Roof tiles come in a wide variety of materials, for example on one house, we could be building a roof with Welsh slate, and at the same time we could be building a new roof on a house, using clay tiles. There are quite simply a huge amount of different roof tile options to pick from. Each with its unique characteristics and benefits. This comprehensive guide will walk you through seven popular types of roof tiles, their features, and the pros and cons of each option.

With this knowledge, you’ll be better equipped to make informed decisions when choosing the perfect roofing material for your house.


10 Key Points to Remember:


    Roof tile materials include Spanish slate, natural slate, man-made slate tiles, concrete, and clay tiles. We can build a roof anywhere within Cardiff, and we can offer all of these different roof tile options.

    Spanish slate, it’s not the cheapest option we offer, but it is known for its high quality, it’s durability, and also aesthetic appeal.

    Natural slate, that is Welsh slate, is known for being very long-lasting, eco-friendly, and fire-resistant roofing material.

    Man-made slate tiles, this is the cheapest option we offer, yet picking manmade slate offers many benefits. For example, you can have a roof built more cheaply, and we use quality man-made tiles.

    Concrete roof tiles are versatile, durable, and affordable.

    Clay tiles are an energy-efficient and environmentally friendly choice, with a long history of use. Clay tiles are more expensive than say man-made tiles, but they look brilliant on any roof, we can purchase high-quality, long-lasting Rosemary roof tiles, which are very high quality.

    Each roofing material has its unique advantages and disadvantages.


Roof Tile Types


 Spanish Slate


Spanish slate is a premium roofing material, we also offer Welsh slate, both types of slate are known for its superior quality and distinctive appearance.

Spanish slate is quarried in the north western region of Spain and is famous for its beautiful blue-black color, fine-grained texture, and durability.

We can also offer Welsh slate, which is very high quality, very durable and very long-lasting.


Why choose  Natural Slate rather than man-made tiles?


Natural slate is an eco-friendly and long-lasting roofing material. Natural slate, such as Welsh slate is very long-lasting .


According to a study by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), natural slate is among the top three most durable roofing materials, alongside clay and concrete tiles. However, natural slate can be more expensive and heavier than other options, requiring additional structural support.


Man-made slate tiles


Man-made slate tiles offer a cost-effective alternative to natural slate, man-made tiles are therefore cheaper than Welsh slate, and they are often a lot cheaper. These tiles are made from synthetic materials such as rubber, plastic, or fibre cement, which mimic the look and feel of natural slate.


Man-made slate tiles are lightweight, making them easier to install and less demanding on the roof structure. They also offer resistance to weather, fire, and pests. However, their lifespan is typically shorter than natural slate.


Concrete Roof Tiles


Concrete roof tiles are another great option, concrete roof tiles are, durable, and also an affordable option for homeowners. They are made from a mixture of cement, sand, and water, which is moulded into various shapes and sizes. Concrete tiles come in a range of different colours.



Clay Tiles


Clay tiles have been used as a roofing material for thousands of years, with a history that dates back to ancient civilizations. They are made from natural clay, which is shaped and fired at high temperatures to create a durable and energy-efficient material.

Clay tiles are known for their excellent thermal properties, helping to keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. They are also environmentally friendly and can last a long period of time if properly maintained.




Choosing the right roof tile material is essential for the longevity and appearance of your home. From Spanish and natural slate to man-made slate tiles, concrete, and clay tiles, each material offers unique benefits and drawbacks. Consider factors such as cost, durability, , and aesthetics when making your decision. By understanding the characteristics of each material, you can confidently select the best option for your project.