Clay tile roofing products produce some of the most beautiful tile roofs in the world. It is the most popular of the tile roofs used worldwide and rarely needs a routine maintenance regimen. These roof tiles are generally regarded as being brittle and foot traffic should be held to a minimum if at all.
The majority of the clay tile roofing products are manufactured in other countries and the more affordable ones are from Spain and Venezuela. There are some excellent manufacturers and clay roof tile products here in the US but the product price and the costs of shipping over land plays a big part in elevating the overall costs for the material. These roofs are generally applied to the higher-end homes but the lower-end southwestern style clay tile roofs do appear everywhere.
Clay tile roofs withstand weathering very well and will provide your home with a quality covering. They come with a limited manufacturer’s warranty that covers the tile itself and not the roof system they are a part. It is important that the underlayment, the flashing details and the attachment methods all be expertly done in order to enjoy the 30 year plus life expectancy.
Some of the more popular clay roofing tiles are: Altusa, made in Venezuela; Tejas Borja, shipped from Spain; Redland, trucked out of Mexico; US Tile, trucked from California; Santafe, shipped from Columbia; Ludowici, a high-end tile from Ohio; and MCA, another high-end tile originally made in Japan but now is also produced in California.