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Synthetic Barrel vs Clay Roofing

It’s no surprise that synthetic roofing systems like those offered from Brava Roof Tile are quickly changing the market. With so many perks (like lower cost, for one) and a look that isn’t compromised at all from the “real thing” these roofing systems are definitely one to consider for your next project. If you’re debating between natural clay barrel tile or synthetic barrel tile, read on to find out how these two materials stack up, and which one might be best for your home.

synthetic barrel vs clay tile roof

Synthetic or clay? Can you tell the difference?


If cost is a concern, synthetic will undoubtedly be your best choice. Brava composite roof tile costs on average ⅓ less than natural clay tile, and you also get quite a bit more bang for your buck. While clay and concrete barrel tile systems last on average 20-30 years (some have lasted 100+), this synthetic tile roofing is backed by a 50 year warranty, and is expected to last much longer than that.


Another important feature distinction to consider is the inherent weight involved in the installation of clay or concrete barrel tile roofing systems. While these often require additional structural support (and labor costs) prior to installation, synthetic barrel tile comes in at just ⅓ of the weight— meaning you can have it installed without any additional structural support costs.


All of this might sound too good to be true, and at this point you’re probably asking “But what does it look like?” Whether it’s a professional real estate agent or a nosy neighbor checking out your new roof, people are hard-pressed to tell the difference between natural clay barrel tiles and synthetic ones. Sure, if you’re the person up on the roof during the install you’ll know (for one thing you can walk on them without causing damage), but otherwise these roofing systems look remarkably similar— that is to say you won’t be sacrificing on appearance if you choose synthetic. Synthetic barrel tiles are also much more fully customizable than natural alternatives, as they’re made from 100% recycled materials and easily produced in a wider variety of colors, shapes, and textures. Even though your roof is made of composite, it will look anything but.


Unlike the brittle composition of clay and concrete tiles, synthetic roof tiles offer the ultimate protection from the elements. Being made from flexible, weather-resistant composite material, these replica barrel tiles won’t shatter at the first sign of impact, whether this happens during the installation or long after.


One of the biggest headaches of a natural roofing system is the install, and fortunately for you (and your contractor), synthetic roofing makes it much, much easier. Installed with the simple use of a nail gun, synthetic barrel tiles can also be put up during any and all weather conditions. So if you were worried your old roof might not lasting one more rainy season, don’t delay in making an appointment just because the weather has started to turn. These easily-installed systems can be up and protecting your home in no time- with no additional construction or planning required.

Want more information on synthetic roofing? Still interested in clay tile? Contact Polaris Roofing systems today, call: (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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