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Do Clay Roofs Last a Long Time in Phoenix?

Clay roof tiles Clay has been used in building roofs for thousands of years. They are one of the oldest roofing materials used by roofing companies in Phoenix. Providing a beautiful, rustic appearance and reliable protection against several of Arizona’s environmental elements, clay tiles are a great option when installing a new roof. The only question is: Do clay roofs last a long time in Phoenix? Let’s explore clay tiles to find out.

Benefits of Clay Tiles

Many homeowners and roofers choose to use clay tiles as they offer several great benefits. Some of the  advantages of choosing a clay roof include:

  • Longevity
  • Appearance
  • Weigh less than concrete tiles


Clay tiles can last up to 100 years under normal conditions and have the longest life of all roofing materials. They are also the most expensive. Investing in clay tiles will provide you with peace of mind for long as you live in your home.

Clay is also resistant to other outside factors like fire and rot, so as long as your tiles are in tact, your roof will be protected from heavy rains, insects, errant fireworks and more.


Clay tiles are an appealing choice to add character to your home. With an earthy color and a pleasant pattern, clay tiles certainly stand out compared to other roofing materials.

When deciding on new clay tiles, you also have the option to choose from several designs and colors. Some of the most popular styles include flat tiles, S-shaped tiles and more. Few other roofing materials provide multiple style choices.

In addition, clay tiles can be glazed so they are fade-resistant (compared to concrete tile). This means if any of your clay tiles need tile roof repair, they will be consistent in color to the existing tiles. Mismatched tile colors due to fading is a common issue with concrete tiles.


When choosing a the best roofing material for your home, it’s important to know if you have the structural framing to support it. Clay tiles weigh less than concrete tiles and could be the best option if your home is restricted by structural support.

Durability of Clay Tile Roofs

It’s worth mentioning that clay tiles are less durable than concrete tiles and are prone to breaking when walked on, or if maintenance is needed such as replacing the underlayment of your roof.

It’s essential that you have a trained professional perform any repairs or services on your clay tile roof. Even with the cons outlined above, clay tiles are still an excellent investment when searching for an option that can withstand the Arizona’s weather.

How Are Clay Tiles Made?

Clay tiles are generally made from a strategic combination of natural clays. Clays are chosen for various desirable qualities to maximize the strength and integrity of the tiles. The clay blend is mixed with water, cut into different tile shapes, and then fired in a high-temperature kiln, hardening them, and making them resistant to heat and wear.

Because clay tiles are made from natural, earthy materials, they are eco-friendly and not harmful to the environment. Even when they have reached the end of their life, clay tiles can be recycled into new tiles, minimizing waste.


Clay tiles are a great option for roofing your home as long as you’re ok with knowing you may need to replace tiles if they become damaged from maintenance or breakage.

If you plan to install new roof tiles or replace your existing tile, contact JBS Roofing today. We are happy to answer any questions you may have about your roof and the materials you should use for it. We have been providing roofing services to customers in Phoenix for over 40 years, and we are ready to help you with your roofing project. Scroll down to enter your zip code and get started to schedule your free estimate today!

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