If you live in certain areas of the country, a unique and beautiful roof choice is red-baked clay tiles. For Spanish-style stucco homes with lush and leafy green landscaping, red-baked (also known as terra cotta) clay tile roofs offer a classic, laid-back, relaxing look and feel. These homes are popular in warmer climates such as Florida, various parts in the south central United States, and throughout California, from San Diego up through the Napa Valley.
Besides their aesthetic appeal, high-quality clay tiles are exceptionally durable and generally will not fade. They come in many shapes or sizes. There is the traditional rounded, half-moon tiles, but also flat tiles in an array of patterns.
Pros and Cons of Tile Roofs
One advantage of tile roofs is the tiles are not combustible — they are fireproof. They also require fewer repairs over asphalt shingle roofing products. Tile roofs are heavier than asphalt shingles, so if you add choose this as a roofing choice, you should consult an architect and local building codes. Ensure that your home’s walls have the structural strength to support the tile.
Sometime, tiles will inevitably break due to falling tree branches, the neighbor kid’s baseball, windstorms, and more. When tiles break, don’t be alarmed. There are products on the market where your average homeowner can repair the broken tiles themselves, and the repair is not visible.
Maintenance Made Easy
When your tiles are in need of repair, seek out a roof patch repair kit at a local hardware store. They’re relatively inexpensive and easy to use! Basically, the kit consists of roof tile mortar mix, and tools to mix and apply cement where you piece together the broken tiles. The kits come with a high-strength masonry cement and sand that acts as an adhesive. Similarly, concrete floor crack repair kits are also available and have many of the same features.
Roof tile repair kits are designed to have the strength to more than adequately bond tiles. These standards are based on building codes in areas such as South Florida where high-strength winds are common, as well as hurricanes of various category levels. The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) rates the mortar as effective for these conditions.
The chemical composition of the mixed mortar in these repair kits eliminate problems of job-mixed mortars where a homeowner is required to measure and mix additives. The best roof patch repair kits and concrete floor crack repair kits require only water to be added. This way the mixed mortar has consistent quality for proper bonding.