Concrete Roofing Tile

The Anatomy of Concrete Roof Tile

Contrary to more temporary roofing options, such as asphalt shingles, the design of a concrete roof tile is somewhat complex. Each of its features play an integral role in the tile’s overall performance – whether it be the way it looks, how it’s installed, or the level of protection it provides to the structure its installed on. Let’s take a look at what exactly those features are.

Fastener Hole: predrilled holes in the concrete roof tile where the screw or nail used to fasten the tile to the roof deck is be applied.

Batten Lug: the portion of the concrete roof tile that protrudes from the top of the back side of tile, allowing it to engage with the battens, hold the tile in place and ensure the field tile courses are straight.

Cover Lock: the overlapping portion of the interlocking joint of concrete roof tile that covers the channel lock, or water channel, to ensure water tightness.

Channel Lock: also known as a water channel on low and medium profile tiles, it is the lower portion of the interlocking joint of concrete roof tile; acts as a trough for any water that enters the joint.

Cap: the convex, or barrel, portion of a high or medium barrel concrete roof tile.

Pan: the concave portion of a high or medium barrel concrete roof tile.

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How the TRI Alliance Can Help You

The Tile Roofing Institute (TRI), a respected partner of Eagle Roofing Products and other roof tile manufacturers, is a non-profit association of producers and associates of concrete and clay tile and has been the primary voice for the tile roofing industry for over 40 years. Recently, the organization underwent a name change and will now be known as the Tile Roofing Industry Alliance, or TRI Alliance.

Although the logo and name has been modified, the organization’s mission to serve as a resource, advocate, and true partner to members, builders, contractors and legislators in order to create change will remain the same.

The TRI Alliance website,, is one of many valuable resources the organization has to offer. There, you can find an abundance of information on roof tile, its advantages over other roofing materials, FAQ’s and technical information, such as downloadable installation manuals.

In addition, the latest training schedule can also be found on the website. These courses are great for both entry level and experienced roofers, consultants, and industry professionals who work with tile roofing and want to expand their skills. Facilitated by the TRI Alliance, the two courses offered are the Installation Manual Certification course, which is available in all states except for Florida, and the Florida High Wind Manual Certification course, which is exclusive to Florida. The certification is valid for two years and can be renewed online or in person.

Professionals who participate in the training and pass the multiple-choice test can market their knowledge by using the TRI Alliance Certification logo on their website and marketing materials. They are also added to the site’s “Find a Contractor” page where homeowners can search for a TRI Alliance Certified contractor, manufacturer, supplier, inspector or consultant in their area.

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Concrete Roof Tiles – The Ideal Roofing Material to Pair with Solar Panels

If you’re in need of a new roof, whether it be for a new home or existing one, and are considering having solar panels installed, look no further for a complementing roofing material than concrete roof tiles.

Not only are they durable, sustainable and aesthetically stunning, but concrete roof tiles are also inherently energy efficient. In fact, concrete tile roofs can cut the transfer of heat into the attic by up to 50 percent when compared to other roofing materials. Plus, their inherent reflective properties permit the reflection of sunlight, which releases the heat instead of absorbing it and transferring it from the roof deck and into the structure. This can contribute to limited HVAC usage inside the home, reducing energy costs and the overall attic temperature, extending the life of the roof. Plus, with the addition of solar panels, you will receive a monthly savings of over $100 in utility costs – maximizing the overall energy efficiency and energy cost savings from your roof. This is possible due to the fact that you only pay for electricity when your monthly energy consumption exceeds what can be captured by your solar panels, aside from the initial cost of purchase and installation.

With the average installation costs of solar panels ranging from $11,214 to $14,406 after tax credits, it’s apparent that they are a long-term investment that you’ll want to maximize. Most solar panels come with 20-year warranties that guarantee they will produce at least 80 percent of the rated power after 20 years of use. So the roofing material beneath them will need to last just as long, if not longer. This is no problem for concrete roof tiles. According to a study performed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), a trade association that helps promote and represent the policies of the U.S. housing industry, concrete tile, such as those manufactured by Eagle Roofing Products, possess a lifespan of 75 years. When installed properly, concrete tile roofs can also withstand the harshest of elements including wind gusts of up to 180mph, damage from hail stones up to 2”, exceed freeze/thaw climate requirements and are fire resistant.

