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!