Clay Tiles Can Help To Keep Your Home Cool

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Your choice of roofing material should depend on more than just its cost. Because of how much space a roof takes up, it can dominate the view of your house from any angle where the roof is visible. A roof is also exposed to the full force of the sun's onslaught. With these factors in mind, you should consider buying a roof that will reduce your cooling costs even as it enhances the aesthetic appeal of your home. 

Aesthetics

Clay tiles have been used on roofs for centuries in regions such as the Mediterranean, central America, and South America. Thus, using clay tiles on your home can help to enhance the look of your home if you're looking to model your house in one of these styles. It pairs exceptionally well with adobe but can be used in other applications as well. While clay tiles will cost more than other choices such as asphalt shingles, their aesthetic appeal will increase the curb appeal of your home, so they can help you to get more money out of your home if you ever decide to sell it. 

Cooling Costs

Some roofing materials will absorb heat from the sun and allow it seep into you home while other materials will enhance your home's defenses. For the best heat dampening effects, look for S-barrel tiles. These tiles will have an S-curve to them, which will create channels beneath the curves of the tile. Any heat that the tiles absorb will leak into these tiles and rise up your roof to the ridge where special vents will allow the heat to rise up and away from your roof. You can also find clay tiles that are treated with a reflective coating. This will help your tiles to reflect even more of the sun's rays away from your home. 

Clay tiles cost more money to install than other options, but as discussed, they have their advantages. They also have disadvantages. They are heavier than other roofing materials, so if you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, the combined weight of the snow and the tiles can cause your roof to collapse. If you are considering clay tiles for your roof, you will want to weigh the advantages against the disadvantages and determine if they are right for your home. In general, clay tiles work well in the southern states but probably are not the right choice for homes built in the north of the country. 

For more information, talk to a roofing contractor like Lawson Brothers Construction.

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Green Living: A Guide to Saving on Energy Usage

Saving money is important in a home with six children. As they grow, the bills seem to grow with them. After paying a particularly high energy bill, I decided that enough was enough. I researched ways that I could make my home more energy efficient without spending a ton of money. To help other parents in the same boat, I created this blog. Helpful tips, such as replacing your home's windows, can save you a great deal of money in the long run. Hopefully, the information provided here can also help preserve the environment and make it a better place for our children.