Distinctive, beautiful, sustainable tile is the rooﬁng material of choice for quality and longevity. Its natural aesthetics have been highly valued for thousands of years, and are so today, with the addition of a multitude of shapes, proﬁles and colors for endless decorative possibilities. And unlike wood shakes or asphalt shingles, tile reliably holds its color and maintains its beauty over a very long lifespan.
Tile has much more to offer than good looks. Tile roofs are exceptionally resistant to water, frost, fire, wind and insect damage, lasting for centuries rather than decades. When a building owner invests in a properly installed tile roof, it’s likely the last roof they’ll ever need to buy – a huge plus when it comes to resale value.
CONCRETE - Concrete is a durable option that can mimic different types of roofing materials, like asphalt, slate, and even
wood shingles. Concrete is also cheaper than options like clay and can last upwards of 50 years.
On the other hand, concrete is still heavy and can put a lot of stress on the structure of a home. They also require more maintenance, especially because of water absorption.
CLAY - Clay tiles are another natural roofing option, made from earthen clay and molded and fired for
durability. It is a great option for homes in hot climates, making them popular in southern coastal and desert regions. They also absorb less moisture, meaning they require less
But, one major disadvantage of clay tiles is that they are expensive. While clay tiles are lighter than concrete tiles, they can add a lot of weight to a home's structure, which can cause issues. Although they offer some level of durability, clay tiles are incredibly fragile and can break when it comes to working on them.
SLATE - Whether tiles or
shingles, there is no denying the popularity of slate as one of the natural types of roof materials for homes. It is beautiful, incredibly durable, and can last for a very long time.
Unfortunately, slate is heavy–meaning not all homes are strong enough to support the weight.