Roofing isn’t just about choosing a roofing contractor near you and letting them decide the rest, in fact, there are more and more options out there that homeowners can choose from when it comes to styles, colors, and materials.
But with so many choices, many residential roofing clients can feel overwhelmed. And that’s why SPC Roofing & Construction is here to help with our handy guide that will teach you all you need to know about asphalt roofing VS tile or slate roofing.
Aren’t sure which is the best option for you? Read on and by the end of our latest article, you’ll have your answer!
Asphalt roofing has been the most popular type of roofing material historically for residential buildings for two main reasons – it’s relatively inexpensive and it’s relatively durable.
Asphalt roofing for residential buildings also gives a lot of options, style choices, even color schemes. Plus, because asphalt shingles are so popular, their installation is fairly straightforward, and every roofing contractor worth their weight in nails is able to successfully maintain, replace, or repair it.
Asphalt shingles are not only good for around 20 years, they are also as low as $70 a square (average being around $100 a square) making them the cheapest option for roofing materials by far, in most cases. And though there are more durable options out there, and much longer-life options, asphalt roofing is wind repellant, hail resistant, and can even be sun reflecting depending on the color, brand, and specifications you choose.
Wanta breakdown of more stats on asphalt roofing? Check out our last blog that gave bullet points for pros, cons, style, cost and even lifespans.
Want additional outside research? Check out this great guide for asphalt roofing shingles here.
Tile and slate roof upgrades are just that – upgrades. Tile is considered the better option in many cases because it looks nicer, lasts longer, and is highly energy efficient – but then why does asphalt shingles still take the metaphorical cake when it comes to roofing materials? Cost.
Sure, tile lasts up to five times as long as asphalt shingles and costs three-to-four times as much – but that can be a hard pill to swallow for many homeowners. Of course, when you do the math, it’s easy to see that tile roofing comes out on top for value in the long run, but that’s when you pit it against 100 years. Most homeowners aren’t looking that far in advance, which means that for most – the 15-25-year lifespan of asphalt shingles is just fine.
Let’s break it down:
Let’s say the tile you like is the average (around $350) and the asphalt is also around the average at $120 – if you’re looking at the next 45-60 years, you’ll go through 3 asphalt roofs ($120+ $120 + $120 = $360) while still having just about the same cost as the tile roof. Of course, if you want your roof to last 70, 80, even 90 or 100 years, then it’s more cost effective to use tile.
In the grand scheme of things, it costs about $75 to $125 per 20-25 years to use tile for your roofing – essentially equivalent to asphalt – it just depends on when you want to pay that.
But, if the upfront cost differentials are so huge, why do so many people in Texas, California, and the surrounding states choose tile roofing? Because it is energy efficient, drains water well, is fire resistant, and extremely durable for harsh or extreme hot temperatures.
We love both residential roofing and commercial roofing, so the next time you need a repair, replacement, inspection, or even a new build – contact your local, trusted SPC Construction & Roofing team to do the job right.
We can’t wait to work with you.