How do Asphalt Shingles compare to Concrete Roof Tile?

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Concrete roof tiles are beautiful, durable, and have a proven long-term performance rate, especially when compared to alternative roofing materials used in the market today. Asphalt shingles are known as the common go-to roofing material, but did you know that with time, they’ll begin to lose their adhesive and just fall off? Let’s talk about asphalt shingles and see how they really stack up against its biggest competition, concrete roof tiles.

Asphalt shingle homes are covering over 80% of the residential roofing market today, but what most people don’t know is that shingles are only temporary and need to be replaced every 20 years. In the long run, those repairs and reroofs can really start adding up.

  • Materials: Asphalt shingles are made up of either fiberglass or a paper fiber mat. Throughout time, asphalt shingles will begin to dry out, lose granules, crack, and the adhesive tabs will begin to deteriorate.
  • Appearance: Vibrant colors are non-existent and they only come in one profile, flat. There’s also no dimension to complement architectural styles like European or Victorian.
  • NOT Eco–Friendly: Shingles are made up of a petroleum-based product (not an eco-friendly base) and are continuously filling our landfills each day.
  • Durability: Another thing homeowners often forget is how fragile shingles can be. In harsh weather, asphalt shingles can begin to lose their resistance and fly off the roof.

The heat from the sun is also an area of concern. When asphalt shingles are installed, they are in direct contact with the underlayment causing heat to be stored at the top. This creates the entire structure to heat up and causes homeowners to spend more money each month on cooling costs. Concrete roof tiles, on the other hand, are elevated during installation; this allows the roof structure to cool while the heat is vented out. This installation process can actually help reduce your heating and cooling costs all year long. So now that you know the facts about shingles, let’s talk about Concrete Roof Tile.

  • Materials: Concrete roof tiles are made from a natural mixture of cement, sand, water, and oxide.
  • Appearance: Concrete tiles are made to resemble styles of traditional clay, wood shake, and slate. Eagle Roofing Products offers over 170 colors and nine different profiles to choose from, complementing all types of architecture.
  • Eco-Friendly: Made from natural materials, concrete roof tiles are easily recyclable and many of Eagle Roofing Products’ color selections have been approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council. 
  • Durability: Concrete roof tiles can resistant harsh weather and are known to stand as long as the structure it’s supporting. There’s a reason why roof tiles have been used for centuries.

While asphalt shingles may be less expensive in the beginning, concrete roof tiles are built to last and can save a homeowner money, stress, and time in the long run. The next time you have a big roofing project, consider the benefits that a concrete tile roof can provide.  To learn more about Eagle Roofing Products’ concrete roof tile, contact your local Account Representative.