Disadvantages of Clay Tile Roofs

1. Weight, Brittle, Discolor, No Warranty

Clay tile roofs are stunning and tend to last a long time.

Most homeowners, unfortunately, don't know there's superior roof technology that looks just like clay tile roofs, without the disadvantages.

  1. DECRA Villa Tile and Roser Cleo Tile are both 90% lighter than the clay tiles you currently have.
  2. Clay tiles are brittle and crack easily. The spanish tile system isn't waterproof so it is quick to leak water into the interior of your home when debris, hail or wind damage break your roof tiles.
  3. Clay tiles discolor and suffer from algae growth.
  4. No Warranty: Most clay tile roofs don't get installed correctly. Different parts of the U.S. use different standards and the clay tile manufacturers don't have enforceable standards because the materials don't have warranties. Bottom line: don't buy clay tile roof system. Get Decra Villa Tile, instead (steel roof that is 90% lighter than clay tiles).
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2. Insurance Pays for Hail, Wind Damage

HAIL: Hail damage breaks/cracks the clay or cement tiles.

IMPACT: Impact damage occurs when the roof tile's ability for water shedding is decreased.

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REPAIRABILITY:
Clay or cement tile roofs can be repaired, to a certain extent.

CONSIDER THIS INSTEAD...

3. Get the look of clay tiles without the 80,000 pounds of structural damage to your home.

DECRA Villa Tile: Metal Roof (stone coated steel roof system). Made in USA

ROSER Cleo Tile: Metal Roof (stone coated steel steel roof system). Made in Korea

Alternatives to Cedar Roof

Examples of Wind and Hail Damage on Clay Tile Roofs

Hail Damage to Clay Tile Roofs

Clay tiles are brittle materials and shatter when impacted by hail stones. The thinnest and least supported areas of clay tiles on the roof are the most vulnerable to breaking. It’s the overlap of interlocking clay tiles on the roof that break first. When performing a hail inspection on a clay tile roof, it’s essential to look for the characteristic semi-circular fractures at overlap. On S-Shaped clay tiles, the trough or concave area, is much weaker than the convex area because clay tiles are much stronger in compression than tension.

Wind Damage to Clay Tile Roofs

Wind damage on clay tile roofs usually starts in areas of the roof with the greatest uplift forces due to the bernoulli effect. These areas can be: windward roof corners, windward eaves, leeward sides of ridges, and windward rakes. The higher the roof, the greater wind force is generated.  The density of the trees around the property help lessen the impact of the wind.

Footfall Damage to Clay Tile Roofs

Footfall Breakage are the most common type of mechanical damage on clay tile roofs. The pattern of the breakage is the best way to tell the difference between wind/hail caused cracks versus footfall breakage. Determining the difference between footfall damage and wind/hail damage is not an exact science, but it does require supporting evidence to prove wind/hail damage caused the cracks on the clay tile roof.

National Claims Institute is the authority in this field
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Examples of Mechanical Damage on Clay Tile Roofs

National Claims Institute is the authority in this field
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