Many types of residential roofing are available. Shingle and tile roofing are two common styles. Homeowners, though, tend to use the two terms interchangeably even though they denote different types. We’ll explain the difference and the main characteristics of each one.
Shingles are typically made from asphalt, are rectangular, and overlap one another to keep out water. Shingles are the most common residential roofing type. Homeowners appreciate shingles for their low up-front cost, durability, and waterproof and wind-resistance abilities.
Shingles also reflect sunlight quite well. Also, modern manufacturers have designed shingles to resist fire and algae growth.
While Shingles are more popular in the U.S., tiles are more commonplace worldwide. They have also been in use for over a century, pre-dating shingles by several decades. The tiles are made from slate or terra cotta and hang in parallel rows to keep out water.
Tile is heavier than shingle, giving it good strength and superior wind resistance. They also have long life spans, with manufacturer warranties averaging 50 years.
This is also a good style if you appreciate Spanish or Mediterranean architecture.
We supply both styles for residential and commercial roofing, but don’t advocate one over the other. While tiles tend to be sturdier, shingles are not that far behind, thanks to modern manufacturing methods. Go with shingles if you want a budget-friendly option. If you’re willing to shell out a bit more for excellent craftsmanship and an old-time look, you can’t go wrong with tile.
Contact Roofing and Construction if your roof is due for a replacement. Our team does roofing installation and other services for an up-to-date roof. Whether you choose shingle or tile roofing, you receive the best in material, installation, and workmanship.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Serving customers in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Mill Creek, Mukilteo, Redmond, Snoqualmie