Old Tiles, New Purpose
Reclaimed terracotta has spiked in popularity in recent years. These clay tiles are salvaged from Fresh farmhouses, chateaux, and more. Because terracotta lasts so long, these tiles are strong enough to be put back into use in modern homes. For many, redoing any room with reclaimed terracotta is the simplest way to make it stand out.
Reclaimed terracotta bring a unique aesthetic to any building. It is typically weathered, giving a vintage vibe. When roofing buildings in culturally rich areas, terracotta matches many heritage projects.
The concept of these tiles being long-lasting is essentially in the name. “Reclaimed” tiles are from older tile roofs of buildings no longer in use or no longer standing. Despite the state of the building, the tiles are still viable. In fact, a tile roof can last well over 100 years with proper care and placement.
Reclaimed terracotta is made of clay. Because of this, the tiles are impervious to rotting or infestations of insects. Tile roofs never decay, as it’s just not part of their nature. In fact, whenever tile roofs have begun to deteriorate, it has been because of the other components in the roof system.
Reclaimed terracotta roofing can be specific to certain climates, making it an even wiser choice for some people based on their geographical location. They withstand hot weather and oceanside salt air better than their roofing counterparts.
Because terracotta has been used for such a long time, it has taken many forms. There are colors and styles that match any house style. Shapes include curved, flat, fluted, and interlocking. Colors range from the typical orange-red to browns, greys, and even off-whites.
Reclaimed terracotta may run you two-to-three times as much as asphalt roofing. However, this upfront cost is typically offset by the longevity of the roof and the lack of maintenance it needs.
Your roof material plays a surprisingly large role in insulating your home. Clay is a good heat conductor, and the heavy thermal mass of these tiles aids in regulating the temperature of your home.
Choosing reclaimed terracotta means that the roofing of a no-longer standing house is still being put to use. These tiles get a new home, and avoid ending up in a landfill. Additionally, tile roofs are made from clay, a natural material. Choosing terracotta means choosing against man-made and chemical products, which is better for the environment.
While some terracotta pieces can be more difficult to put together than others, an experienced masonry team knows how to perfectly fit reclaimed pieces. This means that leaks are very rare, and the only damage these roofs sustain are heavy impact breaks.
Terracotta With Impression
Ready to commit to reclaimed terracotta roofing? Impression is ready to make it happen! Our team works hard to give you a custom home feature you’ll adore. Because we consider all of our architecture projects a work of art, you’ll only ever receive the best in quality and installation. Don’t wait any longer to get a traditional, cultural, European look in your home. Call Impression for terracotta features today.