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Tile roofs are durable, sturdy, and dripping with curb appeal. They also come in more colors and styles than slate, asphalt shingles, metal, or wood. But there’s one important decision left to make: clay roof tile or concrete roof tile?

When choosing “paper or plastic” at the supermarket, you already know both choices hold items to help facilitate a smoother transition from store to home. But roof structures might be unfamiliar territory. And with all the competition on the market, sometimes it’s hard to tell facts from tactics.

The professionals at Polaris Roofing Systems are ready to give you all the information and support you need. Call us today at (928) 699-4840.

What Concrete Roof Tile and Clay Roof Tile Share

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Curb Appeal for Half a Century

Concrete tiles and clay tiles both come in more shapes and colors than other roofing materials. This means a wider array of style and design options to make your roof pop. Polaris Roofing Systems boasts a full range of tile profiles, shapes, and colors to choose from.

Clay tiles patina over time, individually and rustically like a vintage Arizona sunset. But if you prefer uniformity that doesn’t fade, change, or need repainting, look to concrete tiles.

Tile doesn’t mess around when it comes to curb appeal. Durable through roasting UV rays and thrashing hail, either tile choice protects you for half a century and looks good while doing it.

Repelling Water

Both tile types are impervious to water. Concrete’s absorption rate is 13% and clay’s is only 6%. This means both tile types can withstand the weather’s worst blows.

Low absorption rates mean little weight disruption. They also mean that both clay tile roofs and concrete roof tiles are resistant to mold and algae growth. Any home or business owner in a thaw/freeze climate should consider clay tiles or concrete tiles for their durability.

Where Concrete and Clay Both Fall Short

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If you want to extend the life of your tile roof, make sure you have professional roof flashing and superior underlays. Concrete roof tile and clay tile are both strong, long-lasting choices, but require proper maintenance. They both require a sturdy, lasting foundation.

  • Both require special underlays to support their weight
  • Both are more porous than other roofing materials
  • Both require knowledgeable, experienced installation

What Clay Does Better (and Worse)

Barrel roof tiles made from clay lasts 2x longer than concrete. That means the average lifespan of a clay roof is 60 to 100 years. Clay tiles also patina as they age, adding charm without having to lift a finger.

Clay costs more money to have installed so you pay more up front. The tiles are also prone to more breakage than concrete tiles. Clay tiles can’t support walking weight during installation (concrete tiles can).

They are slightly more water-repellent and are slightly lighter. Best of all, clay tiles require little maintenance and can be wiped cleaned or washed. Over time, clay tiles require less upkeep than concrete.

What Concrete Does Better (and Worse)

Concrete tile is one of the strongest roofing materials. It costs less money to install than clay tile but still boasts an impressive lifespan. And the extra weight of concrete tiles means they can support walking weight during installation (by properly trained roofing experts).

Concrete roofs are slightly more porous than clay roofs. Concrete tiles are also more prone to weight shifting than clay tiles, but concrete installs without nails, reducing points of rust and weakness.

Concrete roofing will need specialized cleaning during its lifespan. It can, however, withstand stronger wind and hail without damage. Concrete roof tiles are newer, cheaper, and provide the best overall value.

Making the Right Choice for Your Roof

There’s no wrong choice when it comes to choosing between concrete roof tile and clay roof tile. Just like at the supermarket, both choices are resilient to the harshest elements, including time, and will help give your home added curb appeal.

Concrete roofing tiles are stronger, more resilient, and cheaper. Clay roofing tiles are costly up front but require minimal upkeep and may last as long as your building. No matter what you choose, top-of-the-line flashing and underlays are crucial to getting the most out of your tile.

The professionals at Polaris Roofing Systems are knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to support the residents of Flagstaff and the surrounding areas. Whether you choose concrete roof tile or clay roof tile, or still can’t decide, call the experts at Polaris Roofing Systems (928) 699-4840.

Justin Young

Justin Young

Justin young has been in the construction trade for nearly 25 years, focusing on insurance restoration and roofing. While attending Arizona State he worked in new construction custom homes until the opportunity came to get back into restoration and roofing. Roofing came full circle and Justin was promoted to General Manager of a local roofing company. As that progressed he ventured out on his own to start his own company, Polaris Roofing Systems. He prides himself on being on the cutting edge of roofing materials, applications and roof quality. Justin enjoys spending time with his 2 young children and wife. Justin prides himself, his company and continued growth on the people around him and the integrity for which it stands for.

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