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Although asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material in America today, in regions where severe weather and high winds are common, there are better choices for property owners who want the peace of mind that comes with a durable, long lasting roof. One of the most advantageous roofing materials is clay.

Clay tiles have been used as a roofing material almost as long as humans have been building houses. The use of clay tiles began in China and the Middle East centuries ago and from there traveled to Europe and subsequently the Americas. The Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Babylonians all protected their homes and properties with roofs made from clay. Some of these centuries old roofs are still in great condition and functioning well today.

One of the reasons for clay's ongoing popularity is its incredible longevity. Clay roofs can last from 50 to 100 years or more. They are also extremely durable and stand up to harsh weather. A Jacksonville roofing professional can help property owners choose the most durable and attractive tiles with which to roof their homes and businesses.

Another benefit to clay roofing is that it is noncombustible. In England, after the great fires in London, the king ordered that all thatch roofs be replaced with clay so that the dangers posed by fire could be minimized. The tradition carried over when the British settled America, and clay tiles have been a mainstay since Colonial times.

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Clay tiles come in a variety of styles, so it is easy to find a look that complements the décor of the property. Many property owners associate clay tile with Spanish architecture, which is often roofed with the classic S shaped tiles. The truth is that clay tiles can be shaped and molded into almost any form. From rectangular shingles, shakes and slate to round or irregular forms, clay provides great versatility.

Clay tiles are available in a variety of colors as well. While the traditional color is a reddish orange, clay tiles are manufactured in a wealth of colors that reflect the property owner's personal style. Blended earth tones, vivid blues, purples and white tiles are available. White tiles can enhance the already low thermal conductance of clay to reduce the property's cooling costs even more. Combining a variety of colors creates an eye catching roof as well and is another way that property owners can set themselves apart.

While clay tile roofs require a greater initial investment, the longevity and durability make clay a good investment over time. Additionally, a clay tile roof will increase the property's value compared to a standard asphalt shingle roof and will require much less maintenance or repair.

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