Sometimes, you need a new roof. When that moment comes, it can feel stressful, but ultimately, it’s an opportunity. Your new roof can seriously upgrade your home. You just need a clear idea of the options before you. To help with that, we’re going to break down two of the most common types of roofing: tile and asphalt shingles.

Tile Roofing

Tile is one of the oldest roofing materials in the world. It’s been around for ages. The tiles are typically made from clay, but these days, you can also get concrete or synthetic tiles. Tiles can accommodate a wide range of looks.

Pros of Tile Roofing

Tile roofing has been popular since before asphalt shingles were even invented. It remains one of the most popular choices for new roofs because of what it brings to a home.

Tile roofs last a very long time. Generally speaking, you can expect to get 25 to 100 years out of your roof, depending on which tiles you pick and the climate and weather they endure. Not only are tile roofs tough, they are also very pretty. You can get many different types and styles of tile, and that means you can have an aesthetically unique roof in the neighborhood.

It’s not surprising that a roof that lasts so long is cost effective. In most cases, a tile roof will cost less over its lifetime than asphalt. Even though it lasts a long time, it requires absolutely minimal maintenance, and it is so tough that it’s even fine in the presence of seawater.

Cons of Tile Roofing

Despite all those pros, tile does have drawbacks. The first and most obvious is the up-front cost. Tile roofing costs anywhere from three to eight times as much as asphalt. While the cost-effectiveness favors tile, you have to pay a lot of money in the first place to get there.

Tile is also more difficult to install, and this frequently drives up the installation cost.

Tile also is not impervious to harm. While it is very tough, it does not handle foot traffic well. For any part of a roof where you want to be able to walk, tile is one of the worst choices.

Lastly, clay tiles struggle with dry heat. They do fine in the humid parts of Texas, but they’re not as good a choice for West Texas.

Shingle Roofing

Asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in the U.S. and Texas. They are pretty much the standard for residential roofing. They are very adaptable, and you can find them everywhere.

Pros of Shingle Roofing

You see shingle roofs everywhere, so there must be good reasons for that. The leading reason is that asphalt shingles are pretty much the cheapest roofing material you can find. They will cost substantially less in the first place, and they’re easy to install. That means installation labor costs are also usually lower.

Despite the low cost, shingle roofs typically last between 15 to 30 years, and many are warrantied as such. It’s a promising investment to get decades of use when you save thousands of dollars for the installation.

The other advantage of shingles is that they are easy to maintain. Even if the roof sustains damage, you can usually repair the damaged spot while the rest of the roof is fine. Additionally, it’s very easy to find people who work on shingle roofs.

Shingles are also known for their versatility. They function the same in every climate, so you know you can count on shingles to do what they do. For that same reason, they have great resale value. Everyone knows what to expect from shingles, so they never lower the value of a home.

Cons of Shingle Roofing

For all that is great about shingles, they have their weaknesses too. As explained before, shingle roofing just doesn’t last as long as tile. You will have to spend time, money, and energy taking care of shingle roofs, and this makes it less cost effective over long spans.

Another drawback to shingle is that it’s everywhere. If you want a unique roof, shingles won’t get you there. You’ll fit in, but you won’t stand out.

It’s also worth noting that most of an asphalt shingle cannot be recycled. Because it has a short lifespan (compared to other roofing materials), shingles are one of the least environmentally friendly roofing options.

You’ve seen a good breakdown of shingle and tile roofs. With that information, you can think a little more carefully about what you want. When you’re ready to move forward, or if you have additional questions, contact Paradigm Roofing. We install both tile and shingle roofs all around Collin County and the rest of the DFW area. We’ll make sure you have everything you need for your decision, and we’ll install your new roof when you’re ready.