Both tile- clay and concrete are considered durable roofing materials. Mission and Spanish-style round-topped tiles are commonly used in desert areas. Flat styles are also available to create French and English looks. Tile comes in a variety of colors and finishes and, when compared to other roofing materials, tile is quite heavy. If you are replacing another type of roof system with tile, you will need to verify that the structure can support the load.
A tile roof is one of the most sound investments you can make when purchasing a home or re-roofing your current residence. Tile roofing is growing in popularity due to its many architectural and color choices available, its energy efficiency, durability in hot and high wind climates, and its limited maintenance needs.
The initial cost of having a tile roof installed is more expensive than shake or asphalt shingles. However, over the life-span of a tile roof, wood shakes and asphalt shingles would have to be replaced 2-3 times.