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Home Improvement and House Design Ideas – Roof Tiles: Concrete vs. Clay

July 14, 2016

If you love the distinct and attractive look of roof tiles, then you are among a growing number of homeowners who pick tiles as the roofing material of choice. While initially, tile roofs can be a costly investment, especially if you opt for clay vs. concrete tiles, they offer many great benefits, including:

  • Durability
  • Longevity
  • Great Curb Appeal
  • Low Maintenance

Traditional (non-metal made) tiles are available in concrete or clay and come in a multitude of shapes, profiles, and colors.


What’s The Difference in Cost Between Concrete and Clay Tiles?

With all of the reasons mentioned above, it should come as no surprise that clay tiles cost about 30% more than concrete tiles. The average cost of clay tiles is $10 to $15 per square foot, installed.

Since both clay and concrete tiles are expensive in comparison to most other roofing choices, you should consider whether all the added benefits that real tiles have to offer are worth the extra expense. The total life-cycle cost of tiles is actually quite low compared to composition shingles since clay tiles can last for as long as 100 years, while concrete tiles should protect your roof for 50 years plus.


The Verdict?

If unique style and authenticity are what you are looking for, then tiles can be a sound choice for your home, provided that you are also willing to invest in the structural reinforcement of your roof truss structure.

Whether you are interested in tiles or asphalt shingles, cedar shingles, natural slate, or metal roofing, this calculator will instantly give you an estimate of the cost of a new roof, based on your home’s ground dimensions and the type of a roofing system you are interested in. Just input your roof’s basic measurements and slope, and let the calculator do the rest!

Once you’ve made your decision, contact the experts at Smart Roofing, Inc. at 847.797.0404 or or email to install your new roof!

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