Roof tiles are designed mainly to keep out the elements, and are traditionally made from locally materials such as terracotta, slate or concrete. Modern materials such as concrete are also used. There are two basic types of roofing tile; clay and concrete. Concrete tile is typically a third of the price of clay tile.
Clay Roofing Tiles
In terms of quality, there is no comparison: clay tile is the best. Clay tile is more sturdy, moisture resistant, weather resilient, lighter, comes in more styles and colors, holds color longer and in general looks much better than concrete tile.
Concrete Roofing Tiles
Concrete Roofing Tile is a little more economical and may suit your needs depending on the life cycle of the project.
Both types of tile will last for decades when installed and maintained properly, but it is only ceramic clay tile that can boast life spans of over 300 years.
Even if you do not plan to live in your home for generations to come, a tile roof will significantly raise the value of your home.