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For angled roofs on a commercial property that require a certain static to match its purpose, tile roofing or clay roofing provides plenty of style with durability, excellent insulation properties, and even some protection against fire damage. Learn more about these roofs to determine if one would be the best option for the commercial building in question.
Will Clay Roofing Suit Multiple Styles?
Many people associate clay tiles with bright orange or terra-cotta roofs that have a very Spanish or South American feel. It is true that the curved clay tiles match this style of architecture very well.
However, with the ever-increasing popularity of this roofing material, manufacturers have developed new colors, shapes, and sizes to use on everything from a contemporary office park to a colonial style retail shop. Colors range from pale gray to black to deep brown to traditional orange. Both raised tiles and flat tiles are available.
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3 Excellent Benefits of Tile Roofing
- Longevity – A shingled roof may last approximately 20 to 25 years on a commercial building such as a retail establishment, a hotel or inn, or an office building. For places with flat roofs, special rubberized or poured or sealed membrane options can be damaged more easily. This type of roofing, as proven by historical buildings with roofs intact, can last virtually forever.
- Durability – Unlike shingles, a tile roof will not wear out from regular weather and sun damage. Unlike sealed membrane roofs, the surface will not be easily damaged from falling branches or hail. Although clay tiles may be seen as brittle, they are now manufactured in such a way as to maintain their integrity through most extreme weather events and circumstances.
- Insulation and Energy Efficiency – Clay tiles are thick, naturally transfer heat, and have air spaces between them that help with temperature moderation as well. This can help remove heat from the attic or upper floors more easily but also reduces the chance that water will freeze on the roof in the colder months.
The main disadvantage of clay roofing is cost. The tiles themselves are considerably more expensive than asphalt or composite shingles and other types of regularly used commercial roofing. An added expense may be incurred if the roof needs to be reinforced to handle the weight of the clay or other tile material.