Go Back to Basics With Clay Rooftops

Go Back to Basics With Clay Rooftops

Go Back to Basics With Clay Rooftops

Clay roof tiles are being used as a construction material for more than a century now. India was the country where these were first introduced by a German missionary in 1860 and since then, have gained popularity worldwide. However, with the changing times and introduction of new architectural designs and building material, clay rooftops had seemed to lose their charm.

But, lately, as people adopt the old environment and climate-friendly construction methods and material, clay rooftops have become popular among the urban masses. These tiles are not only environment-friendly but also add an aesthetic old-world charm to the property.

The use

In India, the trend of clay roof has picked up in cities of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu as the raw material is found in abundance here. Not just home's rooftop, people are also building watchman's shed, car portico and garden gazebo.

At present, these are being installed in two different methods — first, plain tile on top of metal or wooden rafters and second, to installing it over reinforced cement concrete (RCC) roofing.

Here's why clay roof tiles are making comeback in Indian homes:

Perfect for hot and humid conditions

Clay rooftops have been a common sight across homes built back in the early 1900s. Clay is a raw material available in abundance in India and is known to have the ability to keep the temperature in check. This property makes clay a key component for homes in India that witness hot and humid climate for a large part of the year. Clay roof tiles can help you lower your electricity bills because however hot it is, you would need no air conditioners.


Apart from keeping your home cool, these roof tiles also have a long life. And, now designed with new-age technology, these tiles have become more sturdy, non-corrosive, waterproof and even have the ability to protect the home from acid rains.

Aesthetic value

To make clay roof tiles more popular among consumers, these are now available in different finishes, textures, colours and shapes. Moreover, these are easy to install when compared to concrete roofs. Hence, fewer labour hours are required to install them.

A small glitch

Clay rooftops call for high maintenance costs. In fact, if you have installed these rooftops using the RCC roofing method, the cost increases by 10 to 15 per cent when compared to the cost required to construct a traditional concrete rooftop. The approximate cost to lay down the tiles is somewhere between Rs 12 and Rs 15 per square foot.

Last Updated: Thu Jun 29 2017

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