Asphalt shingles have been around for a long time. They are one of the two preferred type of roofing material in use throughout the world. For most climatic conditions in the United States asphalt shingle material is the most preferred. Though a growing number of consumers are choosing a shingle that is tile, made of cement or clay. While other materials are available, at this time, asphalt and tile are the preferred material for quality roof construction.
One reason for the growth in popularity of tile is how the design fits for homes of southwestern design. For that reason, all across the sun belt from California to Florida, homes with stucco walls often use cement or clay tile. The tile type of shingle allows the attic of a home to remain cooler than possible with an asphalt shingle. In turn, a cooler attic helps keep the main part of the home at a more comfortable temperature. In addition to the cement or clay tiles naturally helping keep a home cooler, the colors used are lighter in color, helping to reflect the heat.
Tile roof-material is considered to increase the value of a home. This is due to the fact that tile generally lasts much longer than asphalt shingles. Also, many tile manufacturers have a warranty for their tile shingle products for as long as fifty years.
The initial cost of tile roofing is usually more than asphalt shingles. Comparison of the cost over the expected life time of each type of roofing, however, shows tile is more cost effective over the long run.
Some companies point to possible breakage, causing a need for repair, with a tile shingle but the same type of weather conditions that can damage tile can destroy a roof that uses asphalt material. Asphalt roofing, in many climates, can require cleaning to remove moss and plant growth, the same is true for tile roofing, but the repair process is easier, less time consuming, and therefore less costly.
As is the case with any product, the quality of the workers performing installation makes a big difference. With either product, a bad installation can result in significant expense in the future. Some asphalt shingles are now made in a laminated manner, bringing the cost of an asphalt shingle closer to that of cement or clay tile. Properly installed both types of shingles, asphalt or tile, can last up to a half century, which is a very long time.
There is a wider range of colors and textures available from asphalt roofing, which is one contributor to the current continued preference for asphalt by home owners. Both types of shingles can require repair with replacement of the damaged shingles, but asphalt shingles can sometimes avoid repair by using patches, instead of needing replacement.
In the end, it comes down to personal preference as to which type of material is selected. It appears, for the greater Denver metro area anyway, these two types of shingle material will remain the top choices of contractors and home buyers for some time to come.
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