Concrete Tile vs. Asphalt Shingles

Concrete Tile Roofs vs. Asphalt Shingles: A 25 Year Comparison

If you travel down almost any residential street throughout the United States, you will see multiple homes roofed with asphalt shingles. Although they are fairly new to the building industry compared to other roofing options, they are the most commonly used material for residential roofs. However, “most popular” doesn’t necessarily translate to “best option.”

Asphalt shingles gained their popularity due to their perceived affordability. As it turns out, what makes them so affordable is actually their downfall. The thin, lightweight material, either fiberglass or a paper fiber mat, that they are made of is prone to weathering issues. Depending on the region of a home, asphalt shingles can prematurely dry out, lose granules, crack, and deteriorate. This can lead to roof leaks and water damage within the underlying layers of the roof all within 10 to 15 years of its supposed 30-year lifespan. The image on the right displays what an asphalt shingle roofs looks like after 25 years. It is faded and deteriorating, appears to be missing a few shingles and is in desperate need of a replacement.

On the other hand, there are roofing materials that have been used on structures around the globe for centuries and have proven their durability, such as concrete tile roofs. When installed properly, concrete tile roofs, such as those manufactured by Eagle Roofing Products, can withstand the harshest of elements including wind gusts of up to 180mph, damage from hail stones up to 2”, exceed freeze/thaw climate requirements and are fire resistant. The image below shows a neighborhood with 25-year old concrete tile roofs. The roofs look much different than the one shown above with asphalt shingles, even though they were both installed 25 years ago.  As you can see, the concrete tile roofs remain aesthetically beautiful, structurally sound and are certainly in no need of a roof replacement any time soon.

Once the actual lifespan, number of reroofs and cost of tile vs. shingles are taken into consideration, concrete roof tiles becomes a significantly cheaper option. So next time you’re in the market for a new roof, consider choosing one that will provide long-term benefits of affordability, curb appeal and durability. Consider choosing a concrete tile roof.

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How Do Concrete Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

ASnow Tile Roofs parts of the country are dealing with yet another brutal winter storm, it seems like a good time to discuss the best materials for protecting your home against the elements. While most homes in areas prone to snow tend to boast asphalt shingles, there are far superior materials available for cold-weather roofing.


We all know that concrete roofing tiles are popular in hot, sunny states due to their energy-saving, highly insulating properties. Those attributes also work to keep out the cold, meaning lower bills for heating the structure.

The density and durability of concrete tiles made by Eagle Roofing Products make them a prime choice for buildings in cold or high freeze-thaw cycling areas. Unlike more porous materials like asphalt, concrete tiles are not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. Concrete tiles also have a naturally occurring air pocket between the underside of the tile and the roof sheathing that, when installed and ventilated correctly, minimize ice-damming as well as tile expansion and contraction due to changes in temperature.

As an added measure, Eagle uses specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets.

Speaking of damage caused by ice and snow accumulation, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that, “If installed properly the first time, theres really not much that has to be done to maintain a tile roof.” While we cannot promise our roofs will always be damage-free, they are far less prone to such costly issues and require much less work to keep them that way. This comes in handy during snow storms when the odds of convincing a roofing repair company to come fix a weather-damaged roof are practically zero.

Basically, you could not ask for a better roof system during a snow storm.

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What’s the Difference Between Asphalt Shingles and Concrete Tile Roofing?

If you drive through most neighborhoods you’re likely to see varying roofing materials, but more often than not, you’ll notice that asphalt shingles seem to dominate as the most popular roofing material. Just like any other type of product, the most popular doesn’t always mean it’s the best in quality. The most common reason that homeowners and builders install asphalt shingles comes down to one thing– COST. They are less expensive than tile.

Concrete tile and asphalt shingles are both popular options to roof a modern home. They both come in different styles and colors and do look nice once completed. Both concrete and asphalt offer a variety of different looks to suit a homeowner’s desires and both are very durable.
They are also both tough and resistant to impact from inclement weather, but one of the issues with the asphalt shingles, though, is that they may blow off in high winds. Concrete tiles do not blow away.

