Clay Roof Tiles and Concrete Roofing

Tile roofing has traditionally been made of clay but now concrete tile roofing is also manufactured.  Both types are popular with homeowners who are looking for a long-term roofing material.  They are also appreciated for these strengths: They give the home a unique and attractive appearance, they resist fire and insects, they are offered in many styles and colors, and they are extremely durable.

Roof Tile Description

Tile roofing consists of tiles made from clay or concrete.  The most familiar type is the S-shaped, or Spanish style, but now they are offered in a variety of patterns that give homeowners attractive options to better suit the home’s overall architecture and style.   Tile roof material is quite heavy and the frame and decking of the roof may have to meet higher structural standards.

Clay Tile Roofing: Clay tiles offer outstanding durability of 40-50 years minimum, in most cases. Manufacturers generally offer warranties for tile roofing of 50 years.  As noted, they can be heavy and metal bracketing may be required to support them on roofs with a steep pitch.  Today’s clay tile roofing comes in more colors than just the standard brick red, as colorants are added to achieve unique tones. Clay roofing tile can be fragile and should not be walked on.  This may make it difficult to work on exterior parts of the home that are above the first level of roofing.

Concrete Tile Roofing: Concrete tiles are a newer form of roofing than clay tiles and they have great potential.  They are made in a variety of patterns and with new types of additives and fiber reinforcement, they are becoming more lightweight while maintaining strength.  Color additives also make them available in a wide array of colors and styles including simulated wood shakes, light-weight concrete panels, s-shaped tiles and more.

Cost of Tile Roofing

Roof cost varies quite a bit based on style and composition of the tile roofing.  Prices range from $2 to $6 per square foot for the material, not including installation.  The roof price quoted by a roofer will usually include the cost to install the roof. Read more about how to estimate your tile roof cost.

Tile Roofing Longevity

Tile roofing is designed to last for a minimum of 40-50 years, and it often lasts much longer.  Occasional repairs and maintenance is required, but clay tile and concrete tile roofing is very durable.

Where is Tile Roofing Used?

While tile roofing, especially clay tile roofing, is still used more frequently in the south and southwest, it is growing in popularity throughout the country.  The addition of concrete tiles with their enhanced strength and ability to stand up to snow and ice has made tile roofing an option in more places.


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