Discover How These Industry-Leading Roofing Materials Compare
Deciding whether you want clay or concrete commercial roof tiles can be a challenge. Learn the primary differences between the two and make an educated final decision with confidence.
If you’re unsure which roofing material you need for your building, ROOFCORP can help.
Every structure is different, so you should choose the most suitable roofing materials for your building and your budget. Here are some main factors to consider when choosing between clay and concrete roof tiles:
- Water Retention: Concrete tiles absorb more water than clay tiles. If you choose concrete tiles, it’s best to prioritize mold and mildew prevention since the water absorption makes them more prone to fungal growth.
- Weight: If you’re looking for a lightweight option, clay tiles are your best choice. Concrete tiles are 40% heavier than clay, so be mindful of your home’s maximum weight limit when making your decision. For homes that can sustain an additional 820 to 1,100 pounds per square foot, concrete tiles are a sturdier option that are less prone to cracks and shatters.
- Maintenance: Since concrete tiles are heavier and can have issues with water retention, they’re more difficult to maintain. On the other hand, clay tiles are lightweight, so there’s not much concern with maintenance and repairs.
- Cost: Clay tiles are more expensive than concrete tiles. Installed concrete tile costs range from $400 to $900 per square foot for low-end tiles. Conversely, clay tiles start at $700 per square foot of installation. For high-end clay tiles, prepare to spend about $3,000 per square foot installed.
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