Another difference between the two types comes with the initial installation. Concrete tiles are more difficult to install and require professional assistance. Added help at the time of installation can lead to extra initial costs. Normally a contractor doing the tile roofing job will have had a specific training just for that type of product. It is essential that it’s done correctly in order to have a safe, durable, and long lasting roof.

In addition to that, asphalt shingles are considered less environmentally friendly than concrete tiles because they do not serve to insulate and block heat from the home, which can lead to higher utility bills and increased energy use. It has been found that tile roofing can reduce heating and cooling costs because of the type of ventilation required upon installation.

Concrete tile roofs may be more expensive than asphalt shingles upon initial purchase, but they add value to a home and provide extra longevity. The variety of tiles available today really provide a unique look and style for any home or business. The curb appeal cannot be beat!

No other concrete roof tile manufacturer offers the range of styles and colors that Eagle offers. Options. Eagle has them, and they give you the ability to differentiate your projects while increasing their value. Eagle has developed regionally specific color lines with the help of professional colorists who understand industry trends.

Eagle Roofing Products. The company of choice.

Why You Should Consider Upgrading to Tile Roofing

You see homes with asphalt shingles every day. They are very common. But, if you are considering a re-roof project or a roof material for a new house or building, why not consider something…..well, better?
There are several reasons why tile roofing is a superior product. First of all, it’s a better value. If you need to sell your house or building, a tile roof will help not only to make it more attractive, but add a higher value on your investment.
Asphalt shingles are ok, but they cannot match the beauty of clay and concrete roof tiles. The numerous styles,
hundreds of colors, and variety of finishes available with roof tile allow you to create a roof to suit nearly any architectural style or one
that is entirely unique. The possibilities are endless.

Roof tile is tried and true. It has been used for centuries worldwide and for many
good reasons. Both clay roof tile and its modern partner, concrete, are not
only beautiful but also extremely durable. With proper building design and
installation, tile roofs can last 50 to 100 years or more. They do not rot in wet
climates and are not susceptible to destruction by pests. Tile roofs can be
used in any climate or region and can withstand fire, earthquakes, the severest weather conditions, including hail, wind and snow. For these reasons, most roof tile manufacturers offer product warranties of at least 50 years.

Clay and concrete tiles are environmentally friendly as well. Both clay and concrete roof tiles are made from natural materials that do not deplete precious resources. They are manufactured without chemical preservatives. Also, old
tiles can be recycled to make new tiles or other products. Finally, a simple comparison
of lifecycle costs makes it clear that a tile roof is one of the best available today.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

What a Class “A” Rated Tile Roof System Means

Every year we hear on the news about homes being consumed in wildfires. The thought of a horrific incident like that sends shivers down any homeowners’ spine. Even if you live in an area where wildfires are not likely, lightning strikes or just freak accidents are possible. There’s no sure way to prevent such atrocities, but research does show that tile roofs rank the highest (class A) and are proven to be more durable than most other roofing materials.
“Most people don’t realize that there are many things they can do to safeguard their home from serious damage due to wildfires, storms and even earthquakes,” says Tile Roofing Institute Managing Director, Jeanne Sheehy. “Taking just a few precautionary measures can go a long way towards helping homeowners minimize the damage that can occur from these kinds of natural disasters.”

Investigations have shown that a majority of fires start when embers ignite non-fire-resistant roofs. Because all concrete and clay tile roofs offer a non-combustible Class A fire rating – the highest possible fire resistant rating available – they can play an important role in protecting your home in a fire. Furthermore, Class “A” rated tile roof systems are usually eligible for the lowest fire insurance rates.

The roof is the most vulnerable part of any home during a wildfire. Since tile roof tiles are noncombustible, they enhance a structure’s level of fire safety. Roofing tiles last a long time and they do not rot, curl, rust or burn, especially tiles made of cement mixtures. In fact, the longer tiles are exposed, the more durable they become. By design, a tile roof is allowing air circulation under the tile, which reduces heat transfer to the attic during a fire.

