Tile Roof Features and Benefits Chart


Wide variety of colors Concrete and clay tiles are manufactured in a wide array of colors, from light shades to dark or multi-colored, making it easy to coordinate your roof with exterior colors.
Full range of profiles and styles Roof tiles can match any architectural style required for the building structure. They are designed to emulate traditional barrel style or other roofing materials such as wood and slate.
Increased value More credits given on appraisal, and houses sell better and faster in direct comparisons to other materials such as asphalt shingle.


Long term durability Tile roofs have the lowest life cycle cost of any other roofing material. Centuries old tile roofs are still enduring today.
Fire resistance Class A fire resistant as a product and a system.
Built to withstand high winds Tiles are designed and tested to meet Florida’s 150 MPH wind speeds.
Hail resistance Tile roofs have an added layer of protection built in: the tile itself provides a tough, watershedding outer shell with the underlayment working as an extra shield. Tiles have been tested according to FM4473 for hail resistance ratings. Concrete and clay tiles can resist damage from hailstones as large as 2″ – which is larger than a golf ball.
Seismic resistance tested Research performed at USC shows that tile roofs exceed current seismic load requirements for building materials when installed to the current fastening requirements.

Green Building

Sustainability Tile roofs have the lowest life cycle costs based upon the life of the roofing material and required maintenance which fills LEED and Energy Star requirements.
Environmentally friendly Materials do not deplete limited natural resources and have no chemical preservatives used in the production; all waste can be recycled and does not go into land fills; tile roofs’ long life reduces the need for reroofing that clogs landfills unnecessarily.
Reflectivity Independent testing performed at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated that tiles have the ability to cut the transfer of heat compared to other roofing materials such as asphalt shingles by up to 70%.
Natural air flow Natural air ventilation under the tile creates a heat transfer barrier that can provide the benefit of a cooler house in the summer and a warmer house in the winter.
Energy Cost Savings Natural air flow described above keeps heating costs low in the winter and cooling costs low in the summer.


Ease of installation Tile roofs are one of the simplest systems to install when using trained professionals. Installation and maintenance costs in the long run are much lower than other roofing materials.
Easy to maintain and repair Less maintenance involved – tiles are easiest to repair because they are individually installed.
Independent industry testing TRI sponsors and supports independent studies performed on seismic, wind, hail, fire and cold weather elements.
Installer Certification Contractors go through a rigorous 1 day training program and are then tested on the proper, code approved methods of tile roof installation. Homeowners and builders can search the TRI web site for certified installers in their area to obtain knowledgeable roofers for reroofing and new construction.