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Although I go through a lot of squares of wood and comp shingles in my roofing business, concrete tile is the material I like the best when it comes to longterm value. (In fact, it's what I've got on my own house.) About 25% of the roofs I do each year are concrete tile, and that number is rising. Some of the reasons for its popularity in my area are its wide range of colors and profiles, and its fire resistance—it carries a Class A rating. But more than that, it's a roof that should last 40 to 50 years without much maintenance. If it's laid with care, that is. In a lot of areas