the perfect candidate for clay tiles.
But gable roofs don't have the weight of the roofing as well distributed as with other styles. Your contractor would need to check your bracing and likely put in additional bracing in order to guarantee that your roof could support the amount of clay tile needed to cover the surface. The additional bracing would drive up your costs even higher. For more information, talk to a professional like General Roofing.Share
3 March 2016
When I married my husband 10 years ago, I agreed to move into the ranch home he already owned. Initially, we planned to live in this house for five years and then after a few years of marriage we wanted to buy our dream home. After our wedding, many things in our lives changed. We both got different jobs. And we decided to transform the house my husband owned when we married into our forever home. To accomplish this task, we have begun a major renovation project. The first job on our list was a new roof. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of roofs to install on a brick home.