Metal Roofing Vs Concrete Clay

Trying to decide between metal roofing vs concrete tile? Both have many desirable design options for your home or business. They’re not created equal when it comes to durability, however. Concrete clay tiles are unable to withstand direct impact and are costly to maintain or replace. Metal roofs, on the other hand, are built to withstand the elements.

When comparing metal vs concrete roofing you must know the pros and cons to make the best choice. Our metal roofing vs clay tile comparison chart can help.

Feature EDCO Metal Roofing Concrete Clay Tiles
  • Does not absorb moisture
  • Without a special sealant, concrete will absorb water quickly because of its porous composition.
  • Roof algae can hold onto moisture and accelerate the aging of tiles.
  • Weathered shake or slate look
  • Variation in appearance common and has a tendency to fade over time especially in harsh weather conditions.
  • Lifetime non-prorated limited warranty that is transferable
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Varies by manufacturer but many are only 50-years
Fire Resistance
  • Class A fire rating can be achieved when installed with a fire rated underlayment
  • Non-combustible Class A fire rated material
  • Easy to install
  • Lightweight
  • Interlocking panels for maximum wind resistance
  • Can walk on the metal shingles without damaging the panels
  • Difficult to install if not trained and experienced installing tile materials.
  • Not suitable for all roof slopes, especially those with a pitch less than 4:12.
  • Usually requires additional framing to support the weight which adds expensive labor and material to the project.
  • Manufactured with at least 25% recycled steel
  • 100% recyclable
  • Can be recycled when removed
  • Approx. 45 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Approx. 900 lbs per 100 sq. feet
  • Easily acclimates to any weather condition and will not chip, crack or peel
  • UL Class 4 Impact Rating, the highest impact rating available
  • Resistant to mold and mildew growth
  • Can help prevent snow and ice from accumulating which means Ice dams are unable to form
  • Clay tiles, slate and concrete tiles are brittle and can be broken if they suffer heavy impact resulting in expensive repairs
Wind Resistance
  • Withstands wind speeds up to 160 mph
  • Can withstand wind speeds up to 150 mph
Hail and Fade Protection
  • 30 to 40-year fade warranty (depending on the roofing product)
  • Lifetime hail protection
  • Varies by manufacturer