Other roofing materials like asphalt shingles, however, can prematurely dry out, lose granules, crack, and deteriorate. This can lead to roof leaks and water damage within the underlying layers of the roof all within 10 to 15 years of its supposed 30-year lifespan. That means, if you pair a more temporary roofing material, such as asphalt shingles, with solar panels, you will more than likely have to do an entire roof replacement before your solar panels have even reached their intended lifespan.

So, select a roofing material that will maximize your energy cost savings, reduce your carbon footprint and increase the lifespan of your solar investment and choose concrete roof tiles.

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Concrete Roof Tiles and Harsh Weather Conditions

No matter which region of the United States or Canada you reside in, your home or property is subjected to some form of inclement weather. That’s why concrete roof tile manufacturers, such as Eagle Roofing Products, manufacture a roofing material that is constantly tested to exceed expectations and industry requirements, providing lifetime protection to the structure it covers.

When it comes to fire, which is an issue that many dry regions are prone to, concrete roof tiles have been proven to be safer than traditional roofing materials, like asphalt shingles, wood shake or metal.

They possess the highest resistance rating possible – Class A – and can withstand temperatures of 1400°F ± 50°F without the spread of flames, as shown in the photo after a fire resistance test was conducted. Concrete tile roofs also facilitate air circulation under the tile, which reduces heat transfer to the attic during a fire.

While they are most prevalent in the sunbelt region of the U.S., concrete roof tiles are a prime choice for structures in cold or high freeze-thaw cycling areas. Unlike more porous roofing materials like asphalt shingles, concrete roof tiles, are not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile (excludes slurry/color bonded tiles). In addition, when the system is installed and ventilated correctly, ice-damming and tile expansion and contraction, which can occur with changes in temperature, is minimized.

They are the ideal roofing option for regions that experience hurricanes and severe storms as well. In fact, they have been tested to sustain wind speeds of up to 180 miles per hour when installed properly, depending on the manufacturer. Their design and construction provide high air permeability, helping to relieve wind stress. As for hail storms, concrete roof tiles can resist damage from hailstones larger than the size of a golf ball without cracking or breaking on impact.

If you’re in the market for a new roof, regardless of which region you reside in or what harsh weather conditions you may face, a properly installed concrete tile roof is sure to deliver the protection and peace of mind that few other roofing systems can provide.

For more information regarding concrete tile roofs and Eagle Roofing Products, visit or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Layers of a Concrete Tile Roof

A concrete tile roof is comprised of a system of components that work together to protect the structure it is installed on from the outside elements. Manufacturers, such as Eagle Roofing Products, proudly create concrete roof tiles that are Class A fire tested, hail/impact resistant, Miami-Dade high velocity hurricane zone approved and freeze-thaw rated; however, in order for a tile roof to rise to its upmost protection potential, all essential layers of the roof system must be present and installed properly. These layers include:

Framing: the structural framework of wood trusses designed to bridge the space above a room and provide and support the weight of all the materials used to build your roof.

Roof Deck: the roofing material that sits on top of the roof trusses, often made from sheets of plywood.

Eave Drip Edge Flashing: perimeter metal flashing installed to protect raw edges of roof deck from water penetration.

Underlayment: a water shedding membrane that is usually made of felt or fiberglass paper that covers the entire roof deck, preventing the passage of water to the underlying layers of the roof system.

Ventilation: located at specific points throughout the roof, attic vents encourage air movement up through the roof system, allowing warm, moist air to escape.

Flashing: an impervious material used to cover, waterproof and direct water away from penetrating seams where different materials meet on the roof.

Eave Riser/Bird Stop/Eave Closure: a strip of metal under the concrete roof tile that prevents wildlife intrusion while providing proper rise for the eave course (first row of tile) for flat tiles and closes the convex opening below the eave course for barrel profiles.

Concrete Roof Tile: made from sand, cement and water, concrete roof tiles are an interlocking roof covering material that are available in various surface appearances, edge treatments and profiles/shapes to emulate other popular roof coverings while providing added benefits in energy efficiency, sustainability and durability.

For more information on the layers of a concrete tile roof, additional components used and how they are installed, visit the Tile Roofing Institute or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Winterizing Your Concrete Tile Roof

With the upcoming holiday season approaching, the frigid temperatures and snowy conditions of winter are not far behind. Take a look at these tips to make sure your concrete tile roof is prepared to keep your home warm, cozy and protected all winter long.

