Differences Between Concrete And Clay Tiles

“I’ve been looking at roofing materials in my neighborhood for awhile, trying to decide what to use when I replace my roof this summer. I know I want a step up from traditional asphalt shingles, but beyond that I’m not sure. What are the differences between concrete and clay tiles? Is one better? Will one last longer?”

Choosing a roofing material for your home can be a difficult decision. It’s a choice you usually only make once, so taking the time to discover your best options, and which choice you’ll be happy with for years to come is important.differences between concrete and clay tiles Differences Between Concrete And Clay Tiles

Clay tiles have been used for thousands of years throughout Europe and China. Naturally, they have migrated to all parts of their world. Which means here in the US, depending on the area, you’ll find clay tiles used in abundance.

With both concrete and clay, the number one reason they are used as widely as they are is because of their fire resistant tendencies. That is an added bonus here across the Front Range, especially if you live in a neighborhood threatened by our sweeping fire storms.

Concrete tiles have one distinct advantage over clay: cost. Depending on your choice, you will find them to be as much as 50 percent less than their clay counterparts.

Clay tiles have two distinct advantages over concrete:

Color – the color of a clay tile will not be affected by the elements as will its concrete counterpart. Although concrete tiles are manufactured with pigment mixed in to the entire thickness of the tile, color in concrete will fade over time.

Durability – clay tiles that are made the traditional way through firing have been known to provide a century or more of service. Because clay will not burn or rot, they are some of the most durable products you will find throughout history. Concrete can be affected by the elements, especially during freezing/thawing processes. While today’s top manufacturers estimate a life span of 30 to 50 years, concrete will crumble over time.

Both concrete and clay tiles will add weight to your roof. The typical asphalt roof after installation will weigh around 230 pounds per square, whereas its concrete or clay counterpart will add anywhere from 500 to 1100 pounds per square. If your home currently has asphalt shingles, talk with a roofing expert to determine if your roof is built to withstand the weight, or if extra support will need to be added for installation. That can add to the costs, and is something to take into consideration when making your final decision.

If you are thinking about your home’s resale value, there is no better way to go than to add clay tiles. Because clay tiles easily can offer more than double the life span of concrete tiles, to a home buyer, that can mean the difference between expecting a costly home improvement project down the road, and knowing they will have a durable roof for life. Which would you choose?

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