Clay tiles have been hemmed and hawed about for many years, but the truth is that this roofing material has been proving a very effective and beautiful covering for centuries. From the eco-friendly standpoint, there are both pros and cons to employing clay tiles atop your own home.
There are many advantages to using clay tile, including, of course, the eye appeal that they can offer your property. They are known to increase the value of a home and also reduce the energy consumption because of their ability to act as a natural insulation. Furthermore, the excess heat that can build up in Houston homes is quickly expelled due to the superior ventilation offered by Spanish tiles.
Give all of this and their amazing resilience, clay tiles, once installed, can easily last fifty- or even one hundred years. Eventually, though, you may want to remove the roofing either because it has overstayed its welcome of because the roof was last replaced in the nineteenth century. Whatever the reason, you will likely find yourself asking about the possibility of recycling clay. Unfortunately, the Woodlands roof repair or replacement will result in a pile of old shingles not desired by the local recycling plant for reasons you can learn more about here. That is not to say, though, that there is no way to reduce the amount of rubbish reaching the landfills.
Though the clay tiles may no longer serve their intended purpose on your roof, there are many other ways that you might put them to good use around your property. Does your small garage, shed, or other outbuilding need a new roof? Even if all of the tiles are not in good shape, it is likely that several are still up to the task of covering a structure. Rather than get rid of those that are still in decent shape, put them to good use atop that secondary structure on your property (If you intend to do this, though, be sure to mention it to the roofers before demolition begins to be sure that the tiles are handled carefully.).
Aside from building another roof, there are ways that clay tiles can be put to use. Many homeowners have come to embrace them as part of their landscaping efforts. They can be used to make truly stunning walk ways, fountain bases, or even as edging around gardens, shrubs, and trees. The terracotta color is very becoming and naturally appealing when matched with the variegated greens and bright pops of color of Houston gardens. While reducing your waste, you will also be saving yourself a great deal of money that would be needed to afford pavers or other such alternatives.
Clay tiles also happen to be highly fire resistant. For that reason, some homeowners have turned their old roofing into new and beautiful fire pits. Whether you intend to use it to host small bonfires or as the base to a much larger grill pit, you might consider enclosing your outdoor fire with clay tiles. They will add texture, beauty, and the necessary barrier needed to properly contain your heat source. If worse comes to worst and you can’t find another purpose for your tiles after your roof repair, Houston, Texas roofers might be able to recommend other homeowners looking for affordable Houston roofing solutions to use for their own outbuildings.
Affordable Houston Roofing Solutions
5100 Westheimer # 200-A1
Houston, TX 77056
Untitled | Flickr – Photo Sharing! : taken from – http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevepj2009/4735471454/Author: steve p2008 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en