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How Long Do Clay Tile Roofs Last?

How Long Clay Tile Roofs Last

There are many types of materials to choose for roofing, and they each have their advantages and disadvantages. Aesthetics aside, most homeowners opt for the most cost-efficient choice. While many believe that to be the cheapest option, materials that have to be replaced often may not be worth their low price tag. Of the more durable options is clay tile roofs, which run on the more expensive side. Are they worth their cost? How long do they last? Read on to find out.

The Answer Is Surprising

Take a moment to guess how long clay tile roofs last. For reference, asphalt shingles often need to be replaced every 20 years. Wood shake lasts a little longer, at 30 years. Copper, concrete, and slate, slightly heavier but more durable materials, will work perfectly for nearly (if not more than) 50 years. But the best of them all? Clay tile roofs, which last a whopping 100 years. Imagine replacing your roofing with clay tiles, and no one in your family worrying about redoing the roof for a century!

Benefits to Clay Tile Roofs

Need a reason beyond clay tile roofs’ incredible lifespan to pick it as your next roofing material? There are quite a few! Here are some of the main reasons homeowners choose clay tile roofing.

Clay Tiles Are Aesthetic

Sure, clay tile roofs may last a while, but what’s that worth if they’re not beautiful? Luckily for us, clay tile roofs are extremely in demand and won’t be losing their popularity anytime soon. Their natural earth tone allows them to match an array of design styles. They’re most popular in warmer climates, where they also tend to have a longer lifespan, but they add a unique flair even when used outside of southwestern-style homes.

Clay Adds to Resale Value

It goes without saying that when a house needs improvements, either immediately or in the future, its overall value decreases. It’s assumed it’s worth less because of the amount of money necessary to fix it up once it changes ownership. However, clay’s extremely long lifespan means that new owners may never need to touch the roof, even if the house is sold many times over. This appealing aspect means that clay roof tiles are a worthwhile investment, even if their initial cost is at least twice that of concrete and asphalt.

Clay Is Durable and Colorfast

Not only do clay tile roofs last a long time, but they look new for a majority of their lifespan. Even older clay tiles simply appear beautifully weathered, but not often do they look unsightly. They’re extremely colorfast, and will maintain their saturated appearance, which is very different from other materials that fade over time.

Reclaimed Terracotta Clay Tile Roofing From Impression

Impression sources our clay tile options from reclaimed terracotta pieces salvaged from French farmhouses, chateaux, and other structures found in European countrysides. These tiles come in a wide variety of shapes and colors, and their gently-worn appearance adds a vintage, culturally-rich aspect to your roof. If you’re seeking the addition of charm to your home, you simply cannot go wrong with reclaimed terracotta from Impression! Contact us today to get started on new roofing options for your house, and watch your dream home come to life before your eyes.

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