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August 5, 2019

When it’s time to replace an old roof in Tucson and southern Arizona, you may be debating between shingle roofs or tile roofs. There are pros and cons of both roof types. Here are some things to think about when considering a change.

Asphalt (or composite) shingle roofs are the least expensive roofing option . That’s the reason new home communities are often built with asphalt roofs (and offer tile roofs as an upgrade.) The number of roofing contractors that install shingle roofs gives you a greater choice of roofing contractors. The durability of shingle roofs and the choice of colors and styles also add to the attraction of asphalt shingles, although if you’re looking for a roof for an extension or conservatory then might be the best way to go.

Despite the advantages listed, there are some negatives to asphalt roofs. To prolong the life of an asphalt roof requires more regular maintenance than other types of roofs. Quality of the shingles will also affect the lifespan, ranging from 20 years to 50 years. Since air flow is also restricted, heat can’t escape from your home making it harder to cool down. That means higher energy bills.

Clay tile roofs offer a more attractive, southwestern look for your home. The advantage of tile roofs is the longer lifespan, with roofs lasting 40 – 50 years. Tiles aren’t affected by the scorching Arizona sun, so they don’t deteriorate, rot or discolor like asphalt shingles will.

The downside to tile roofs is the initial cost. Considerably more expensive, tile roofs cost more when installed, but spread out over the longer lifespan, the lifetime value of the roof would be lower. Another consideration in replacing shingles with tiles is the structural integrity of the roof. The weight of tiles is much more than shingles and if the roof structure wasn’t designed to handle that weight, it may require adding structural support.

Another consideration when analyzing the shingle vs. tile roofs is the fragile nature of tiles. Walking on the roof can result in cracked or broken tiles. While roof tiles are durable, the underlayment that waterproofs the roof is not. That felt needs to be replaced every 12 – 20 years. That requires that the tiles be removed, new felt put down and the tiles reinstalled.

When it’s time to reroof your home, weigh the pros and cons and decide which roofing material best meets your needs. If cost isn’t a concern or you are planning on your home being your last home, then a tile roof may be the best option. But asphalt shingles can still create a great curb appeal for the budget.

Talk to a trusted, experienced roofing contractor in Tucson and southern Arizona for help choosing the right roof for your home.

With over 30 years experience, Tucson Roofing Contractors Crest Contracting, Roofing Division, is locally owned, licensed, bonded and insured. We pride ourselves on doing the best job possible, the first time around.

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