Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Cleaning Clay Tiles

by Edgar Cruz

Do you have a pitched clay roof? Clay roofing tiles are among the most common on all types of residential properties, from luxurious mansions to modest track homes. Clay is a common tile in modern suburban developments, but it has also been used throughout the world for centuries. In fact, you could argue that most modern roofing materials have some sort of clay style, even if they aren't made out of 100% Clay.

Absorbing Dirt

One of the most distinctive feature of clay it tiles is that they are porous and brittle. Porous tiles can absorb stuff. Absorbing dirt can lead to darkening and tinting of the tile. Furthermore, absorbing moisture, when combined with dirt, can lead to the formation of moss on the surface. Basically, one drawback to clay tiles is the fact that they can absorb debris that eventually changes the color and enables growth on top of your roof.

Usually, this problem is less prevalent on steep roofs. Since the water runs off the roof more quickly, it dries quicker and the clay doesn't have time to absorb as much dirt or water. Some products are far more absorbent than others. If you have a slanted roof, the logistics of cleaning off the moss growth can be a little more complicated.

Some people actually like the look of moss growth because it can give their home a more rustic and natural look, complete with some green coloring.


Since clay is porous, it is also brittle. This means you always run the risk of cracking certain tiles when you walk on your roof. Pretty much any product with any shape is going to be fragile to walk on. Obviously, you have to step in the exact right place to avoid cracking rounded tile.

But, if you prefer clean tiles, it is probably going to be safest if you hire a professional roof cleaning service. This way, you don't need to risk climbing up on your roof and breaking any tiles or hurting yourself. Most professionals will use some sort of pressure washing system to blast the dirt off of the tiles.

Cleaning your shingles regularly is going to make them to last longer and keep them looking newer. To learn more about cleaning or repairing clay roofing tiles or getting help from professionals in order to complete these two important roofing tasks, visit a website like http://www.allamericanroofing.com.


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Waterproof, Windproof and Weatherproof: The Perfect Roof for Your Climate

Hi, welcome to my blog. My name is Wendy, and after traveling through many parts of the world as I worked on a degree in anthropology with a minor in architecture, I learned a lot. I saw how people took different approaches to the same issue (putting a roof on their home), but more importantly, I noticed how those approaches were dictated by the climate and culture in the area. Unfortunately, I think a lot of people in North America build roofs that are traditional rather than roofs that are the right fit for the climate. If you are interested in exploring the latter idea, I'm here to help. These posts look at the best way to get a roof that protects you from the elements. Explore, enjoy and send your friends over to my blog. Thanks!