When it comes to traditional roofing options, few can come close to the breathtaking design and everlasting durability of a tile roof. However, not all tile roofs are the same because some are made of clay while others are made of concrete. How are these two options different from each other? Your trusted local roofing contractor gives you a rundown on clay and concrete tile.

Clay vs. Concrete Roofing: What You Need to Know


When it comes to form, both options are exactly identical. Clay and concrete tiles used for roofing are contoured to add a dynamic texture to the roof surface. Clay tile may have a slight edge when it comes to color since concrete tile is usually gray unless an additive is used. Both options can also be painted with any color to match your personal preference.


Now comes the more technical aspect of both roofing options. According to roofers, clay and concrete tiles can both last as long as the structure they are installed on. Both do not burn when exposed to fire, making them safer than wood shakes. However, clay tile is a bit heavier than concrete, which means it boasts slightly better wind resistance.


Cost can be a deciding factor when it comes to choosing between clay and concrete tile. Although you get better wind resistance with clay tiles, the increased weight will require roofers to install extra support structures to accommodate the heavy material. This can make clay tile roofs more expensive upfront. Fortunately, both clay and concrete tile are energy-efficient, both having excellent thermal resistance.


Because of how clay tiles are produced, they are slightly more difficult to find than concrete tile (which could also mean clay could cost more). Concrete tiles take less time to make and the raw materials are readily available, which means you have better chances of finding concrete tiles. A leading roofing company like us offers both types of tile roofing, but you’ll have an easier time finding replacement tiles for concrete.

Whether choosing clay or concrete tile, make sure you’re getting your roofing from the pros. Stapleton Roofing provides high-quality roofing products in Paradise Valley, Peoria and Scottsdale, AZ. You can call us at (602) 833-7663 or you can fill out this contact form to get a free quote.