5 Differences between Tile and Shingle Roofs

Outside of appearance, have you ever wondered what the differences are between a tile roof and a shingle roof? Does it really matter which material you use? And when it comes down to it, is one better than the other? While there are advantages and disadvantages to both, much of the differences have to do with durability, climate, and price. If you’re about to hire a Littleton roofing company, the following will give you a good level of knowledge when discussing tile roofs vs. shingle roofs:

Durability – Tiles hold up better than shingles, and often have double the life expectancy as well—some say up to 50 years for tiles vs. around 20 years for shingles. High winds and bad weather can damage or knock off shingles much easier than tiles, which can better withstand weather conditions and general wear and tear. However, with good maintenance, you can get a lot of life out of either a shingle or a tile roof. 

Climate considerations – When it comes to climate in general, shingles are well-suited to milder climates, whereas tiles perform well in regions of the country with more extreme climate conditions, such as the southeast where it’s sunny and warmer, or areas which get a lot of snowfall, like here in Colorado. Because tiles are so durable, they not only can handle higher temps, but snow slides easily from them as well.
Sturdiness of your existing roof – Because tiles are heavier than shingles, not every roof can bear the weight. The best thing to do if considering tiles is to consult with your Littleton roofing professionals to determine the carrying capacity of your roof.

Price – A shingle roof is more budget-friendly than its twice-as-expensive counterpart, tile. So if you’re looking for a more affordable option, shingles are a solid choice.

Reselling your home – Tiles have the advantage as far as the aesthetic appeal of a home. But ultimately buyers just want a nice roof, no matter what material is used. If you’re considering selling your home down the road, check with a real estate agent to find out about comparable homes in your neighborhood, and how a roof affects both the timeframe in which a house gets sold, as well as its selling price. The importance of the roof type will likely vary by area.

The Roof Dr. is a local roofing company you can count on for your Littleton residential roofing needs, with years of professional experience and competitive price points. No matter what you’re looking for—roof installation or replacement—call The Roof Dr. today at 303-618-9889 for a quick, no-cost quote.
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