Clay Tile Roofing

Are you considering a clay tile roofing installation for your abode? There are a number of reasons to opt for this tried and true roofing material, especially for residents here in Florida. Human beings have been walking the Earth for millennia, and as a species, one of our most pressing concerns has been shelter. Traditionally, we’ve resorted to utilizing natural materials to create our homes, and one of the oldest methods to create protective shelter has been to craft and install clay tiles for roofing. This roofing method has been utilized in China and the Middle East as far back as 3,000 B.C., and clay tile roofing was frequently used on missions built in Texas and California. Clay tile roofs are ideal for warmer climates, and they’re a common choice for Floridians.

Locals often choose clay tile to roof their homes since this roofing material is versatile, highly durable, and energy efficient. If you’re ready to start your roofing project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us to get a free estimate and to schedule your upcoming roof renovation. Or, if you’d like to learn more about this roofing solution, you can read more about the benefits of clay tile roofing and find answers to our most frequently asked questions — all listed below.

The Benefits of Clay Tile Roofing


Clay tile is extremely durable and can withstand extremes in temperature and weather. According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the average lifespan of a clay tile is about 75 years. Clay tiles are also easy to repair, as only the damaged portion needs to be replaced instead of the entire roof. A roofer can swap out individual tiles, should any of the tiles on your home crack.

Energy Efficiency

One of the best aspects of clay tiles is its energy efficiency. Many kinds of tile, particularly earth tone or terra cotta colors, effectively reduce the amount of heat absorbed into the tile. The end result is a reduced need for air conditioning since the interior of your home or building isn’t absorbing as much heat. Interiors stay comfortable and, at night, the heat can radiate out of your tiles, which helps your building to maintain a comfortable temperature.

Clay Tile Roofing FAQ

How much does a clay tile roof cost?

While the cost for your specific project will vary based on the size of your roof, the complexity of your roof, and the material that you choose, you can expect to pay somewhere between two and three times the cost that you would pay for an asphalt shingle roof.

While that may sound like a lot, bear in mind that your clay tile roof will long outlast any shingle roof available on the market. Some clay roofs last well over 75 years, and they often last as long as the structure they protect. If you’d like to get a quote for your specific project, don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

Are there different styles of clay tile to choose from?

Absolutely! Nowadays, manufacturers are creating a wide variety of clay tiles. You can select tiles with various colors, shapes, and textures, ensuring that you get the aesthetic that you desire for your home or building. You can also find clay tiles that are built specifically to improve the insulation of your home, by reflecting heat off of your roof, so that you have lower cooling bills during the hottest months of the year — and that can be a big deal for residents here in Florida.

Should I install my own clay tile roof?

We highly recommend that homeowners hire a professional team of roofers to install their clay tile roofs. Why? Well, first of all, constructing your own roof is dangerous. It takes experience and the proper safety gear to ensure that your roof is installed safely. Our crew comes equipped with all of the right gear to make roofing both efficient and safe. We’re also insured, which means that if an accident should happen while we’re on your property, you won’t have to worry about costly damage or medical bills.

Beyond that, you may void your roofing warranty if you decide to turn your clay roof into a DIY project. Manufacturers often work with licensed roofers for their installations to ensure that their clay tiles are installed properly. These manufacturers trust specific roofers for their installations, and they are willing to offer a warranty for their materials when they are properly installed.

Finally, when you hire a roofing crew, it’s simply more convenient than doing it alone. Again, we have all of the tools necessary for a swift installation, and we have the experience to make quick work of your project. Essentially, you won’t have to lift a finger to transform the look of your home, while we install a reliable roof over your head.

Will my roof require additional support for the weight of clay tiles?

In most instances, your current roofing structure should be adequate to support the weight of clay tiles as it is. While they’re heavier than asphalt shingles, clay tiles aren’t extremely heavy (like slate tiles), and most homes that are built up to code will have adequate support across the structure of the roof to install clay tiles. If you’re concerned about your specific roof, you can have us over to inspect the integrity of its structure.

Are clay tiles flammable?

Clay tiles are highly flame resistant, and most manufacturers’ tiles have an “A” fire rating, meaning that your home will be more protected from possible fire damage than it would be if another material were installed (e.g. wood shakes). You may also save money on insuring your home if you have a clay tile roofing, since your home will be at a lower risk of a damaging fire.

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Which is better — clay tiles or asphalt shingles?

If you’re on the fence about the best roofing material for your home, we understand your dilemma, and we admit, there’s no perfect material out there — you’ll have to weigh your options to settle on the best choice for your specific situation. That said, clay tiles outperform asphalt shingles in a few different categories. First of all, clay tiles are simply more durable than asphalt shingles, and they can outlast shingles by decades on end. That’s a huge benefit for homeowners that are searching for a roofing material that will last a lifetime.

In addition, clay tiles are usually considered more aesthetically pleasing. This roofing solution looks more natural and warm than asphalt shingles, which is a big plus for homeowners who love coming home to a picturesque property. Clay tile roofs look great atop nearly any home, and they are especially complimentary to homes that are sided with stucco, brick, or stone.

Clay tile roofs are also very low maintenance. Unless you notice a cracked tile or two (which are easy to replace), you’ll only have to maintain the flashing, gutters, and other protrusions from the roof of your home.

Clay tiles are also a more environmentally friendly option than asphalt shingles. Since clay is naturally occuring and readily available, it takes little effort and energy to create the tiles. Plus, clay tiles can be recycled, so you won’t have to worry about filling up a landfill with old asphalt shingles.

Over time, your clay tile roofing will prove to be more valuable than an asphalt shingle roof. Since you won’t have to replace your roof for decades (if ever), and maintenance costs will be minimal, you’ll only have to pay a one-time, upfront cost to ensure that you have a solid roof over your head. While asphalt shingle roofs are less expensive up front (usually half or a third of the cost), they will require more maintenance, and they will need to be replaced every couple of decades — which means that you’ll actually spend more money in the long run. So, if you’re planning on staying in your home for decades, clay tile is the option that holds more value.

Finally, clay tile roofs are more efficient at keeping your home cool than asphalt shingles. Clay tiles are unique in that they have an integrated air space between the tiles and the sub-roof of your home. This gap lets air flow through the surface of your roof, keeping the temperature of your roof lower than it would be otherwise. That means that you’ll save money in cooling costs, and you’re home will remain more comfortable, even throughout the hottest months of the year.

Free Roofing Estimate

Clay tile roofing isn’t ideal for everyone, but it might be just right for you. Red Dog’s Roofing provides clay tile roofing installation, repair, and replacement in and around the Sarasota area. With years of experience and a passion for perfection, you can rest assured that your upcoming roofing project gets done properly.

Plus, as a Preferred Roofing Contractor for Owens Corning, we go above and beyond the competition, providing unbeatable warranties, and a quality installation that will last. For more information or to schedule a free roofing analysis, get in touch with us today!