Is clay or concrete tile roofing less expensive?

Concrete tile roofing is less expensive than clay tile roofing, often saving home owners an average of 25 percent on roofing material costs. Tiles made from natural clay go through a more complex firing process that requires more specialized knowledge of kiln operation, so manufacturers usually raise clay tile prices to offset the initial labor costs. Installation of natural clay tiles can increase property values at a somewhat higher rate than concrete tiles, so some homeowners feel this option is worth the more expensive investment. Both types of roofing tile are very durable, though concrete tiles often need to be replaced sooner than clay tiles.