Davis Roofing: Article About Concrete Tiles and Asphalt Shingles
When comparing roofs across multiple neighborhoods, people are likely to notice the wide variety of materials that are used. Despite this, homeowners are also likely to notice that asphalt shingles dominate the market. However, there are other roofing materials that Davis roofing experts can install and that make great alternatives to asphalt shingles, including concrete tiles.
If homeowners assume that asphalt shingles are the most commonly used roofing material because they are the best, they are mistaken. Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material because they are the cheapest option for homeowners and builders. Over the years, the quality of asphalt shingles has improved but not to the level of other roofing options such as concrete tiles.
However, asphalt shingles and concrete tiles share several benefits. They both come in a variety of colors and styles, allowing homeowners to let their unique personalities shine. Both of these options are also resistant to impact damage and inclement weather such as heavy rain.
Of course, concrete tiles cost more than asphalt shingles, but homeowners get a number of added benefits because of this higher expense. The material isn't as vulnerable to strong winds as asphalt shingles because it weighs more. Additionally, the added weight of concrete tiles isn't a concern with most modern homes because the structures are built to support that extra weight.
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Concrete tiles are a bit more difficult to install than asphalt shingles, but in either case, homeowners should hire professional roofers for the new roof installations. The difficulty of installing concrete tiles may mean that the roofer has to charge more for the installation and that the project might take longer.
It's also worth noting that concrete tiles are more environmentally friendly than asphalt shingles because asphalt absorbs more of the sun's heat and doesn't insulate homes as well. Studies have shown that concrete tiles can reduce the cooling and heating costs of homes, so even though concrete tiles cost more, they can save homeowners a lot of money in the long run.
Concrete tiles also add a lot of value to homes. First, they have longer life cycles than asphalt shingles, lasting upwards of 75 years compared to 20 to 25. This usually means that concrete roofs come with longer manufacturer warranties, which adds even more value to homes because the warranties are often transferable in the event that the homeowners choose to sell their homes. Homeowners can ask their roofing professionals about the terms of their warranties and whether or not they are transferable.