Why Clay

Spanish S Red TSNT

SANTAFÉ CLAY

vs

concrete*

Colors DON’T FADE over time, nor even after pressure washing the tiles.

color

Colors FADE over time and with each pressure washing.

2-8%

Santafé’s Products.

absorption

13%

Concrete tiles (standard).

Santafe’s clay tiles need little to no maintenance (especially with ceramic and glazed finishes).

maintenance

Concrete roof tiles may need pressure washes every 2 years or sooner.

662 lbs per square

(Spanish S).

weight

840-940 lbs per square

*(Vanguard Roll or Double Roll).

high transverse strength

Contrary to popular belief, clay roof tiles are very strong. Santafé tiles have shown higher transverse strength than concrete tiles. And yes, you can even walk on the roof tiles!*

strength

slow transverse strength

Concrete roof tiles’ tests show a lower transverse strength, making them weaker than some clay roof tiles.

*Walking on roof tiles should be done by a professional installer or roofing contractor. Do not attempt to walk on the roof.

Know the Difference

Are you looking for roofing tiles and aren’t sure what the differences are between clay tiles and concrete tiles? Here’s another quick comparison:

clay

before & after

Top picture taken after installation in 1999, bottom picture taken in 2011

maintenance free

Low water absorption means Santafé regular clay tiles, ceramic or glazed finishes need little to no maintenance.

concrete*

black stains & efflorescence

Low water absorption means Santafé regular clay tiles, ceramic or glazed finishes need little to no maintenance.

high maintenance

Pressure cleaning needs to be done every 2 years, causing concrete to lose it’s color and become more porous. This can also lead to breakage and leaks.