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  • Writer's pictureRobert Galiszewski

Asphalt Shingles vs. Tile Roofing - Pros, Cons, and Costs

Updated: May 22

When it comes time to replace your home's roof, you'll need to decide on the type of roofing material that best fits your needs and budget. Two of the most popular options for residential roofing are asphalt shingles and tile roofing. Both provide durable weather protection but have some key differences:


Asphalt Shingles

Pros:

- Economical upfront cost for materials and installation

- Variety of color and style options to match home exteriors

- Lightweight and easy to install

- Average lifespan of 15-30 years with proper maintenance


Cons:

- Shorter lifespan than other roofing materials

- Not as eco-friendly due to asphalt composition

- Prone to wind damage in severe storms

- Granule loss can occur over time


Tile Roofing

Pros:

- Extremely long lifespan of 50-100 years

- Beautiful Mediterranean, Spanish, or clay barrel designs

- Fire-resistant and low maintenance

- Increases home value and curb appeal


Cons:

- Much higher installation costs due to weight and labor

- Requires reinforced roofing frames to support tile weight

- Difficult and pricey to replace cracked/broken tiles

- Limited style options beyond traditional profiles


From a cost perspective, asphalt shingles come out as the more budget-friendly option by a long shot. Basic 3-tab shingle roofs can cost $3,500-6,000 installed, while architectural shingles run $8,000-14,000. Tile roofs are a bigger investment at $16,000-25,000 or more when factoring in reinforced framing.


Depending on your long-term plans, either could make sense. Asphalt is cost-effective for homeowners looking to sell in 10-15 years, while tile provides a lifetime roofing solution if you plan to stay for decades.


No matter which way you go, trust the professionals at R&G Remodeling and Roofing for quality materials at affordable prices. Contact us today for a free consultation and quote.

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