Clay tiles are one of the most distinctive and decorative
historic roofing materials because of their great variety of shapes,
colors, profiles, patterns, and textures. Traditionally, clay tiles were
formed by hand, and later by machine extrusion of natural clay,
textured or glazed with color, and fired in high-temperature kilns. The
unique visual qualities of a clay tile roof often make it a prominent
feature in defining the overall character of a historic building. The
significance and inherently fragile nature of historic tile roofs
dictate that special care and precaution be taken to preserve and repair
Clay tile has one of the longest life expectancies among historic
roofing materials-generally about 100 years, and often several hundred.
Yet, a regularly scheduled maintenance program is necessary to prolong
the life of any roofing system.
A complete internal and external inspection of the roof structure and the roof covering is recommended by an experienced roofing restoration specialist
to determine condition, potential causes of failure, or source of
leaks, and will help in developing a program for the preservation and
repair of the tile roof. Before initiating any repair work on historic
clay tile roofs, it is important to have a roofing specialist identify
those qualities important in contributing to the historic significance
and character of the building.
Repair of historic clay tile roofs is not a job for amateurs; it
should be undertaken only by professional roofers experienced in working
with clay tile roofs.
Contact Goodman Construction for more information on restoration roofing.