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Clay Roofing Tiles

The Pros and Cons of Clay Roofing Tiles

For centuries, clay tiles have been a popular choice for the roofs of homes and structures, and they have both benefits and drawbacks.

Clay roofing tiles are beautiful and durable but are also heavy and expensive. The Oregon Roof Guys are here to enlighten you on the pros and cons of clay roofing tiles to see if they are the right fit for you and your home.



If you have clay tiles installed, you will most likely never have to worry about having a roof replacement again in your lifetime. Tile roof shingles can last over 100 years and are extremely durable.

They are known to withstand extreme weather including high winds over 150 mph and hailstones as large as two inches. Because they withstand weathering so well over time, clay roof tiles add significantly to a home’s resale value.

Environmentally Friendly and Energy Efficient

Clay tiles are a fantastic green roofing option because they are made from earth minerals, not chemicals, and can be easily recycled once removed.  

Clay roofing tiles are also energy efficient with characteristics including thermal mass, airflow, solar reflectance, and thermal emittance working together to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

The curved shape of clay tiles allows for ventilation. Hot air isn’t trapped by clay tiles during hot temperatures, and their heavy thermal mass helps insulate your home during colder temperatures.

Curb Appeal and Variety of Styles

The wide variation of styles and colors available for clay tiles allows a variety of roofing solutions to both residential and commercial owners looking for a new roof.

Clay tiles are beautiful and will boost the curb appeal of your home or commercial structure. The extensive options allow clay tiles to be used on a number of different building types.

Low Maintenance

Roof maintenance is almost non-existent with clay tile roofs. If an instance does occur where tiles are broken, they can be easily fixed as they are individually installed.



A beautiful clay tile roof comes at a cost. Clay tiles can cost as much as two to three times the price of asphalt shingles.


Your roof must be able to withstand the heavy weight of a clay tile roof which can weigh as much as 850 pounds per square foot. You may need additional structural reinforcement before your home can handle the weight of a clay tile roof.

Difficult to Install

Clay tiles need to be measured precisely, laid properly in a specific pattern, and double checked that no moisture is able to get in. This is why you will definitely need to hire a professional roofing contractor if you choose clay tiles for your roof to make sure the job is done correctly.


Although clay tiles are very durable even in extreme weather, they can still break from heavy impacts such as a fallen tree limb or even the pressure of walking on them.

For more information about roof repair, maintenance, and roof replacement in Eugene, contact the Oregon Roof Guys for a quote.