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Roofing Material Types 101: Clay and Concrete Tiles

Roofing Material Types 101: Clay and Concrete Tiles


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Clay and Concrete Tiles

The aesthetic of clay roofing tiles is hard to beat. They add instant charm to any home. 

More than just beautiful, however, clay roofing tiles are also durable and environmentally friendly. Below we’ll discuss some other reasons to consider clay or concrete as a roofing material alternative. 

Why Clay?

There are many durable roofing materials on the market, but when it comes to longevity, clay takes the cake. Clay roof tiles can last upwards of 100 years. By contrast, metal roofs come in second at nearly 70 years, whereas traditional asphalt shingles are lucky to push 20 years.

Clay and concrete roof tiles have the strength to withstand high winds and tornadoes. Made from natural materials, they’re also environmentally friendly and easy to recycle.

What to Consider When Installing a Clay Roof

Clay roofs offer many advantages, but they can also be among the most expensive types of roofing material for both materials and labor. Moreover, clay tiles are heavy, and the home’s structure may need to be upgraded in order to support the additional weight of the roof tiles. 

Despite their durability, they can also break when walked on, so maintenance can be tricky and will require the help of a professional. 

Lastly, clay tiles perform best in hot conditions and don’t handle big freeze-thaw cycles as well as other types of roofs.

If you’re considering replacing your Austin roof, there are several material alternatives for you to choose from. Depending on your aesthetic, performance and efficiency goals, clay may be an alternative to consider. 

Our team at Storm Guard of SW Austin is standing by to answer any of your roof-related questions. Get in touch  with us today to learn more about roof maintenance, repairs and replacements in Central Texas.