If you're looking for an attractive, unique roof for your home, one of the options you may be considering is clay tiles. These roofs offer plenty of protection and can last for the life of the home if cared for properly. However, if you are rather new to the idea of clay tiles, you may have a few concerns you'd like addressed before you commit to this type of roof. Below, you'll find the most common concerns about clay tiles roofs addressed.

Can your roof support the weight of a clay tile roof?

Clay tiles are heavier than asphalt shingles and metal roofs. They weigh about 10.8 pounds per square foot, whereas an asphalt roof weighs about 2.7 pounds per square foot. If you have a newer home, chances are good that it has been engineered to support a heavier roof. However, if your home is on the older side, you might find that a clay tile roof is not a possibility because it's simply too heavy for your home to support. Having a structural engineer inspect your home is a good idea. This way, you know if clay tiles are even an option before you get too far along in the decision-making process.

Will the orange-colored tiles clash with your home?

Many homeowners steer away from clay tiles because they're afraid the orange color these tiles often come in will clash with the rest of their homes. However, modern clay tiles actually come in array of shades. You can find them in neutral tones like cream and dark brown, as well as bright colors like green and even pink!

Will hail crack the tiles?

Once on your roof, the tiles are pretty sturdy since they are set in a way that allows each one to reinforce the others. Thus, minor hailstorms should not cause your roofing tiles to crack. If you have a heavy, hurricane-force hailstorm, some of your tiles might crack – but replacing the tiles is not a major struggle and is not overly expensive, since your roofing contractor can tackle this task rather quickly.

Are clay roofing tiles an eco-friendly option?

Absolutely. Not only are clay tiles made from natural materials, but they also last longer than a typical asphalt roof (about 50 to 100 years), so less waste is generated when you choose this type of roof. Since clay has a high thermal capacity, it can keep hot air outside in the summer and inside during the winter, lowering your energy use.

If you're looking for a durable, eco-friendly roof, clay tiles are often a great choice. Talk with an engineer or roofing contractor to ensure your home can support this type of roof, and then weigh it against your other options.