Tile Roofs Or Asphalt Shingles? Which Is Best.

May 12, 2021

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When it comes to roof replacement, there are endless possibilities with respect to the roofing material you choose and how long roof shingles last. If you’re uncertain about whether to choose tile or asphalt shingles for your new roof or roof replacement, then you’re not alone. Many people are unaware of the differences between these two roofing materials, as well as how each reacts in different environments and weather conditions, including extreme weather like hail and windstorms. Doing your research beforehand can help you select the roofing material that meets your needs for the lifespan, budget, and aesthetic of your roof replacement or a new roof.

Roof Worx’s team of professionals has all of the information you need to make an informed decision as to whether to go with a tile roof or an asphalt shingle roof so you can get started with your roofing project. We do roof replacements if you need a new one as well as new roof construction for home builds.

Tile Roofs for Roof Replacement

Close-up of a tile roof

Versatile, classic, and popular around the world, tile roofs have been used to accent and protect modern homes for over 150 years and are a good option for roof replacement. This style of roof is reminiscent of Spanish and Italian architecture and pairs beautifully with homes that feature classical Spanish-style design elements. Homes located in the American Southwest, as well as coastal regions, are likely to sport the tile look flawlessly. Tiles are available in a variety of coordinating colors, and many homeowners enjoy the autonomy of selecting a mixture of tones that accents their homes’ exteriors. Today, tiles also come in different shapes.

Your New Roof Will Last

Aside from their pleasing aesthetics, tile roofs are notoriously sturdy and resistant to the typical wear and tear brought on by climate fluctuations and severe weather. A well-maintained tile roof can have a life expectancy of 50 years! The tiles, which are often composed of concrete or terracotta, are horizontally interwoven to lock out external moisture and protect the integrity of the supporting structures beneath them. Additionally, due to their robust composition, tile roofs are able to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations without warping or cracking. This roofing material requires little maintenance due to its durability.

Image of a home in Denver with a tile roof

An Eco-Friendly, Environmentally Friendly Roof

Roofing made of tiles can save you money. Because of the gap under the tiles, they can help block the sun’s heat from transferring into the attic, reducing your reliance on air conditioning and significantly lowering your cooling costs. They are environmentally friendly as clay tiles or concrete tiles are both derived from earth materials. They come from a sustainable resource and once they are removed, they can be crushed and recycled – typically making a base for roads.

In addition, tile roofs are resistant to insect damage, which is another benefit that allows your roof to last. If you need a new roof, tiles may be the route for you.

Asphalt Shingles to Replace Your Roof

Zoomed in image of black asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingle roofing is a common choice for most North American homes. It’s a lower-cost alternative to tile roofing and other types of roofing such as metal roofing, stone-coated steel, clay tiles, etc. The simple design of an asphalt roof, with shingles placed in an interlocking and flattened pattern, helps make it affordable. Asphalt shingles are attractive and come in a rainbow of colors to match the style and look of your home. You can get asphalt roof replacement that looks like slate, cedar, or sequoia wood along with other options of architectural shingles.

In addition, you can get a unique look that goes beyond color with an asphalt roof. You can opt for a neat, flat, uniform look (done with long, rectangular, asphalt shingles in a flat, edge-to-edge configuration) for your asphalt roof. Typically, you’ll see overlapping asphalt shingles that are relatively uniform in shape and color, but they appear in different shades because of the 3D overlapped effect. You can also choose natural-looking, rough-edged asphalt shingles as an option. With an asphalt roof, you have a lot of choices.

An Asphalt Roof Has A 20-50 Year Life Expectancy

An asphalt roof is reasonably resilient, with shingles lasting between 20-50 years before significant wear and tear accumulate. Areas with colder climates and less severe weather conditions are likely to favor asphalt shingles and to have a roof last.

Another advantage is that some asphalt shingles reflect light and heat in the warmer months. This property can help families save on energy costs used for heating or cooling. However, asphalt shingles don’t hold up well to large amounts of accumulated debris or moisture on the roof’s surface. Regular maintenance can prevent asphalt shingle damage and having to replace shingles.

Image of a home in Denver with a brown asphalt shingle roof

Installation Is Straightforward with Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles offer a straightforward installation process and are adaptable to fit steep or angled roofs. Plus, repairs are fairly simple with an asphalt roof.

An asphalt roof is also sustainable with shingles that are recyclable. For example, asphalt shingles can be used later in paving.

Asphalt Shingles: Get Sound Protection

Asphalt shingles can insulate sound. The overall roofing system created using asphalt shingles can inhibit any sound inside – whether it’s external noise or rain pouring down on the roof.

Tile or Asphalt Roof Replacement or New Roof

Ultimately, the decision between tile roofing and asphalt shingles depends on the budget and style preferences of the homeowner when deciding to replace a roof. Consider climate and weather conditions, as well as the effort you’re willing to expend on routine maintenance to have the roof last 20 years, 30 years, or more. You should also weigh other factors when making a decision on these two very popular types of roofing materials including how long the shingles can last and the sustainability of the roof replacement.

The roofing pros at Roof Worx have been servicing and installing different types of roofs for years, and are always there to answer questions that can lead you to the perfect roof for your home. We are happy to discuss the various roofing material available, the services we provide to have roofs last, the options you have when the roof is at the end of its life, and much more. Contact us see what we offer, or check out our frequently updated blog!

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