"Understanding Your Home" by Building Inspector Mark Visser
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Part of the regular maintenance
program is an annual check of the roof tiles. This can be done with binoculars.
Where possible you want to check the main roof as well as the ridge and valleys for cracked or slipping tiles.
Also, the condition of the mortar should be checked. Roof penetrations for vent stacks and chimneys can be checked from the attic. Look for signs of active leaks and/or water stains. I would suggest to check the attic area when it is raining.
If you spot any irregularities call a roofer immediately to make repairs as required.
Look for a contractor experienced in the installation and maintenance of clay tile. If you wait too long you will end up with wood rot or mold in the roof construction and soffit area and additional costs to make things right.
A well installed and maintained clay tile roof should outperform just about any other type of roofing material



Clay Roofing Tiles
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Clay roofing tiles. Clay roofing tile contractors. Clay roof tile manufacturers.

Clay roof tiles are used primarily to cover roofs with a pitch of 4 in 12 or more. They have been produced for centuries and certainly have proven themselves. But not all clay tiles are the same.
The tiles are available in a wide variety of forms, colors and surfaces. For each type of tile, there is a complete line of special tiles and accessories such as ridge tiles, eave closure birdstops and others. Eave closure birdstops are used to prevent bird and insect nests from filling the voids of high profile roof tiles. Many birdstop eave closures also provide breathable venting, and moisture release. In choosing the right clay roof tiles for your home make sure that they can withstand the winters onslaught of freeze-thaw cycles.

Clay tiles with their longevity and durability make for an excellent roof covering.
Clay is a natural resource and this makes it environmentally friendly from production and after long usage to recycling. More and more people take environmental impacts of building materials into consideration.
These products also need less energy to produce, have one of the longest productive life cycle and are basically maintenance free.
Colours. A terra cotta red is the color most commonly associated with historic clay roofing tiles. The reddish color comes from clay with a large percentage of iron oxide, and there are many variations of this natural color to be found in tiles ranging from deep reddish browns to softer and paler oranges and pinks. Lighter buff and beige colors, as well as black, also appear on traditional tile-roofed buildings.

A terra cotta red tiled roof
Buff-colored tiles were made from nearly pure fire clay, and pouring manganese dissolved in water over the tile before firing resulted in smoke brown or black glazed tiles. Toward the end of the 19th century the popularity of colored glazes for roofing tiles increased, and their use and the range of colors continues to expand today.
Disadvantages. Clay roof tiles are difficult and costly to install, are very heavy and additional roof support may have to be provided.
There are not many clay tile manufacturers and long distance shipping costs are calculated in the cost of installing a new roof.

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