Tile roofs achieve the highest attainable fire rating for both the product and installed system. The Class A fire rating includes tests for spread of flame, intermittent flame, and the burning brand.

To find out more benefits of tile roofing, contact Eagle Roofing today!

(Source: Tile Roofing Institute)

Storm Related Roofing Expenses Bring Shingle Prices Up

Jim Stickland of Atlanta Action 2 news reported last week the headline, “Prices are going through the roof!” and he’s right. There has been a massive price increase that took place on March 1, 2013 for shingles. It is also reported that the prices will increase again on April 15, 2013. A bundle of shingles will now cost….a bundle! Shingle manufacturers are shipping more shingles to areas in the Hurricane Sandy areas which is leaving a smaller supply in the south.

The market leader Owens Corning has raised prices by double digits. This price increase has a big affect on everyone because it trickles down to the homeowners who have to pay more for their insurance premiums. So, even if you don’t need a new roof or roof repairs, you can still be affected.

It has already been reported that Allstate went up 9.9% in April of last year and State Farm has reported a 7% increase. Storm-related roofing expenses are a major reason for this change.

“The more this damage occurs, the more the insurance companies are laying out. They have to maintain their financial stability as well,” said Dave Colmans of the Georgia Insurance Information Service.

What does this mean for a homeowner in general? Tile shingles should be considered for your next roofing or re-roofing project. The durability, long lasting and long term investment– tile roofing is superior. It is the most cost-effective way to protect your biggest investment.

Tile Roofs vs. Shingle Roofs: What are the Differences?

Tile Roofs vs. Shingle Roofs: What is the Difference?

A roof is a roof is a roof….wrong.  There really are superior roofing materials available.  If you are trying to decide what kind of material to use on your roof here are some facts about the differences between using tile and using shingles for a new roof. There are many considerations of a tile roof or a shingle roof system. It is highly suggested to research which roof is better for your home and the climate that you live in.

1. What is the cost difference for tile roofs vs. shingle roofs?

When comparing tile roofs and shingle roofs, the first noticeable difference is the price. Tile is more expensive than shingles, usually at least double the price. However, the life expectancy of tile ends up being about double that of shingles, so it works out to be about even in that regard. One consideration is that high winds and bad weather can knock off your shingles much more easily than with tiles. Tiles are more durable and can withstand a lot more strain.

2. What climate is best for tile roofs vs. shingle roofs?

An important consideration to think about is your climate. If you are in an easier climate, weather-wise, it may not be a bad idea to go with shingles. Especially if money is tight at the moment, then its not really a disadvantage to you at all as the buyer. However, if you do live in the southeast of the United States, as well as other snow-ridden areas, it may be a wise choice to go with tiles when possible.  Tiles do perform well in cold climates.  They are not just for warm, sunny regions.  Snow easily slides from their surface and they are good conductors.
Some say that tile roofs can last for as long as 50 years, whereas shingles last about 20 years. Either way, with some maintenance, you are getting a lot of life for your roof, regardless of whether you choose shingles or tile. There is all typs of warranties for each roof depending on the contractor and the manufacture of the material. However, normally tile roof systems have a longer warranty.  (Ask about Eagle Roofing Tiles’ warranties.)

3. What type of roof can handle the weight of tile vs. shingle?

Another consideration that needs to be examined is the sturdiness of your roof. Not every roof can take the weight of a heavy tile roof. You want to consult with one of our roofing contractors to see what the carrying capacity of your roof really is, and then choose based on your budget, climate and your end goal.
Tile is definitely an advantage when looking to resell your home. It isnt as important as having a nice roof, in general; however, if you have the option, ask your real estate agent about comparable homes in your area and the kind of roofs they have, to see if there is any difference in which kind of homes sell quicker and for a higher price. In some areas, you will find it to be very important, and in other areas its not that important at all. Do some research and stop by to one of Eagle Roofing Tile’s help centers to see samples and ask a representative for individual assistance.  You will be amazed at our selection and service.  The curb appeal of an Eagle Tile roof cannot be matched!

