Benefits of a clay roofing system

The type of roofing material to go for is always a crucial decision for every homeowner, whether they are installing a new roof or replacing an old one. Some things to put into consideration: roof durability, increased home resale value, fire resistance, energy efficiency, and ease of maintenance. You also need to factor in personal preference also comes into play. So why should you opt for a clay roof?


Colors, especially when well matched, improve the aesthetic beauty of the home. Clay tiles have a variety of colors, ranging from shades of yellow, brown, white, and orange. Terra-Cotta is the most popular clay color. Adding enamels to clay tiles results in any color of roof tiles. High kiln temperatures bind the enamel to the clay so it doesn’t fade or peel. There is an array of clay tile profiles, finishes, styles, and colors. Clay tiles are more likely to match with your exterior colors.

Since clay tiles resemble roofing materials like slate, wood, and traditional barrel style, they tend to match different architectural designs.  Clay maintains its color for many years. Clay tiles are also available in several shapes. This gives your roof’s architecture a unique look.

Home resale value

With clay roofs, properties get higher credits on appraisals. Properties also sell faster, and at higher prices, when compared to other roofing materials like asphalt shingles. The roof’s durability and aesthetics make your property more valuable.


Clay roof tiles are classified as Class A with regard to fire resistance. They have an added layer of built-in protection. The tiles have an outer shell that is water shedding and tough. The underlayment functions as an extra shield. Clay tiles are able to resist damage from hailstones that are large as 2”. All these factors contribute to clay roofing durability. Is it a wonder then that clay roofs can even last 100 years? Clay does not contract and expand according to the thermal cycle, another factor that improves durability.

Environmental friendly

Clay roofs do not deplete natural resources. There are no chemical preservatives used in production.

Energy costs

Clay roofs have natural air ventilation underneath. This creates a heat transfer barrier, making your home cooler in the summer, and warmer in the winter. Clay roofing also has reflective properties. This increases heating and cooling systems efficiency.

Installation and maintenance

Clay roofs are easy to install, especially where you hire reputable roofing professionals. Ultimately, installation and maintenance will cost you much less when compared to other types of roofing materials.

Ease of repair

Clay tile roofs are easy to repair since each tile is installed individually.


Clay roofs are not prone to mold, corrosion, or rot. The roofing system has an overlap connecting tiles on either side, as well as above and below, ensuring that moisture cannot seep between the tiles. It is also not damaged by insects.

All in All

As you can see, clay roofs have myriad benefits. They may be a more costly option, but all the advantages are something to consider. If you are considering replacing your roofing system or if you just have any kind of question, feel free to contact your trusted Denton roofing contractor Reilly Roofing & Gutters. We are here for you and your roof.

Reilly Roofing

1308 Teasley Ln. #113
Denton, TX 76205
Phone: (940) 222-4373
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