Clay roof tiles are very popular as they will generate a pleasant Mediterranean look to your building. Clay tiles are durable and lightweight, making it ideal in certain roofs as they will also bring some additional benefits to the building in general. Clay tiles offer better insulating properties when compared to other similar materials such as ceramic tiles. One important aspect that should be considered when installing clay tiles,is that you need to pick the right size, color and the right installation method used depending on the type of clay tile being used.
Clay Tiles: The Right Roofing Underlay
One of the most important aspects to consider before installing the clay tile is to have a great roofing underlay. The material used below the clay tile, will be a decisive factor that will affect the durability of the clay roof tile. Normally, the underlay is made from asphalt-saturated roofing material covering all area below the tile clay cover. Be sure it is properly attached or installed or you can end up with overlying tiles pretty soon. As a minimum, all decks must be covered with two layers of No. 30 asphalt-impregnated roofing felt or one layer of No. 43 coated base sheet.
Clay Tiles: Choosing the Right One
Clay tiles need to be choose depending on the geographic location on which it will be installed, Clay tiles are manufactured to withstand several environmental conditions but you need to make sure that you are installing the right one depending on the climatic conditions of the area. The most common type of clay tiles are:
Slate - thin rectangular sections of rock that come in varying sizes and thicknesses.
Plain Tiles - small rectangular sections of clay with a smooth or sanded surface finish.
Pantiles - a distinctive clay tile with an 'S' shaped profile.
Roman Tiles - similar to the previous one, but has a cross section that is flat with a small roll.
Clay Tiles: Installing Tiles
After the underlay has been installed, now its time to...