Homeowners looking to install a new roof often find themselves torn in one or the other direction between tile or shingle roofing. While price is a factor (and a big one) there are a number of things to consider when installing either. Depending on climate, what you choose to install can give you years of satisfaction– if you make the right choice.


The first thing that homeowners often look at is the price, and asphalt shingles are the cheapest roofing materials on the market. Tiles are comparatively expensive, and can add thousands of dollars in the price of materials as well as workmanship. Asphalt can be installed more quickly than tile. There are additional considerations as well. Tile roofs usually require more cleaning, and during storms individual tiles can be damaged. This means that beside the cost of purchasing a tile roof, the maintenance costs are higher.

Material Differences

Tile is considerably more solid than asphalt. Because of its structure, tile is ideal in terms of energy efficiency: it keeps the temperature of the attic relatively stable, something that can be done with an asphalt shingle roof by installing radiant barriers, which then brings up the cost of the asphalt roof installation. What this means is that your basic asphalt shingle roof will ultimately increase your energy costs unless installed with barriers.

Attic space under an asphalt roof generally is only within a few degrees in temperature of the roof, so if you use your attic for storage, this needs to be taken into consideration. By contrast, a tile roof substantially reduces both heat entrance and escape, keeping the space beneath at a more stable temperature.

In a colder climate, such as Flagstaff, AZ, this means that the choice in terms of heat is largely irrelevant, as there isn’t as much heat being trapped in an area. But in warmer areas, like Phoenix, a tile roof will do a far better job of stabilizing upstairs temperature than asphalt shingles will.

Another consideration is longevity– an asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 30 years in the best conditions, whereas a tile roof can last 50 years without any problems. While many asphalt roofs have long warranty periods, the warranties cover manufacturer defects, and over the course of two or three decades a fully functional asphalt roof will need eventual replacement. Tile roofs, by contrast (which also carry large warranties) can last generations without replacement.

When to Call a Professional

Homeowners can get a professional opinion on which is the right roof for them. If you still aren’t sure about which roof is right for you, Stapleton Roofing, one of the top roofing contractors in Phoenix, AZ, offers homeowners free estimates and advice on which is the best choice for your home. Getting a professional opinion can save you a lot of headaches in making the right choice. Call us 602-737-3124