St. Petersburg Roofing Options: A Comparison Between Asphalt and Clay

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When selecting roofing materials for your home in St. Petersburg, you can choose from an array of options. Two of the most popular ones that you can look into are clay tiles and asphalt shingles.

Online resource Do It Yourself describes each type of roofing:

Clay is a good roofing material regardless of where it is located, and is resistant to insects, mold and decay, won’t burn, and will often outlast the decking it is built upon. You will see this roof on homes with a southwestern, Italian, or Spanish Mission design.

If you can’t afford the high cost of clay tile or slate roofs, the most popular and least expensive is the asphalt roofing shingle. These are the most popular roofing material. They come in two types – organic, and non-organic, which is fiberglass.

Here is a more detailed comparison between the two roofing types based on costs, material, and longevity. It can help you decide which option to discuss with your St. Petersburg roofing contractor.


As mentioned, asphalt shingles are less expensive than clay tiles. Generally, you can buy shingles from $1.15 to $1.75 per square foot, and clay tiles from $5.00 to $6.50 per square foot. Costs, of course, vary depending on your area.


Whether asphalt shingles are organic- or fiberglass-based, they are easy to install and durable against fire and wind. Meanwhile, clay tiles consist of baked and molded clay, and actually handle hail and wind damage better than asphalt.


Clay tiles last longer than asphalt shingles, even if the latter are consistently maintained. Arry’s Roofing, a reliable Saint Petersburg roofing and commercial exteriors specialist, can install well-constructed clay tile roofs that last 50 years or more and asphalt shingles that last for at least 20 years. (Article Information and Image from Types Of Roofing Materials, Do It Yourself)