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Are you in the market for a roof replacement ? If you’re like most people, your first thought is shingles. But traditional asphalt shingles aren’t your only option. Many Las Vegas area homeowners choose tile roofs instead.
Roof Replacement: Tile vs. Shingle
All roofing materials are not the same. Shingles are the most popular in the U.S., while clay tiles are more common in other parts of the world. Which is best? It depends on climate, cost, and personal preference.
When deciding which material is right for your home, there are several things to consider before opting for one over the other.
- Climate. Light colored clay tiles are an excellent option for keeping your roof cool. Their reflectance is about 70% (on a 0-100% scale). Asphalt shingles, especially algae-resistant ones, work well in cold or mixed climates. Some asphalt shingles are now being engineered to provide better reflectivity, making them another viable option for hotter areas like Las Vegas.
- Weight. In the U.S., tiles roofs are most commonly found on Spanish influenced architecture. Their high weight and strength give them excellent endurance. That high weight, though, can be a problem for older homes that might not be as structurally strong as newer ones. If you have your heart set on a roof replacement with tile, a qualified and reputable roofing contractor can help you determine if your home’s current structure can support it.
- Pricing. Shingles are the clear winner on cost alone; tiles cost almost twice as much. But – and it’s a big but – tiles last far longer, up to two times as long. Factor in the life expectancy of both materials, and your roof replacement cost is about the same. One factor to keep in mind: high winds can more easily knock off asphalt shingle. Tiles, on the other hand, are more durable and can withstand a lot more strain.
Other Roofing Considerations
People who love tile roofs but don’t have a Spanish-style home often ask if they’re a viable option for them. The answer is yes. Roof tiles come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and work equally as well on historical, colonial, or contemporary homes. They can be flat, round, fashioned to look like wood shakes, or to mimic other roofing materials.
If you decide to go with a shingle roofing system, look for products that are qualified by the Energy Star program and the Cool Roof Rating Council.
When You’ve Made Up Your Mind
Shingles or tile, a new roof is a beautiful addition to your home that adds visual appeal and value. For more information about the difference between the two materials, and how to make the best choice for your home, contact First Quality Roofing & Insulation in Las Vegas online today or by calling 702-262-7847. We offer free estimates with no obligations and the highest level of customer service.