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Clay Tile Roofing: Pros and Cons

There are many different types of roofing materials available on the market today. Each one has its own set of pros and cons. In this blog post, we will be discussing clay tile roofing. We will take a look at the pros and cons of this type of roofing, so that you can decide if it is right for your home or business. Let's get started!

Clay tile roofing is a popular choice among homeowners and business owners. It is known for its durability, longevity, and beauty. Clay tiles are also very energy efficient, which can help you save on your energy bills. However, clay tile roofing does have some drawbacks. It is more expensive than other types of roofing materials, and it requires regular maintenance to keep it in good condition.

One-piece clay tile by Boral Tile

Clay is much more brittle than concrete and (of course) metal tiles. Clay tiles can be traced back centuries, unofficially one of the first roofing materials available. Though they may seem very sturdy, many tend to break from strong winds and most definitely from any walking traffic. This is mostly in part to the fact that clay tiles are designed for aesthetic purposes, not entirely waterproofing purposes. This shouldn't steer you away from having a pretty roof to look at. So long as underlying flashings and the vapor barrier underneath (underlayment) are installed properly, the system should not leak right away.

With all tile roofs, though, leaks are only a matter of time not a matter of "if". Clay are most popular in two-piece "Spanish / Mexican" style. You may then choose to seal every cap with mortar for additional aesthetic value. The most popular manufacturer of clay tiles is U.S. Tile by Boral Roofing.

(Left) Leaking two piece clay tile roof. (Right) New Underlayment + Clay Tile Reset

It takes a high level of artistry to successfully repair, replace, or install a clay tile roofing system. For best results, it is best to consult with a roofing contractor that has a proven track record in this style of tile. It also helps to ensure the installer is built like a jockey so that your tiles don't get ruined from the repair / install foot traffic. Kidding... Sort of.


  • High aesthetic value

  • Energy Efficient


  • Higher repair & install costs

  • Higher maintenance costs

  • Very brittle

If you are considering clay tile roofing for your home or business, be sure to weigh the pros and cons carefully. This type of roofing can be a great investment, but it is not right for everyone. Do you have any questions about clay tile roofing? Leave us a comment below and we will be happy to answer them!

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