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Home Buying Is Easier When You Know Your Remodeling Options

While I am not a professional contractor, I have a good friend who is. He often calls and tells me about his days and I have learned a lot about home renovations and remodeling options just listening to his stories. Knowing my home remodeling options greatly aided the shopping experience when I was ready to purchase my first home. I wanted to live in a location close to my family, and there were limited homes on the market in the area. However, due to knowing what changes could be made to an existing home, I was able to find a good house that I knew I could make great with just a few changes after I bought it. I was recently inspired to create a blog to share what I have learned about home renovations with anyone who would like to read it!


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Why Terra-Cotta Tiles

Is your roof leaking? Are you finally ready to invest in a new material to repair your leaks and give your home a facelift? While roof replacement is expensive, it is definitely worth it if you have a leaky and outdated roof. That is, smart homeowners will invest in a new roofing material in order to not only increase the value of the property but also to add insulation to it.

Terra-Cotta is Great for Roofing

When it comes to choosing a new material for your roof, it is hard to beat the style and convenience of Mexican or Spanish tiles. Whether you call them Mexican tiles or Spanish tiles, the style is very desirable all over the world. These pinkish tiles are made out of terra-cotta, which is a clay material. Many products are just left the natural clay color, while others are glazed and painted.

Terra-cotta is a material that is lightweight, durable, and very affordable. It is certainly cheaper than most comparable natural stone tiles on the market. Of course, not all terra-cotta tiles are considered to be Spanish or Mexican style. The Spanish (or Mexican) style is usually rounded with a scallop shape; this looks stylish on pitched roofs because of the pattern and extra dimension it creates. This shape can also help to channel water on a sloped roof, making the perfect in rainy climates.

Durability of Terra-Cotta

Spanish tile roofs are a little bit brittle, so they aren't the longest lasting option on the market. Most importantly, you usually cannot walk on the Spanish tile roof because of the risk of cracking the tiles. A terra-cotta tile roof can last over 40 years, but some synthetic products last at least twice as long. Even though they don't last too long compared to some natural stones and synthetic products, terra-cotta tiles represent great value for your money. They are among the cheapest residential roofing options on the market. They are almost always the cheapest hard tile available.

Terra-Cotta is Eco-Friendly

Terra-cotta Spanish tiles are also eco-friendly. They are produced using sustainable methods and minimal chemicals. Also, a home with Spanish tiles is going to have great solar insulation. The rounded shape creates a buffer zone that helps slow down solar absorption. Considering how terra-cotta tiles are relatively affordable and cheap to install, it makes sense that they are so popular for people looking to update their roof.

To learn more, contact a home exterior company near you.