7 Essential Features: Shingle Roof vs. Tile Roof

A cozy home with a shingle roof

Is a shingle roof or a tile roof better for your home?

When you’re replacing your roof or building a home, you need to determine which type of roof material you want to use.  There are many different roof material types. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on budget, climate, type of home, etc.  Two common roof types are shingle roofs and tile roofs.

As you read through this post, keep these seven factors in mind: Beauty, Durability, Color, Weight, Sun, Fire and Cost.

Take a moment to consider your tastes, your needs, your safety – and your budget. Because you’ll live with your roof decisions for years to come…

What Are Your Options?

Between the two options, shingle roofs are the less expensive option.  If budget is one of the major factors in your decision and you simply do not have any wiggle room on the budget, the budget may determine that you will be using shingle roofing. That is not to say that shingle roofing is the less desirable option but simply that it is usually the less expensive option.  But, if there is budgetary flexibility and ultimate ROI on your investment is an important factor, you may lean towards tile roofing.  While tile roofing is more expensive up front, it will last much longer and thus may save you money in the long run.

One of the other most important factors in your roofing material decision will be the climate in which you live.  If you live in a climate that does not experience major weather swings, strong storms, snow, etc., a shingle roof will work perfectly well.  However, if durability in extreme weather is a concern, tile roofing is more durable and can better withstand harsher weather conditions.  But, modern shingles have come a long way and are still very durable.

Roofing Tile

Often, a homeowner will debate whether or not they want a shingle roof or tile roof and need to weigh the two options’ pros and cons when making a decision for their home.  Roofing tile is typically either made of clay or concrete and roofing shingles are usually made of asphalt. Experts sometimes refer to them as composition shingles.

Fireproof metal, concrete, clay and tile roofs can provide beauty and peace of mind. Yes, tile roofs often weigh more than asphalt shingle roofs. So, you may want to consider metal, which offers the benefits of tile roofing – without all the weight.

Types of Asphalt Shingle Roofs

According to Owens Corning (and the Home Innovation Research Labs), builders use asphalt roofing shingles on 70% of new residential roofs. You can choose:

  • 3-Tab Shingles — An affordable asphalt shingle option with a “slotted” look.
  • Architectural Shingles — A pleasing mix of aesthetic sizes and shapes.
  • Impact-Resistant Shingles — Industry-tested and rated polymer (rubberized) and fabric-reinforced
  • COOL Shingles — Include reflective particles that reflect sunlight
  • Specialty Tones — Terra cotta and slate shingles without the added weight, as well as easy-to-care-for wood colors

How to Choose Shingle Colors

If color is a concern with your roofing material, you are more limited in color choices with roof tiles than with roof shingles.  Roof tiles are typically earth tones or lighter in color while roof shingles are available in a variety of styles and colors.  One final consideration when choosing between shingle roofing and tile roofing is weight.  It is important to consult an experienced roofer who can evaluate your home’s roof and ensure that it can withstand the weight of roof tile.  Roof tile is significantly more heavy than roof shingles so if weight is a concern, roof shingles may be the ideal choice.

If You Want to Install a New Roof On Your Home, Hahn Roofing Can Help.

Take a minute and contact Hahn Roofing today. We’ll evaluate your roof and help you determine whether shingle roofing or tile roofing is best for you. Our experienced contractors specialize in residential roof installation and repair.

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