Where and why should you use a tile roof? In this video, Matt Risinger, master builder, discusses why a clay tile roof can be used for any climate zone in the U.S. There are roofs in Europe several hundred years old that have their original clay tiles. They are UV, hail and fire resistant. There are two types, clay tile and concrete tile and there are big differences between them. It's the clay tile that has been around for centuries. Super durable, it's completely UV resistant. In an area with a freeze-thaw cycle, clay is the best choice.Concrete tile is a newer material that provides a real good value in a tile roof. It weighs approximately 20% less but saves half of the cost of the total install. It has at least a 50-year life or more if you pay attention to such details as copper flashing or stainless-steel flashings, high-quality underlayment. One of the great things about a tile roof is that it is vented. Roofs will leak and there will be water that will get past this tile. That roof is the UV protector for the underlayment which does the heavy lifting when it comes to waterproofing. It's critical to choose best practices across the board when it comes to installing that tile roof, including underlayment based on climate. The roofs are beautiful," long lasting and an important investment. They deserve the attention to detail.