A Guide to Clay Roof Tiles

Clay Roof Tile Cleaning Service

What are clay roof tiles?

For thousands of years, clay roof tiles have been lain on roofs of homes and buildings across Europe from the United Kingdom all the way to the Mediterranean. To this day, clay roof tiles continue to be a popular roofing material for its exceptional yet subtle aesthetic appeal and durability. Clay roof tiles make an especially fitting finishing touch to historical buildings and traditional properties.

Clay roof tiles are made by baking molded clay. The duration and level of heat the tiles are exposed to determine their density. Terracotta is the most common and popular colour for clay roof tiles. However, manufacturers have begun bonding other colours to the clay such as white, brown, and orange to meet the varied aesthetic needs of homebuilders and homeowners.

What are the advantages of using clay roof tiles?

Aside from giving your project major kerb appeal, clay roof tiles also provide long-lasting protection from extreme weather. Manufacturers take so much pride over their clay roof tiles’ color steadfastness and overall durability that they offer a 50-year warranty on the clay roof tiles’ colour alone! In addition to this, manufacturers also offer a manufacturer’s warranty that typically lasts for 30 years. However, clay tiles are known to outlast these warranties. Some historical buildings that have been around for centuries still have its original clay tiles intact, which is proof of the clay tiles’ enduring quality.

How long do clay tiles last?

High quality clay roof tiles last for decades. However it is important to note that the longevity of the tiles depend largely on several factors such as the average local weather and how well the maintenance work is done on the tiles through time. It can be expected for clay roof tiles to deteriorate much faster in locations where the weather is typically hostile. The control of moss, lichen, and algae growth are also crucial in preserving the clay roof tiles. Roofs usually don’t fare well once moss, lichen, and algae get the chance to establish themselves on the clay tiles.

Concept Roof Cleaning maintenance tips for clay roof tiles.

Here are some maintenance tips for your clay tiled roof:

Schedule an Annual Roof Inspection.

Schedule a professional roof inspection every spring or fall with a qualified roofing contractor. This will help you find cracks, chips, bruising, and other distortions caused by rain, heat, wind, snow, and ice. Any broken tiles must be replaced immediately.

Limit Chances of Accumulating Rooftop Debris.

Despite their durability, clay tile roofs are just as vulnerable to accumulating natural debris like leaves, branches, and even catching other airborne debris like moss spores. These debris are just as unsightly as they are hazardous. Accumulated rubble will clog your gutters, cause the water to back up, and create a leak through the roof, drain from there, and create more problems for you!

Combat Moss, Algae, and Lichen On Your Roof Tiles

A little moss on your clay roof tile is fine. But leaving it to fully establish itself around your tiles is not. Moss absorbs water and weigh down your roof. This may potentially cause major repair issues in the future. Concept Roof Cleaning is composed of experienced and dedicated roof cleaning professionals who can expertly deal with any roof maintenance problems you may have. We will do our utmost to provide you with the best possible solution and guarantee that our service will restore your clay back to its pristine condition and moss-free for 3 years.

Call us today on 01908 596009 for a professional roof cleaning service throughout Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire & Hertfordshire – we at Concept Roof Cleaning have roof cleaning teams based in Milton Keynes, Luton & Bedford

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