Tile Or Asphalt Shingle: Which Roofing Material Is Right For You

Posted on: 7 December 2022

Traditional asphalt roofs are an obvious choice for someone building a home or putting on a new roof, but other options are available. Tile roofs, for example, might be a good choice for certain homeowners. Whether an asphalt roof or a tile roof will be best for you is a decision only you can make after examining all the benefits and disadvantages of both materials. This article takes a look at this topic.


A major difference between asphalt shingles and tiles is that asphalt shingles are significantly less expensive to install. Asphalt shingle roofs cost $8,700 to $22,000 on average, according to Angi, a prominent home services website. The average cost of a clay or concrete tile roof is $24,000 to $35,000. So, if you are on a strict budget, asphalt shingles would be very appealing. If cost is not a consideration, however, then naturally you would make your decision based on other factors.

Heating and Cooling

Tiles do a great job of reflecting heat and making your home more energy efficient. Tiles have natural air ventilation because they allow air to pass under the tile. The energy of tiles helps keep the home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. A tile roof can lower your energy bills by up to 20 percent


When a roof needs a minor repair, such as fixing a crack in a shingle or tile, you have two options: do the job yourself or call a professional. With shingle roofs, doing it yourself is reasonable for minor repairs if you are handy with tools and comfortable being on a roof. The situation is different with tile roofs. A tile roof is not meant to be walked on as the tiles crack and break easily. If you step on a tile the wrong way, it can damage the tile and you will then have an even larger repair job.

So, if you want to save money by doing small roof repairs yourself, asphalt shingles are probably your best option.


A tile roof will typically last longer than an asphalt roof, as long as it is well-maintained. Tile roofs can last for 50 to 100 years says the Angi website, while asphalt shingle roofs have a significantly lower lifespan.

Every homeowner must decide for themselves which roofing material will work best for their home. To learn more about residential roofing, contact a roofer near you.