Terracotta Roofs



Do you plan to remodel your home anytime soon or in the nearest future? You might want to try out terracotta roofs. What exactly is a terracotta roof and why should you go for it? Well, here you go.

Terracotta roofs are made of clay or terracotta.  In early civilization, terracotta roofs were widely known and used. Terracotta roofs have great aesthetic appeal. They also give a beautiful outlook to a building. They are not easily penetrable by water which makes them an excellent waterproof roofing choice.  In addition to being waterproof, they are resistant to snow, extreme cold weather which causes freezing and melting. Due to the heat which has been used to produce them, they become very heat resistant making them fireproof. The cost of maintenance is relatively low and they have a very long life span of up to one hundred and fifty years. They do not contribute to global warming which makes them a top pick for property owners that want to live healthy lives. The signature red color makes them very good in regulating temperature which can lead to a reduction in the cost of energy. Terracotta tiles come in different designs. Some designs can withstand extreme freezing, the middle grade can withstand mild freezing and have less water proof properties while the third grade can withstand very mild weather conditions. Terracotta roofs can be interlocked to ensure the roof stays in position. This interlock also prevents water from leaking through.

The have high reflective properties which enables them to reflect ultraviolet rays from the sun to prevent overheating. For this reason they are ideal for tropic regions. Terracotta roofs come in an array of colors, finishing and shapes, so for home owners that want something to suit their taste, they might be in luck. Terracotta is very eco-friendly which also makes it a go to roofing choice for homeowners that want to reduce the amount of toxins in the environment.

Terracotta roofs requires experience. Roofing contractors who have a broad knowledge of its installation should be employed to fix them. Terracotta tiles are the most difficult roofing sheets to install because of the clay which is used to produce them. Utmost care must be applied when fixing them to prevent water from seeping through and to avoid the effects of extreme weather conditions. If the terracotta roof leaks, it can lead to quick destruction of the roof’s foundation. Another downside in purchasing terracotta roofs is their breakable nature. Terracotta roofs cannot withstand heavy weights on them. If there is need for one to walk on the roof, the clay roofs must be uninstalled to prevent breakage.  Aside humans which can walk on clay roofs and damage them, terracotta roofs are susceptible to breakage by fallen trees. So, if you live in an area that is surrounded by trees, this might not be your best choice of roofing. Clay tiles can be pricey especially when they are not produced in areas where their demand is very high..


Roy Benjamin
Great stuff !
4 years ago

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