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Asphalt or Tile Roofing

As homeowners, it is our responsibility to maintain the value and integrity of our roofs. Because a failed roof can result in damage to our homes that may not be covered by our insurance, it is most important to replace our roofs when needed. Over time, shingles warp and curl, exposing our houses to water infiltration that can cause toxic mold and structural damage. But, before we replace our roofs, we must decide what type of roofing material we will be using. Will we use asphalt or tile roofing? In this article, we will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Asphalt Shingles

Without a doubt, the most popular choice for roofing material is asphalt shingles. In fact, nearly 80% of all new roofs and roof replacements are done with asphalt shingles. This is likely because these shingles cost less. In addition, there are several types of asphalt shingle. And so, a homeowner can choose to use traditional three tab shingles or thicker, more durable laminated shingles. Each provides durability and a degree of fire protection.  However, clay and concrete tile offer additional fire protection.

Clay Tile

When seeking heavy duty, longer lasting roofing, clay and concrete tile are America’s first choice. More than the traditional Italian or Spanish tile, with which we are all familiar, modern tile comes in many shapes and sizes. And so, you can select clay that simulates wood shakes, or pick tile that mimics slate or choose from a variety of other options. In addition, clay tile is very fire resistant. On the other hand, tile is brittle and because it is more costly to produce, tile is more expensive than asphalt shingles.

Concrete Tile

Concrete tile is more resilient than clay or asphalt. Also, it is cheaper than clay tile while still being able to mimic wood, slate or traditional clay. Like clay tile, concrete tile is extremely fire resistant. But, due to its weight, homes that are not yet sturdy enough to handle these tiles must be reinforced before concrete tile is installed.

Asphalt or tile roofing, if you need a new roof, contact Solid Roofing now.

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