Clean gutters and downspouts. With outside temperatures dropping, trees will begin shedding their leaves, limbs and branches, if they haven’t done so already. Make sure your gutters are clear of this debris so that rainwater and melting snow can drain properly. Failure to do so may cause water to back up onto the roof, freeze, and create ice dams, which can cause extensive damage to your roof. Regions that do not endure freezing temperatures can also experience damage due to clogged gutters. Areas affected can include the landscaping, roof decking, stucco and even the foundation.

Trim overhanging tree limbs. The increased wind speeds and the extra weight of snow can cause overhanging tree limbs to bend and break with the potential to land directly onto your roof.  This could lead to damaged roof tiles and water intrusion issues.

Look for any troubling areas. This includes broken or cracked tiles and damaged flashing on the roof, as well as any signs of water intrusion in the attic. When inspecting these areas, you’ll want to use a ladder and proper safety equipment. Be sure the ladder is securely footed and remember to never walk on an icy roof. It is advised that you contact a licensed and bonded roofing contractor to take a closer look and perform a thorough inspection and/or repair.

Once you have taken the necessary steps to winterize your concrete tile roof and had it professionally inspected by a licensed and bonded roofing contractor, you can rest assured that your home is ready for the most wonderful time of the year!

For more information regarding tile roof maintenance, visit Eagle’s Quick Facts page or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Eagle Makes Specifying Concrete Roof Tile Easy for Architects

When it comes to planning and designing commercial and residential projects, Eagle Roofing Products wants to make specifying and learning about our products an effortless process for design professionals. That’s why we offer a multitude of resources at your disposal, including:

In addition, Eagle has partnered with Ron Blank and Associates and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to become a registered provider with the AIA Continuing Education Systems (AIA/CES). We gladly facilitate various opportunities for design professionals to earn their AIA LU/HSW CE Hours:

  • EAG07A Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 1 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hour: This one-hour online course takes an in-depth look at concrete roof tiles including design options, manufacturing and installation processes, testing and code compliance, and sustainable attributes and lifecycle cost analysis.
  • IEA07-A Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 1 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hour: Presented in a Lunch ‘n Learn classroom setting by an InfoSpec registered Subject Matter Expert, participants will enjoy a complimentary catered lunch as they engage in an informative concrete roof tile specific 50-minute PowerPoint presentation concluded by a 10-minute Q&A session period.
  • IEA07-B Concrete Roof Tiles: The Natural Choice for Durability and Sustainability – 2 AIA LU/Health Safety & Welfare (HSW) CE Hours: This interactive two-hour course will take an in-depth look at concrete roof tiles and their manufacturing process from the introduction of raw materials to the finished product. Sustainable attributes, testing and code compliance will also be discussed.
  • Coming Soon. Concrete Tile Roofing – The World’s Most Sustainable and Energy Efficient Roof System 1 AIA/Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) Hour: visit for updates and details.

For questions regarding specification tools, or to learn more about Eagle’s CE courses available to you, contact your local Eagle Account Representative today!

Concrete Roof Tile: Weight Equals Strength

It is well known that tile roofs are generally heavier in weight than other roofing materials. While this is commonly perceived as a disadvantage, it’s actually quite beneficial! The weight of concrete roof tiles in particular results in added energy efficiency, durability and longevity.

The density of concrete roof tiles leads to high thermal mass, which represents the ability of a material to absorb and store heat energy. This means that during summer months, the tiles absorb heat, keeping the house comfortable. In winter, the same thermal mass can store the heat from the sun to release it at night and help the home stay warm. In addition, independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory demonstrated that roof tiles have the ability to cut the transfer of heat by up to 50% when compared to other roofing materials, like asphalt shingles.

Another benefit that the weight of concrete roof tile offers is superior strength and ratings. When installed properly, concrete roof tiles are able to resist the harshest of weather conditions and are known to last as long as the structure it’s supporting. Manufacturers, such as Eagle Roofing Products, are proud to call their tile Class A fire resistant, hail/impact resistant, Miami-Dade high velocity hurricane zone approved and freeze-thaw rated.

The aforementioned durability trait of the concrete roof tiles results in an unbeatable lifespan. When compared to other roofing materials in a study performed by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the lifespan of tile roofs far exceeds that of any other roofing material with just 1 reroof needed within a 75-year time period. That means concrete tile roofs can last 3-4 times as long as a temporary asphalt shingle roofs and cost 1/3 of the price at the end of the roof’s life.

