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A natural product often copied, but never equaled
The clay roof tile council in England explains why genuine clay roof tiles are a cut above the rest.
To look skywards today reveals many different styles and types of roofing covering our buildings. Nowadays people have an enormous selection of roofing materials to choose from, but this wasn't always the case.
The main reason clay roof tiles enjoy such popularity is because of the product itself. Clay roof tiles have been around for centuries and have proven their durability. Their color is permanent and unlike other materials, does not fade over time. Indeed, the elements work with the clay to produce a weathered and mellow appearance, improving their looks with age. What is more, clay tiles are fire resistant, able to withstand harsh chemicals and are not susceptible to biological degradation, they do not harbor excessive mold growth and are not affected by extremes of heat or cold. These properties coupled with the fact that clay tiles are a natural and sustainable product (qualities that are appreciated by an increasingly discerning public who care about the environment) make clay tiles an ideal roofing option for new build and re-roofing work.
One of the greatest challenges to architects, planners and designers must be to consider not only how the building will look in the immediate future, but also how it will look in 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 or 100 years time. This is the greatest legacy that they can bequeath to future generations—an architecture that is as beautiful, if not more so, in decades to come as it was when first constructed.
The roof is arguably the single most exposed face of any structure. It has to withstand rain, ice, ultraviolet light and, increasingly, the effects of damaging acids caused by the atmosphere pollution. All the more reason for consumers to choose a natural roofing product that is able to sustain these harsh elements and still mellow and improves with age. Not only will clay roof tile hold an authentic time worn appeal, but its low maintenance cost will mean that its whole life cost is relatively low—a factor which consumers should certainly consider when comparing the costs of different roofing materials.
Clay Roof Tiles:
- Are natural and durable
- Are High Performance
- Are of premium quality
- Are cost efficient
- Enhance the aesthetic appearance of a roof
- Can withstand the climate elements
- Improve with exposure
- Offer flexibility and choice
Why Clay Roofing in Dallas, Texas
It's the competetive edge
A little History from Europe:
Clay roof tiles have played an important role in the historical development of architecture. The Romans and ancient Greeks were the first to make use of fired clay tile roofing in the world. Today museum collections bear witness to the widespread use of this material.
In the medieval period, the revival of the craft took place first along the eastern seaboard, where contacts with the continent were strongest and provided a strong fire proof alternative to thatching. In 1212 AD, King John issued building by-laws for London to eliminate combustible roof coverings and replace them with tiles. Since that time, clay has been a highly sought-after material.
By the 18th century, tiles had become the standard roof covering wherever there was an abundant local supply of suitable raw materials, a source of fuel and a thriving craft tradition. The production of clay tiles began as a very small scale industry, with many districts having only one source of supply. Over time, roofers developed their own construction detailing and distinctive methods of laying roofs that provided their neighborhoods with distinctive local appearance and indigenous form old building.
The process of industrialization and the improvements to the national transportation network in the 19th century led to a widespread use of machine made, though still distinctive, clay roof claddings.
Clay roof tiles are a beautiful and understated legacy from the past that continue to echo generations of craftsmen's skills in fashion rich and colorful roof shapes out of common clay. Generations to come will still be able to enjoy the authentic beauty of clay—on their homes, schools, office, hospitals, churches and public buildings.
Now, in the 21st century, the quality of the built environment is becoming increasingly important and planners are kept to preserve the heritage and regional variation that remains. A panoramic look across the rooftops everywhere with each region set apart from the rest by its own, distinct clay roof tile heritage.
For homeowners, protecting their property is second only to protecting their families. Sustaining damage to a home in a fire is understandably one of their worst nightmares. But one proven way to reduce the chance of sustaining damage is by using clay or concrete tile roofing. The first, and most important step, in ensuring that a home is fire safe is to install appropriate roofing material. The vast majority of fires first spread through homes via embers igniting wood-shake roofs. In independent testing, clay tile roofing has proved to be safer than traditional roofing materials such as shingle, shake or metal. The Roof Tile Institute assisted the Committee for Fire safe Dwellings (CFFD) in the creation of legislation to ban combustible roofing materials in California. Clay tiles are safety-tested as Class A fire resistant roofing.
The Roof Tile Institute and CFFD recommend the following guidelines for homeowners to prepare for and prevent home fires.
Roofs should be replaced with a non-combustible Class A roofing system. The roof is the most vulnerable part of any home during a wildfire, and fire retardants applied to asphalt and wood wear out quickly over time. Not only is clay or concrete tile roofing safer, it is also more durable and longer lasting than other materials. Also, because it is loose laid, it allows better air circulation, which reduces heat transfer to the attic during a fire. A properly installed tile roof comes with the longest warranty in the roofing industry. Manufacturers typically guarantee their products from 50 years to the life of the structure, and warranties are often fully transferable. Class A rated clay tile roofs should be installed in accordance with the printed installation recommendations using approved fastener and assembly systems, and should conform to local building codes and/or trade practices in that specified area.