Everyone knows asphalt shingles are the most popular material for residential roofs, but it wouldn’t hurt to consider some of the alternatives. After all, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to home improvement projects. One of the more well-known alternatives is roof tiles, which have excellent durability, great curb appeal and minimal maintenance needs.
Roof tiles are either made from concrete or clay. Which is better? Here’s a quick comparison guide to help you decide:
Both concrete and clay roof tiles can last for a long time, with the former usually lasting 30 to 50 years and the latter capable of withstanding natural wear and tear as well as wind damage for up to 100 years.
Of course, without proper maintenance, even roofing materials with lengthy estimated lifespans won’t last long. In general, clay tiles have fewer maintenance needs than concrete tiles. Keep in mind that while the roofing exterior plays an important role in protecting your roof, it isn’t the only component of your roof. Other roofing components will need routine maintenance as well, which is why, regardless of which tile you choose, it’s important that you stick to a routine maintenance schedule.
The two roof tiles’ long lifespans are partly due to their exceptional durability. Both are resistant to several common roofing problems, including fire and strong winds. In particular, concrete tiles’ resistance to hail damage makes them suitable for areas that experience occasional hailstorms.
If you want to add a classic feel to your facade, clay tile roofs have been a common sight in Europe for centuries. If, on the other hand, you want more design flexibility, concrete roof tiles can mimic the appearance of a wide variety of roofing materials, including traditional clay tiles, wood shake, slate and stone.
Concrete roof tiles weigh more than clay tiles. However, compared to other roofing materials, both options are significantly heavier. As such, installing these kinds of tiles might be more difficult, which is why only experienced contractors should handle tile roof installations.
Goodrich Roofing has been providing professional roofing and storm damage repair services to local residents since 1946. To get a free quote, call us at (505) 219-4450. We serve homeowners in Albuquerque, NM, as well as the surrounding communities.