First appearing in the bronze age on the temple roofs of kings, and refined through fire-baking by the Ancient Greeks.
Durable and Long Lasting
The origins of clay tile can be found in both China and the Near East, with surviving artifacts of roofing tile dating back to 2,500 BC. They then spread throughout Asia and Europe and eventually found their way to the New World colonies. Clay tiles were popular due to their ability to be fireproof, which during 17th urban fires was a very important quality.
There are many benefits of clay tile roofing. They include:
- Durability: Clay tiles perform better in harsh conditions like earthquakes, hurricanes and other extreme weather.
- Insulating: Tile roofing is an excellent insulator, keeping your home cool over the summer and warm over the winter.
- Appearance: Tile roofs provide not only beauty to a structure, but also can add to resale value.
Made from vitreous clay (Italian for double fired), it is very durable, easily lasting 50+ years. In some cases, only the underlayment needs to be replaced after a period of time. The underlayment is in fact the component to keeping the structure dry, but the tiles themselves can last a lifetime.
Today, clay tiles can be found in the Southwest and the coastal South where it suits both the popular architectural images and regional climates. Huber & Associates offers many different types of tiles including Spanish, barrel, and flat shaped, which are available in a variety of colors and blends including terracotta, warm earth tones, cool grays and refreshing green.
Historical Restoration and Preservation Experts
Give us a call today to learn more about our clay tile roofing and our roofing restoration expertise - providing historical restoration and preservation to roofs all over the world.