Concrete Roof vs. Clay Roof: The Differences May Surprise You

For centuries, clay tiles have been synonymous with old-world style, classic architecture and European appeal. This is in part due to the fact that most fired roof tiles since around the third millennium B.C. were lumped into the category of “clay tile.” While understandable, this creates confusion with similar products and the different benefits they offer. 

Take for instance concrete roof tile.  Stunning, durable and proven to have a long-term performance rate –  especially when compared to alternative roofing materials used in the market today –  it is not uncommon for consumers to confuse concrete tiles with clay and vice versa. While the two may bear resemblances aesthetically, there are plenty of important differences one must understand when considering a new roofing project, which is arguably one of the most important purchasing decisions for home and business owners.

To make matters more stressful, the array of roofing material options can sometimes seem endless. We want to make this process easier for you; therefore, we have compiled a comprehensive comparison chart discussing the differences and similarities between concrete and clay.


Concrete Tiles Clay Tiles

• Lasts the life of the structure

• Class A Fire Tested

• High Wind Tested for sustained winds of up to 180 mph

• Hail/Impact Tested*

• Freeze Thaw Protection**

*May not apply to all tiles from all production plants
**Excludes color bonded/slurry tiles

Clay tiles have all of the same benefits that concrete roof tiles have. The inherent difference is that they weigh more than concrete roof tile, thus the need to ensure that your roof can support the weight. You may need to add support beams before beginning installation.

An Eagle Roofing Products concrete tile roof comes with a Lifetime Transferable Limited Product Warranty. Whereas most roofing industry warranties are non-transferrable and eventually expire, our Lifetime Limited Product Warranty extends for the life of the structure and is transferrable between structure owners one time.*

*Does not apply to HOA warranties.

Typically, clay tile warranties last anywhere from 50 years to Lifetime and vary based on the manufacturer.

Eagle concrete tile roofs are available in a multitude of profiles, colors and textures to complement any architectural style or design concept. Some profiles even emulate traditional roofing materials, such as our Boosted Capistrano which gives you the genuine look of old Spanish tile without the premium cost of clay.

Our Tapered and Textured Slate lines specifically resemble the gorgeous look of slate.

In addition to unsurpassed curb appeal, more credits are given on appraisal, houses sell better and faster in direct comparison to other materials.

Natural clay tile comes in many shapes, sizes and colors; however, they sometimes lack the array of textures and movement available with concrete tiles. Resale value of homes is generally increased by clay tiles.

Eagle offers a Ventilated Roof System, which is an installation method that uses our concrete tiles, in conjunction with our Arched battens, to lift the tiles off the roof deck creating air space. The result is less heat transfer into the attic and therefore into the home, using less energy to cool your home.

While clay tiles are more energy efficient than its asphalt and other counterpart, they also mature to a darker, richer shade over time which may decrease energy efficiency.

Concrete is a much easier material to procure than clay, which makes ordering your roof much less of a hassle. This allows for a much larger ship-to area for Eagle Roofing Products and our partners.

Clay tile materials are generally not as readily available as concrete. This may contribute to longer lead times and pricing upwards of twice the market value of concrete.

While clay tiles may be more commonly thought of when creating a long-lasting, beautiful roof, a concrete tile roof is proven to be just as aesthetically stunning and can be a more cost-effective alternative.

When choosing a concrete roof tile manufacturer, there are also many choices and we want yours to be Eagle. Eagle Roofing Products’ commitment to excellence and beauty in our products is second to none. The next time you have a big roofing project, consider the benefits that a concrete tile roof can provide. To learn more about Eagle Roofing Products’ concrete roof tile, contact your local Account Representative.