Shingle Roofing vs. Tile Roofing


Is it time to replace your roof? There are many different roofing materials to choose from, however the two most popular choices in California are asphalt shingles and tiles. Before making a choice, it is important to consider a few different factors, such as your budget, maintenance requirements, and your home’s structure. This blog will go over the difference between shingle roofing and tile roofing.




One of the main differences between these two roofing materials is the price. Tile roofs can be two or three times more expensive than shingle roofs. Shingle roofs are one of the most affordable roofs around. If you have a tight budget, then it’s recommended to go with shingle roofing.




The price increment of tile roofs does come with benefits. Tile roofs are rated to last 40 or even 50 years (with proper maintenance) while asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last 20 years (given the care it needs). Because of the longer lifespan of tile roofs, they generally come with a more extensive warranty as well. If you don’t want to worry about your roof for a long time, then tile roofing may be a better choice for you.


Shingle Roofing vs. Tile Roofing


Home Structure


Older homes usually have shingle roofs, while newer homes usually have tile roofs. If you have an older home, before considering tile roofing, you should consult with a contractor. Tile is significantly heavier than shingles, and many older home frame structures may not be able to support the added weight of the new material. To do so, you would have to add more framing or reinforcements.




Shingle roofs can experience cracking, curling, or even missing shingles during windy times. Tile roofs can experience cracking or breakage if debris fits it or if someone walks on the roof. Both roofs can be damaged, however the cost to repair tile roofs is a lot higher. Tile roofs require more maintenance since they’re more susceptible to moss, algae, and fungus. Maintenance and repair for single roofs are a lot easier. Tile roofs restrict access to the roof due to their tendency to crack while being walked on. If you need regular access to your roof, then shingles might be better for your needs.




Many people base their roof decision simply on aesthetics. All homes are different, and everyone has different tastes and styles. These two roofings vary in texture and structure. Deciding on which one you believe would make your home look nicer is up to you. Asphalt shingles are also becoming available in more colors and looks, which is becoming more attractive to homeowners these days.


Shingle Roofing vs. Tile Roofing


Due to California’s weather, roof maintenance is not much of a problem for homeowners. However, considerations such as your budget, your home’s structure, and your personal preference will heavily influence your decision on the roofing material. We hope this blog helped you see the difference between single roofing and tile roofing. If you’re thinking of replacing your roof, give California Showcase Construction a call today at (951) 682-0208 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.