STONE-COATED TILES VS CLAY TILES: Which is best for DECRA roofing?

Thousands of roofs are installed every year using decra roofing tiles. The two types of decra roofing tiles that are commonly known are: clay tiles and stone-coated metal roofing tiles. It is usually difficult for most people to decide which of the two is best suited for construction projects, therefore this article aims to help you make an informed choice.

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In the past, clay tiles were the most popular roofing material as a result of the color, beauty, and form that other types of roofing tiles just couldn’t match. However, most builders failed to realize that clay tile roofing was one of the most fragile and high-maintenance roofing materials, thus there’s always a high price to pay for it in the long run.

Homeowners today have moved away from clay tile roofs because stone-coated metal roofing tiles, replicate the ageless beauty of clay tiles while offering unmatched strength and durability amongst many other added advantages.

A majority of discerning homeowners are upgrading to stone-coated decra metal roofing.

Read on to find out why.

  • Durability

In comparison to stone-coated decra tiles, clay tiles are prone to shattering and require replacement every few years to fix the cracks. This is every homeowner’s nightmare since you want a roof that will be a lifetime investment. You do not need to incur unnecessary maintenance costs hence stone-coated roofing tiles are the best alternative because they require no maintenance over the lifetime of the home.

  • Weight 

Did you know that the weight of the roof can be increased by 15% due to clay tile absorption of moisture adding weight stress to the roof?

This is a direct contrast to the stone-coated decra tiles which are resistant to moisture, or rain.

In addition to this, Clay tiles are one of the heaviest roofing materials with an average roof weight of 18,000 to 45,000 pounds.

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Maybe you are wondering at this point, how this information is relevant, but what you need to know is that the weight of the clay tiles translates to exaggerated roofing costs because clay tiles need a lot of timber as support which increases the cost of roofing in general.

By comparison, stone-coated decra tiles are among the lightest roofing materials, weighing just 3,700 to 4,500 pounds on average. As a result, less support is required for the roof, which results in improved cost-effectiveness.

  • Cost

As illustrated above we have already established how the weight of the decra tiles translates to the roofing cost.

Also, compared to clay tiles, stone-coated decra roofing tiles require fewer pieces during roof installation, proving to be more cost-effective.

Additionally, clay decra tiles are double the cost of stone-coated decra roofing tiles.

However, it is important to note that there is a considerable variation in the cost of decra roofing tiles in Kenya according to the different companies.

  • Strength

Roofers will tell you that they often have to walk on the tiles during roof installation and inspection.

It may interest you to learn that stone-coated roofing tiles are fully walkable thanks to the unrivaled strength of their high-grade multi-layered steel component.

Clay roofs, however, can easily be damaged when walked on.

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Making a wise investment in your roof is crucial, as it is, by far, one of the most significant aspects of your home. Build a home that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also provides value for your money. For your next building project, consider the stone-coated metal roofing tiles and you will thank us later.

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