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Barrel tile offers a timeless natural earth tone look of old world Spanish or Italian tile.  Fired clay is the original material for this type of style and has been used in roofing for centuries.  This specialized look can also be obtained through a variety of modern materials including concrete and stone coated steel.  Thus, most "clay" roofs in the US are actually manufactured out of concrete.  The following is a brief comparison of different materials available in this style.  Our trained staff would be happy to discuss options with you.  Roofing Force installs US Tile by Boral.

Clay/Terracotta Barrel Tile

Clay, sometimes called terracotta, roofs are on some of the most beautiful buildings in the world.  Clay has an excellent 50+ year lifespan, and is highly frost and fire-resistant. However, clay is generally regarded as being brittle and foot traffic should be held to a minimum, if at all. Clay can also be problematic in areas where large hailstones are common. Clay is also one of the heaviest and most expensive products on the market and may require reinforced framing.

Concrete Barrel Tile

Concrete is the most popular and commonly used barrel tile roofing product used by those wanting the old world look of clay tile. Concrete has a great 50+ lifespan, is very energy efficient and has excellent fire and freeze resistance. While generally stronger than clay, it can also be subject to breakage in large hailstone areas and great caution should be used if walked upon.  Concrete can also be heavy and may require reinforced framing, but it is lighter and less expensive than clay.  Roofing Force installs Boral Roofing concrete roof tiles.

Stone Coated Metal Barrel Tile

Stone coated steel barrel tiles are less known in the market but offer some terrific cost/benefit advantages.  This metal core product has the look other benefits of clay and concrete, but without the added weight.  This product has an excellent 50+ year lifespan, and delivers outstanding energy efficiency.  It is very fire, wind, and ice dam resistant. Unlike clay and concrete, stone coated steel offers excellent hail resistance and it actually provides added shear strength in an earthquake.  Parts of stone coated steel roofs can be walked on with care.  This product is also less expensive than clay.  Roofing Force installs Boral Steel stone coated steel tiles.