There isn't an asphalt shingle on the market that can match the aesthetics of clay and concrete roof tile. With numerous styles, hundreds of colors, and a wide variety of finishes available, you can create a roof to suit virtually any architectural style.
Clay roof tile has been used for centuries worldwide. Both clay roof tile and its modern partner, concrete, are not only beautiful but also extremely durable. With proper building design and installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years or more. They do not rot in wet climates, are not susceptible to destruction by pests, can be used in any climate or region and can withstand the severest weather conditions, including fire, wind, and snow.
Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from naturally occurring materials. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives, and old tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Moreover, roof tiles are energy efficient: because of the superior thermal capacity of roof tiles and the ventilated air space that their placement on the roof surface creates, a tile roof can lower air conditioning costs in hotter climates and produce more constant temperatures in colder regions, which reduces potential ice accumulation.