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Tile Roofs vs. Shingle Roofs

by Amber Cheramy-Lyon on September 18, 2009

The two most popular roofing materials used in Lake Havasu are either Tile Roofs or Shingle Roofs. There are many differences in cost, strength, useful life, installation, and weight.
The cost of a tile roof is usually double that of a shingle type roof, but the useful life of the roof is also nearly double. Most people contest that if you buy a home with a tile roof or put a tile roof on a property you will never need to replace it. This may be true but statistics show the useful life of a tile roof is 50+ years, while the useful life of a well maintained shingle roof is around 20 years.
Looking at it that way you would think that the tile roof is a shoe in, and on newer homes it is. You will find that most new homes in Lake Havasu are always built with a tile roof.
Another disadvantage of a shingle roof is that it requires more maintenance and repair because in many case as the roof ages shingle begin to blow off on windy days.
So why wouldn’t homeowners replace shingle roofs with tile roofs when it comes time? Well many older homes cannot bear the weight of a tile roof. In some cases you can use an ultra lightweight tile but even then there is a chance the roof of an older home may not be able to stand the weight and of course the lighter weight tile is more expensive.
When it comes down to the bottom line, a well maintained shingle roof will be just fine and not need an immediate upgrade but the tile is the standard and will always be better for the resale of the property. Potential homeowner look at tile roofs as something that will not be a major expense in the future while a shingle roof could be.

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