Clay tile and slate is commonly chosen for its appearance. It provides homes a Southwestern, Italian or Spanish Mission look and is often seen used on upscale homes.
Clay tile and slate are natural substances that will not burn or be affected by natural elements to the same extent as more organic materials, yet the weight of this roofing material has the ability to cause significant stress on building structure putting your home at risk in the event of seismic activity or a fire.
Installing a clay tile or slate roof on a home can prove to be expensive due to material cost and the complicated method of the installation.
Extra roof support systems are often required to handle the weight of the material. However, even the additional support systems will ultimately contribute to overall structural collapse in the event of an earthquake or fire.
The fragile nature of tile and slate can cause them to crack and break if walked on making required maintenance, such as cleaning out gutters or painting, difficult.
Should tiles loosen in high winds, it is possible they could blow loose and potentially cause damage to other structures.
As well, colour can fade significantly overtime and there is a high cost associated with replacing this type of roofing.
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