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.

Choose a Roof that Delivers Aesthetics, Durability, and Energy Efficiency

Eagle Roofing sent out a recent press release with the following information. We thought it was worth adding these words to our blog in case you missed it on our website.

The move to incorporate energy efficiency and environmentally
friendly features continues to be one of the biggest selling points in the remodeling industry. Green products are crafted to exceed building codes and are not only cost-effective to own, but are especially economical to operate without sacrificing quality.

This demand for energy efficient products is especially evident in the roofing industry. Widely recognized as a leader in the industry, Eagle delivers true performance in their roofing products that include energy efficiency, protection from the elements, durability to last a lifetime and a
style to complement their architecture and add true curb appeal.

“In today’s tight economic environment, Eagle understands today’s savvy customers increasingly look at the energy efficiency of roofing in addition to aesthetics when evaluating their purchasing decision,” said Kevin Burlingame, president of Eagle Roofing Products. “We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and are deeply committed to giving customers a full line of innovative products.

This advantage enables remodelers to differentiate their projects and increase business while  creating incremental value for the homeowners.”
Eagle remains committed to being the company of choice for roofing products for both new construction and remodeling applications. This is exemplified through the company’s dedication to providing quality products and outstanding customer service.

As part of their extensive concrete tile product line, homeowners can choose from a selection of Cool Roof tile colors that are Energy Star and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) approved.
Eagle’s Cool Roof Tiles reflect sunlight and heat away from the home resulting in a 10% to 30% energy savings on air conditioning. Those who reroof their homes with these rated tile colors may be eligible for roof tile rebates through their utility company.

If you have questions, contact Eagle Roofing Products today.


Is Your Roof Cool? Here’s How it Works.

As we get into the hot, summer months, the AC gets cranked and the energy costs often rise to to keep buildings comfortable. According to the EPA, about $40 billion is spent annually in the US to air condition buildings – one-sixth of all electricity generated in a year!
ENERGY STAR qualified roof products reduce the amount of air conditioning needed in buildings and can reduce energy bills by up to 50%.”

What is Energy Star? ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. (

Cool Roof Rated products are listed with the Cool Roof Rating Council ( and have been tested and approved as highly reflective. Eagle Roofing offers an extensive amount of colors and profiles of Cool Roofing options, which can help reduce your energy costs by 10-30%. They also have environmental benefits as well, by reducing global warming, urban heat island effects, smog, and the production of CO2. 

Here’s How It Works:
A cool roof reflects and emits the sun’s energy as light back to the sky, rather than transferring it to the building below it as heat. Therefore, a tile’s 
“coolness” is measured by two properties–Solar Reflectance – fraction of sun energy reflected by roof (0-100%) and
Thermal Emittance – ability of roof surface to release (emit) absorbed heat (0-100%).
The recognition of the benefits are becoming more widespread and have been adopted by building codes and green building programs across the nation. 

To find out more about how an Eagle Tile Roof works, contact us today at .

Built to Last: Tile Roofs Can Take Extreme Conditions Well

It’s true. Buildings with tile roofs provide the greatest protection and best value of any roofing material.Different parts of our country are susceptible to devastation and damage from extreme weather. Clay and concrete roof tiles can resist damage from extreme weather and circumstances like hailstones, storms, and hurricane-force winds.

One of the reasons for this is because a tile roof system provides two layers of protection from the elements. The tile itself provides a tough water-shedding outer shell. And an underlayment of asphalt roofing paper is placed over the roof decking providing the inner shell.
This is real protection that few other roofing systems can provide.
One of the best attributes of concrete and clay tile roofing is its resistance to extreme weather conditions.  Its design and construction provide high air permeability, which helps relieve wind stress. Most other types of roofing materials would be damaged greatly under hurricane winds of 125 mph, but independent studies have shown that tile roofs have fared well in these cases.

For more information about the durability of clay and concrete tile roofs, contact Eagle Roofing today!

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)

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!

How Do Roof Tiles Perform in Cold Weather Conditions?

How do roof tiles perform in cold weather conditions?

The density and durability of concrete tile made by Eagle Roofing products a natural choice in cold or high freeze thaw cycling areas. The tile is not susceptible to moisture freezing within the body of the tile. There are specific application procedures that manage the snow blanket that may accumulate on the roof to prevent the snow from turning into a block of ice or sliding off the roof in large sheets. The tile has 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.

If installed properly, tile roofs are also virtually maintenance free. The roof handles the snow excellently. In fact, most owners with tile roofs in the colder regions report that “If it’s done properly the first time, there’s really nothing that has to be done to maintain a tile
roof.” For tile roof owners, the key selling points are low maintenance, elegance, and durability. Customers are very satisfied with tile roofs. They like the look and the durability. Once it’s up and in place, you get a good, lasting material. You may only run into problems with tile roofs in the mountain areas if you focus on one thing — cheap. The bottom line for some may be, How cheap can I get a tile roof put on my house?”
That’s where a lot of the bad press comes from and from people who use tile on buildings they shouldn’t or they don’t use the right system with it.
As with any other aspect of a building project, the longevity of a tile roof depends on thoughtful
planning, proper building design, and quality workmanship. Hire a roofing contractor who knows exactly HOW to install it properly, and you will have a beautiful roof for most of your lifetime.

Concrete Roofing Tile History

Concrete Roofing Tile History

There is nothing new about the concept of using concrete tile for roofing. Ancient records indicate that the Chinese were producing glazed clay roofing tiles 5,000 years ago. Various patterns of flat earthenware roof tile were used in Greece between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.

The Romans adopted a variation of the Greek pattern they introduced wherever suitable clay was found in the Roman Empire. Until the Romans brought clay tile to England, the customary durable roofing materials were stone and slate, while straw, reed, and timber were used as comparatively short life roof coverage.

Recorded commercial production, using natural cement to form the concrete, commenced in Bavaria around the middle of the 19th century. There are still many roofs in the Staudach district over a century old which give unquestionable proof of the durability of concrete roof tile. When this product was introduced in the early 1900s to England, Holland and other European countries, it became the practice to add a coloring pigment, at least to the tile surface, in order to imitate traditional clay roofing tiles. These early concrete roof tiles were made on hand, or semi-hand operated machines.

The first practical power-driven tile-making machine was developed in Denmark in the early 1920s. This machine, known as the Ringsted, passed a line of cast-iron pallets or molds under a hopper that poured a concrete mix into the molds. Shortly after the Ringsted machine was introduced to England, about 1925, a young engineer named William Powell developed a power-driven tile machine that was a considerable improvement on its Danish counterpart. In 1930, H. A. Wilkinson, then managing his father’s factory in Surry, England, decided to eliminate the tedious handwork and designed a more efficient tile-making machine. Improvements were made to the tile making production plants year after year and the industry developed rapidly.

In 1961, 82% of all domestic roofs in Great Britain were comprised of concrete tile; the percentage in Australia approached 60% and in Germany concrete tile covered 30% of all new roofs. Recent estimates show that concrete tile now accounts for 90% of all roofs in Europe and the South Pacific Basin, with nations such as China, Japan and America rapidly converting from other products.

Unlike petroleum-based shingles, concrete tiles aren’t flammable.
Concrete roofing tiles often cost more than some of the cheaper tiling and shingling options, but generally last longer. Modern concrete mixing methods also allow the tiles to be manufactured to fit various style and color requirements. Instead of looking like gritty gray slabs of cement, concrete tiles can even have the appearance of fine ceramics.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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.