When your roof is doing its job, you never have to think about it. It keeps your home watertight and insulated—warm in the winter and cool in the summer. But a roof doesn't last forever. At some point as your home ages, you may have to consider roof replacement. When you do, the material you choose is vital. Two popular choices are asphalt shingles and tile. Here are a few of the pros and cons of each.
Asphalt shingles are the number one roofing material in the country and the main reason for this popularity is that asphalt shingles are extremely affordable. On average it costs between $1.50 and $5.50 per square foot to install this material on your roof.
Asphalt wouldn't be popular if it was just affordable and didn't last. Part of its popularity is also due to its durability. Properly installed asphalt shingles of a high grade can last up to 30 years, while a lower quality asphalt shingle will last about 15 years.
Not As Durable in Extreme Conditions
Homeowners that live in areas prone to extreme weather conditions like hurricanes might prefer an alternative to asphalt shingles because they aren't as durable in extreme weather events and can blow off the roof in high winds.
One of the main criticisms of asphalt shingles is that their production process isn't environmentally friendly and they can't be recycled after use because of the products used in the manufacturing process.
The most appealing characteristic of a clay tile roof is that it's likely the most durable roofing material on the market. A properly installed and maintained tile roof can last up to 100 years. It can withstand extreme weather events too like hurricanes and earthquakes.
Not only is it durable but tile is also has fantastic thermal properties that keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer, lowering the cost of cooling and heating by as much as 20% when compared to other options.
The biggest factor that keeps homeowners from choosing tile, despite the fact that it easily outlasts most other roofing options, is that tile is heavy. The structure of your roof has to be able to support that excess weight and not every home is designed and built with the enough structural support to do so.
Another factor that keeps many homeowners from choosing tile is that it costs more initially than shingle. The average cost of a clay tile roof is between $6 and $15 per square foot.