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Comparing roofing materials when preparing for a new roof installation is an essential piece of the process. Many homeowners do not consider different materials when re-roofing their homes or, if they are building a new home, fully understand their choices. Regardless of a re-roof or new construction roof installation, comparing roofing materials is always a good idea to help you determine what is best for you and your home. 

Two very popular roofing materials are metal and tile. 

In recent years we have seen a significant increase in metal roof installation, but this doesn’t mean tile roofs are obsolete. As two popular choices, comparing them before you make your decisions is essential. Craven Construction is here today to help you decide what material is best for your home, where you live, and most importantly, what is best for you.

Factors To Consider When Comparing Material

When comparing roofing materials, there are several different factors to consider. Below, we are going to review the general cost, maintenance or repair needs, life expectancy, and visual aspects of both metal and tile roofs. All the items below are often defining factors in making such a big decision, and investment, for your home.


Often the most defining aspect of any decision, the cost of a roof is no small investment. 

Tile Roof Cost

When compared to a metal roof, a tile roof will cost you a bit more. While there is a material cost, that is not exactly cheap, other costs of installing a new tile roof are what raise the cost. A tile roof takes significant knowledge and training to ensure it is installed properly. The installation process can also be time-consuming, which will drive the labor cost up. Lastly, your home may require additional support structure because the tiles are heavy, which can also increase the installation cost. 

Metal Roof Cost

While not as high as a tile roof, the cost of a metal roof is still not “cheap”. There are also a lot of factors that go into a metal roof that can affect the cost. These include where you live, the type of metal roof, color, any special coatings you choose to put on it, and a whole other set of factors. On average, a metal roof typically ranges from about $8-16 a square foot,

Maintenance and Repair

Future costs or needs, such as maintenance and repair, are often considered when deciding between two items.

Tile Roof Maintenance & Repair

Because of their impeccable durability, tile roofs are considered low maintenance and generally won’t need much repair. Maintenance needs include an annual general inspection, cleaning, and examining the roof for cracked or missing tiles. The largest maintenance item of a tile roof is going to be replacing the underlayment. Typical repairs will include replacing any broken or missing tiles as quickly as possible so they do not allow moisture inside and prevent significant damage.

Metal Roof Maintenance & Repair

Luckily, a metal roof is also fairly easy to maintain and will typically only require an annual inspection and cleaning. A metal roof is incredibly durable, however, when a repair is needed, it can be quite significant. Instead of replacing just the broken tiles, entire panels will need to be replaced.

Life Longevity

This can help offset the cost of installation. 

Tile Roof Lifespan

Tile roofs, when properly installed and cared for, can last upwards of 50 years! This is one of the primary advantages of installing a tile roof. When considering adding a tile roof to your home, the expected lifespan can often help offset the initial cost of installation. A tile roof’s durability can help contribute to its life expectancy along with ensuring maintenance is completed when needed. 

Metal Roof Lifespan

A metal roof will typically last between 40-50 years. Again, professional installation, maintenance, and repair are necessary to help ensure it lasts as long as it should. If you are considering a metal roof for your home, you can trust that it will last a significantly long time.


When it comes to your home, looks matter. 

Tile Roof Aesthetic

Tile roofs are often considered traditional and bring influence from Spanish, Italian, and Mediterranean styles. With several choices in profile, color, texture, and additional accents, a tile roof can complement any architectural style. If you are in the market for a roof that is traditional, elegant, and grand, a tile roof is for you. 

Metal Roof Aesthetic

Metal roofs give off a more modern look. With several advancements in design, a metal roof can be designed to match the aesthetic of any home style. When choosing a metal roof, you also get to choose from several colors, textures, and finishes. All of which contribute to the overall look of the home.

Talk To An Expert

If you are still unsure what material might be best for your home or you still have questions about tile or metal, discuss it with your local roofing company. They will be able to offer their professional opinion and an accurate estimate for installing the roof on your home. 

Craven Construction is your East Valley, Arizona roofing expert. Not only are we available for all of your tile roofing needs, but also anything you need for a new metal roof. Our team is licensed and insured for your added peace of mind. Call our office to schedule your FREE estimate today!

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over two decades of residential and commercial experience, we are here to serve you and all of your roofing needs.

Our team of experienced roofers is licensed and knowledgeable in working with all types of roofing. We offer high quality roofing services and are capable of getting your project completed in a timely, efficient manner.