Clay Tiles vs Concrete Tiles

Our previous article outlined the differences between metal and composite shingle roofing, in this article, we’ll go over clay and concrete tile roofing. Choosing your home’s roofing materials is a no light task, but don’t be discouraged, once you learn about the differences between the roofing materials available, the right choice should become clearer.

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Clay Tiles

Clay tiles are a beautiful choice for homeowners when it comes to roofing material, they embody traditional European style and are also a beautiful choice for homes with a more modern design. They are a classic roofing material and are immediately identifiable. Clay tiles are made from natural clay and are fired in a kiln which helps their color to not fade over time; they are long lasting and don’t require a lot of maintenance. That said, clay tiles are a lot heavier than composition shingles or metal roofs and require a reinforced roof frame for extra support. Clay tiles are expensive to install, but since maintenance is low, the long-term cost is not high – especially given that clay tiles can last centuries. Since the clay tiles are fired, they won’t rot, they are also fire resistant, and won’t be affected by insects. The tiles can be easily broken by walking on them, so other house maintenance (gutters, fireplaces, etc.) might lead to roof damage.

Concrete Tiles

Concrete tiles are a fairly new addition to the roofing market; they can also be made to resemble slate, wood shakes, or even clay tiles. When compared to the cost of clay tiles, concrete tile is significantly less expensive, but the weight is still heavier than other roofing types, because of this a reinforced roof frame is often required. One advantage over clay or slate roofs is that concrete roofing does weigh less and therefore some of the structural problems resulting from the heavier clay or slate roofs can be avoided. Concrete tile is also fire, rot, and bug resistant, requires little to no maintenance, and is made to have a long life (about 50 years). For both clay and concrete tiles, be sure to check the warranty that comes with the tiles, there should be two warranties, the first from the manufacturer and the second is typically provided by the installation expert.