Tile Roof or Asphalt Shingles?

Homeowners often choose to replace their roofs using the same materials and design as they had in place before. Old shingles usually get replaced with new shingles and old tiles are upgraded to new ones. There are practical and aesthetic pros and cons to using asphalt shingles or tiles, and making a change can have a huge impact for your home. If you are choosing between these two common styles, here are some things to consider. 


What Fits Your Home?

Each home is going to be a little bit different when it comes to the measurements and tolerances that are important for a roof replacement. Tile roofs are heavier than shingles, which means that they are better suited for certain homes than others. It may be the case that there are areas of your home where the weight of tiles on the roof would cause problems. Due to their individual design, some homes are going to be a better fit for one style over the other.



Your roof is there to do one main job, keep the weather out and the heat or cold in. Depending on the climate and seasonal weather around your home, you may want to consider one style of a roof over another. Because they are heavier and smoother, tile roofs are good conductors of heat that easily shed snow. Tile roofs also perform well in very sunny areas. Shingle roofs offer durability against wind and debris. Our contractors will be happy to offer recommendations about the right type to keep the weather out of your home.



Usually, there is a cost tradeoff when choosing between tiles and shingles. Shingle roofs are often significantly cheaper but do not last as long as tile roofs. Typically, the price tends to even out over the lifespan of a roof, with tiles making up for their initial price with an extended lifespan. Of course, there are going to be different cost options within each type, so you will have some wiggle room in your budget even after you decide on shingles or tiles.



It is always a good idea to consider the warranties available before making a decision on what type of roof you want. Again, due to their longer lifespan, tile roofs will generally offer extended warranty coverage over shingle options. This is another place where there can be significant differences between the specific brands you have to choose from.



Perhaps most importantly, shingles and tiles offer different design options for your home. In the same way that exterior paint can change the overall design profile of a structure, different roofing materials are also important. Making a change from a tile roof to asphalt shingles can completely change the look of your home, and vice versa. If you are considering a large-scale remodel in addition to a new roof, upgrading from one style to another can make a big change. 

If you’re in the Denver metro area and want to learn more information about Genesis Total Exteriors and the services we provide, contact us here.