Concrete Roofing vs Asphalt: Which is more Energy Efficient? (Part 2)

I came across a recent question that was answered by Michael Holcomb from the Byron Center in Michigan. His explanation is excellent in answering the question of
“Is an asphalt shingle roof or concrete tile better, energy wise?”
In the previous blog entry, Holcomb explained the difference between asphalt and concrete shingles as far as heat transfer and energy efficiency. The rest of his thoughts have to do with other factors to consider and selecting a contractor.

Holcomb writes, “There are other mitigating factors in choosing between asphalt shingles and concrete tiles.
Concrete is fire proof, wind proof, brittle to walk on and more expensive up front.
Asphalt shingles are cheaper initially, safe to walk on (weather permitting), wind resistant and easily repairable.
You can install a radiant barrier under the roof structure (not on the floor of the attic) that will improve the energy efficiency of the roof assembly using asphalt shingles.
A properly install radiant barrier can reduce radiant heat gain and vent conducted heat through the roof venting system.
Remember in order that a radiant barrier be effective the reflective surface must be exposed to an air gap.”

His advice on selecting a contractor:
“Whichever way you go select a qualified contractor, verify their references, licensing and insurance coverage.
If you go with a cement roof make sure that they have done a lot of cement tile roofs.
Talk to previous customers to see how their experience with the contractor went.
Don’t disqualify a contractor that has had a complaint if they handled the complaint and the client was satisfied. Anyone that has been in business for any length of time will have had complaints, many unjustified.”

Great words of wisdom to share.


Concrete Roofing vs. Asphalt: Which is More Energy Efficient (Part 1)

I came across a recent question that was answered by Michael Holcomb from the Byron Center in Michigan. His explanation is excellent in answering the question of “Is an asphalt shingle roof or concrete tile better, energy wise?”

Holcomb suggests that it’s a question that might have a different response depending on your location.He goes on to say, “Lets begin by reviewing how heat is transferred through roofing. Heat travels on light rays (radiant), in a vapor or liquid (convective) and through solid objects (conduction). When we say a roof is energy efficient we are speaking of its ability to reduce all three.In cold weather states conductive heat movement is not a function of roof coverings.All climate zones are concerned with radiant and convective heat transfer with regards to the roof structure.

In a predominantly cooling climate we should select a roof that reduces the impact of all three types of heat transfer since the sun radiates heat to the roof coverings which heat the roof structure conductively causing the attic to heat up. The heated air pressurizes the attic and may force the heated air into the habitable structure through convection.
So when we think of a roof covering as energy efficient we are almost always talking about how effective it is at reducing transfer of radiant heat into the attic via conduction or convection.”

When addressing the effectiveness of Asphalt shingles, he writes “Asphalt shingles are somewhat effective if you purchase a solar reflective roofing shingle. A percentage of radiant heat is bounced back into the atmosphere.
Unfortunately there is still enough heat that warms the roof and surrounding structure making the attic hot during sunny periods.
Since the asphalt shingles are in direct contact with felt underlayment and the felt is installed directly over the roof sheathing the entire structure is within a few degrees of the asphalt shingle temperature. Once the sheathing is heated up through conduction it warms up the attic which in turn warms up the living spaces through conduction and convection.”

He also contrasts them with Concrete shingles and says, “Concrete shingles are much more effective at reducing all three types of heat transfer.
Concrete tiles can be reflective in color which reduces heat gain.
Since they are elevated they actually allow the heat gain to be vented so the roof structure has significantly less heat gain.
The heated air under the shingles is vented through the ridge cap helping to keep the roof structure cool.
So strictly from an energy perspective concrete tiles are more energy efficient than asphalt shingles.”

See the rest of Holcombs explanation and thoughts in the next blog entry.