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Tile vs. Shingle – Which Will Win the Right to be Your Roofing Material?

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Whether it’s time for a new roof because of exhaustive damage or you just feel like changing styles, there are many materials that roofing contractors can provide. Every house is different and each type of roofing can add a certain style and level of protection. With any roof service there will be options to choose from, so you’ll need to know which is best for your home, your budget, and your style. Tile and shingles are some of the most common choices for homeowners, but which is better for you?

Asphalt Shingles

Shingle roofing is actually the most common type of roofing in the United States. The shingles are made from asphalt and are placed in an overlapping pattern to create a sealed barrier against water. Asphalt roofs can help against algae build up and can come in a variety of colors. They’re also a relatively cheaper route when deciding what type of roofing to purchase. Not only are asphalt shingles generally the cheapest roofing option, but they can be installed over an old layer of shingles, lowering the cost of installation. Asphalt shingles can be used in both warm and snowy climates because they reflect sunlight and can help keep the house cool in the heat, but they are also slick enough that snow is able to glide right off of the roof.

Slate Tile

Slate roofs are a strong competitor to shingle roofing due to similarities in design and aesthetics. Tile roofing can be a great option if you live in a colder climate since the slate is a very strong material and can withstand the weight of the snow. Tile roofing is seen mostly in Spanish-style homes, but many modern homes are adapting tile roofing. Slate or terra cotta are common materials used in tile roofing, but there are synthetic options as well. Similar to asphalt, the tiles overlap one another in rows to keep water out. However, tile roofing tends to cost almost double what asphalt costs and weighs significantly more. You’ll need to confirm with your roofing contractor that the structure of your house can hold the weight. If you choose tile, then your roof can last up to 100 years before needing replacement.

When deciding which roofing style to go with, you’ll need to consider cost and weight capacity first and foremost. Contractors don’t use individual square footing when taking measurements of your roof, but instead use a square to refer to a measurement of 10 feet by 10 feet. Make sure you understand that the cost is per “square.” If your home is new then chances are it will be able to support the weight of tile. If you simply are in need of roofing repair and maintenance rather than a new roofing installation, a roofing contractor can still provide services to fit your needs.

If you are looking to replace your roof or in need of roof repair, give ROOFWORKS a call for a free, no hassle estimate.