Why Tile Shingles are More Expensive Than Asphalt Shingles

Replacing your roof is a big endeavor. It’s understandable that a homeowner would want to know more about their options, from roofing materials to contractors. To make your decision easier, we’ve researched why tile shingles are 2-3 times more expensive than asphalt shingles. (If you’d like more information on choosing shingles, check out our Ultimate Guide to Roofing Shingles.)

The simplest answer to why tile shingles are more expensive than asphalt shingles is that tile shingles are more expensive to manufacture and ship. Not only are they heavy, but they’re fragile, too, and require care when manufacturing, transporting, installing, and replacing. In addition, other factors compound the initial costs of materials to make a tile roof a more costly expenditure.

Size and Slope of Roof

To begin with, all roofing quotes will depend on the size of your roof and the slope of your roof. A larger roof will require more materials and labor for the perfect installation. A steep roof may require special installation methods to ensure the right fit. These factors will affect the cost of any roofing materials and installation. Beyond these concerns, however, tile roofing shingles are still double or triple the cost of asphalt shingles.

Additional Expenses

Tiles are often made from clay or concrete. This means they can be pretty heavy, especially when compared to asphalt shingles. In regards to installation, a homeowner opting for a new tile roof will likely need to reinforce their roof. Most homes aren’t built to hold heavy tiles and will require a structural engineer as well as additional materials. This can add up to $2,000 or more to the cost of installation—a number that isn’t always taken into account with a quote that only covers labor and tile costs.

Maintenance Costs

Tiles are long lasting—but the underlayment is not. While tile roofers will gladly tell you that their roofs can last for up to 50 years under normal conditions, they don’t frequently mention the underlayment or the fact that Florida weather isn’t quite “normal.”

To ensure your roof stays leak-free and strong, the underlayment beneath a tile roof should be replaced once every ten years. That means hiring a professional to carefully remove your tiles, replace the underlayment, and resecure your tiles. In addition, it’s important to note that while tile will not usually be affected by the heat, high winds, and heavy storms can have an effect on tiles, specifically when palm fronds lash.

Require a Professional for Routine Tasks

While heavy, tile shingles are fragile. Just walking across a tile roof could cause shingles to break unless you know how to do it properly. Maintenance tasks like cleaning gutters or replacing a tile will need to be handled by a professional to avoid breakage.

Tiles manufactured from man-made materials are not as durable as clay or slate tiles. While still relatively new, many have failed to live up to the promise made by their 50-year warranties, leaving too many homeowners with wrecked roofs and empty pockets.

Tile shingles have a distinctive style and are particularly popular in warmer climes. However, they are also cost-prohibitive. While many tile roofers laud the longevity of their shingles, they fail to mention the additional costs of reinforcement, a structural engineer, or frequent underlayment replacement. When included, these costs make a tile roof an even more expensive investment.

For homeowners who are looking for a more economical option that can still provide a distinctive look, asphalt shingles may be the way to. As an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Westchase Roofing offers beautiful asphalt shingle options and premiere service to the Tampa area. We believe asphalt shingles are perfect for dealing with Florida weather and that they will help you protect your biggest investment—your home. If you’re ready for a quote, give us a call. We look forward to hearing from you.