Even with all of these benefits of concrete roof tile’s weight listed, you may still be wondering how your house or commercial property will support the weight of the roof system. Well, houses with pre-engineered trusses, more often than not, are capable of supporting a tile roof. If a roof has conventional framing, or no pre-engineered trusses, an engineer can be consulted to assess the load capacity. Often times, upgrades to framing are minimal, if necessary at all. Some manufacturers are even known to reimburse a portion of the cost for an engineering report.

Don’t let the weight of concrete roof tiles limit your options to less permanent alternatives with low energy efficiency capabilities, durability and longevity. Contact your local Eagle Roofing Products Account Representative today to begin your concrete roof tile selection process!

Key Features and Benefits of Concrete Tile Roofs

For centuries, tile roofs have withheld a reputation as the most durable, timeless roofing material available. Concrete roof tiles in particular take these benefits a step further in their design capabilities, testing and sustainability. Let’s take a look at just how beneficial selecting a concrete tile roof can be!


Concrete roof tiles are available in a wide variety of colors. In fact, concrete roof tile manufacturers such as Eagle Roofing Products offer over 150 color options. From monochromatic hues, to light and dark ranges, to multi-colored blends, selecting concrete roof tiles as your material of choice makes it easy to coordinate your roof with any exterior color palette.

They are also offered in a multitude of profiles – emulating clay, wood shakes and natural slate – to match any architectural style. This makes the selection process easy for any new construction or reroof project.


Concrete tile roofs have the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material, are Class A fire rated and, in most cases, can meet up to a Class 4 hail rating as described in FM 4473. When properly installed, they can withstand sustained wind speeds up to 180mph and offer an added layer of built-in protection as the tile itself provides a tough, water shedding outer shell with the underlayment working as an extra shield.

Green Building

With such low life cycle costs, concrete roof tiles are able to meet LEED and Energy Star requirements. They are also environmentally friendly as they are produced without the worry of depleting limited natural resources, are fully recyclable and do not contain chemical preservatives.

According to independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, concrete roof tiles are highly reflective and have the ability to cut the transfer of heat compared to other roofing materials, such as asphalt shingles, by up to 50%. They also facilitate natural air ventilation that creates a heat transfer barrier, providing the benefit of a cooler house in the summer and a warmer house in the winter, as well as lower heating and cooling costs.

To conclude, concrete roof tiles are manufactured to meet any architectural need, are able to withstand the harshest of weather conditions when installed properly, and possess inherent benefits that other common roofing materials, such as metal and asphalt shingles, do not. So, if you’re in the market for a new roof, choose one that can withstand the tests of time while remaining aesthetically stunning; choose a concrete tile roof!

For more information regarding concrete tile roofs and Eagle Roofing Products, visit the Why Tile? page or contact your local Eagle Account Representative.

Rakeless Options with Flat Concrete Roof Tile

If you’re considering selecting one of Eagle Roofing Products’ flat concrete roof tile profiles for your home or commercial structure, and want to give the exterior more of a modern style, there are several rakeless detail options you can choose from to deliver this effect.

Traditional flat tile installations include a 90-degree rake piece that goes along the outer sloped edge of the roofline. A rakeless installation, on the other hand, facilitates a sleeker appearance for low profile concrete tile roofs by achieving a sleeker appearance with clean edges along the roofscape. This can be done by using Eagle’s Rake Seal or a metal rake.

Specially designed to fit Eagle concrete roof tile, Rake Seal is a UV and weather resistant foam that prevents intrusion by weather, debris and animals at all rake edges and gable ends. Not only is it an easier, more cost-effective alternative to rake trim, but it is also a practical solution that protects against the elements, while facilitating multiple architectural types, from modern to traditional. Depending on the code requirements in your area, a mudded finish may be added in areas prone to wind driven rain.

The other rakeless method, metal rakes, can be used with all concrete roof tile profile shapes; not just flat. The metal strips are visible along the rake when installed, but can be painted to match the exterior’s trim or fascia color. This offers a more minimalistic look than traditional rake tile, while providing weatherblocking throughout the roof.

Once you have selected a flat concrete roof tile and decided that one of these modern, rakeless installations is what your project needs, consult with your bonded and certified professional roofing contractor. It is important to discuss this option prior to having the tiles ordered and installed as traditional rake tiles will not be ordered.

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