Beautiful and Enduring

Distinctive, beautiful, sustainable tile is the roofing material of choice for quality and longevity. Its natural aesthetics have been highly valued for thousands of years, and are so today, with the addition of a multitude of shapes, profiles and colors for endless decorative possibilities. And unlike wood shakes or asphalt shingles, tile reliably holds its color and maintains its beauty over a very long lifespan.


Tile has much more to offer than good looks. Tile roofs are exceptionally resistant to water, frost, fire, wind and insect damage, lasting for centuries rather than decades.* When a building owner invests in a properly installed tile roof, it’s the last roof they’ll ever need to buy – a huge plus when it comes to resale value.

* See specific manufacturers warranties


There’s no roofing material more versatile than tile. Clay and concrete can be molded to resemble wood shakes, chipped stone and shingle-style slate, along with more traditional barrel and s-shaped profiles. There’s a perfect match for every architectural style.

Energy Efficient

In virtually every climate and geographic area, tile roofs provide exceptional thermal properties, reducing heat loss or gain. Natural air ventilation under the tiles creates a heat transfer barrier that can help cool a house in summer and warm it in winter, lowering energy costs by as much as 20%.


Tile is made from raw materials that don’t deplete limited natural resources, unlike petroleum-based roofing such as asphalt shingles. Tile roofing contains no preservatives, and waste from production can be immediately recycled back into the manufacturing process instead of landfilled.

Solid Investment

Tile roofs offer unparalleled value when cost per year of use is factored in. While upfront costs are higher, customers who choose a clay or concrete tile roof will enjoy the aesthetics, quality, energy efficiency and sustainability for a lifetime.

The Tile Roofing Market Looking Ahead

In 2017, the North American roofing industry was valued at $12.8 billion and is projected to grow to about $14.4 billion by 2023. Demand for market-leading asphalt shingles is projected to decline due to environmental concerns surrounding the product, while demand for natural, eco-friendly roof materials, such as clay and cement tile, is expected to increase.

Other market drivers contributing to the demand for tile roofing include increased remodeling and renovation, increased awareness of green roofing technologies and more frequent severe weather events, including wind-driven wildfires and hurricanes.

Features and Benefits of Tile Roofing


Color Variety
Concrete and clay tiles come in a wide array of colors, from light shades to dark or multi-colored, making it easy to coordinate your roof with exterior colors.
Profiles and Styles
Roof tiles can match any architectural style, from colonial to contemporary. Tiles can be flat or round, simulate wood shakes or replicate centuries-old roofing materials.
Increased Value
Houses sell better and faster, with more appraisal credits.


Tile roofs have the lowest life-cycle cost of any other roofing material. Centuries-old tile roofs still endure today.
Fire Resistance
Tiles are Class A fire resistant as a product and a system.
High Wind Resistance
Clay and concrete tile roofing has been tested to withstand wind speeds up to 150 miles per hour.
Hail Resistance
Concrete and clay tiles can resist damage from hailstones that are larger than a golf ball and are tested according to FM4473 for hail resistance.
Seismic Tested
Tile roofs exceed current seismic load requirements for building materials when installed to the current fastening requirements.

Sustainable Building

Tile roofs, whether clay or concrete, are highly efficient roofing products that may qualify for LEED certification – the most widely used green building rating system in the world.
Environmentally Responsible
Materials do not deplete limited natural resources and use no chemical preservatives in production. All waste can be recycled and tile’s long life cycle reduces the need for reroofing and landfilling of waste.
Tile roofs come in a large assortment of colors, some of which are Cool Roof rated and/or meet ENERGY STAR requirements, reflecting more sunlight and absorbing less heat than a standard roof.

Additional Benefits

Easy to Install
Tile roofs are one of the simplest systems to install when done by trained professionals.
Fewer Installation and Maintenance Costs
Installation and maintenance costs are much lower than other roofing materials.
Easy to Repair
Tiles are easiest to repair because a damaged tile can be individually replaced.
Easy to Maintain
Tile roofs are practically maintenance free.
Independent Industry Testing
TRI Alliance sponsors and supports independent studies on seismic load and wind, hail, fire and cold-weather resistance.
Installer Certification
Contractors go through a rigorous one-day training program and testing on code-approved methods of tile roof installation. Homeowners and builders can search TRI Alliance’s Find a Contractor for certified installers in their area.
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