Learning All About Roofing Materials

Learning All About Roofing Materials

Need A New Roof? Consider Using Energy-Efficient Clay Tiles

Beverley Hall

Many homeowners these days are concerned with their home being energy efficient since it is a way to cut down on utility costs each month. Roofs that are designed to be energy efficient are called cool roofs, and there are several options available to you that include metal, slate, and clay tiles. While there are modern roofing materials that do a great job at keeping your home cool, the timelessness of clay tiles gives you some great advantages when it comes to being energy efficient.

How Do Clay Tiles Work At Keeping My Roof Cool?

A clay roofing tile is created in an S-shape. The curved part of the clay tile creates a small channel under the tile. The clay absorbs the sun's heat, and the curve traps the heat along the ridge of the tile instead of against the flat surface of the roof. Special clay tiles are also installed and designed to ventilate the heat out from beneath the clay tiles. The end result is that your home's roof stays cool.

How Efficient Is A Cool Roof?

When compared to hot roofing materials like asphalt shingles, you can expect a cool roof to reduce the temperature of your roof by 50 degrees. Roof temperature plays a large part in how hot it gets inside your house since clay tiles can allow you to easily reduce your cooling energy-related costs by 20% in some areas. This puts less wear and tear on your air conditioner as well. Talk with a place like Affordable Roofing & Gutters to see how much you could save on cooling with a new roof.

Why Not Use A Cheaper Material To Save Money?

An asphalt shingle roof is a very affordable material that you can purchase for your home's roof, and it will cost you around $1-$4 per sq. ft. In comparison, a clay tile roof can cost as much as $3-$5 per sq. ft.

However, asphalt shingle roofs only last around 15-25 years, while clay tiles can last much longer (averaging between 40-60 years). A clay tile roof will be more expensive at first, but you'll have to replace an asphalt shingle at least two times during that timespan. Plus, you'll create more waste with asphalt shingles when they need to be disposed of. 

Do clay tiles sound like a good choice for your home? Contact a local roofing contractor in your area for more information.


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Hi, I'm Dwight Eberstark. I am crazy about all of the different types of roofing materials available today. While upgrading the roof on my home, I looked into the material options in great detail. I studied all of the different metal materials used to create modern shingles. I also looked into switching to asphalt, wood or tile shingles. I eventually settled on bronze shingles designed to last for decades. Instead of aging, the bronze finish just continues to improve. I also switched to metal gutters that make a beautiful sound when the rain falls onto the surface. I would like to share my passion for roofing materials through this site. Thank you for coming by. Visit again soon.