Clay and concrete tiles are available in many colors, shapes, profiles and sizes to suit any architectural style, from colonial to contemporary. Roof tiles can be flat or round, simulate wood shakes, or replicate centuries-old roofing materials.
Colors in tile come from natural sources such as the color and mixture of the clay used in clay tiles or from iron oxide pigments in concrete tiles, both of which are extremely durable. Tiles may experience varying degrees of color softening after extended exposure to the elements. However, this occurs to a lesser degree with roof tile than with most other roofing materials. Some clay roof tile manufacturers guarantee their tiles against fading for 50 years.