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Two of the most popular roofing materials across the US are shingle and tile. Both have their advantages and create a great look to accent your home. If you are considering a new roof for your home, you will want to research each material type to help you determine what is best for you.

While shingle and tile roofs are quite different, it is good to compare the two while you are shopping for a roof. By reviewing each roofing material you will know exactly what to expect from your new roof. To help you with your research, we are comparing how shingles match up to tiles.


If you are looking for a cost effective option for your new roof, shingles are going to be your greatest opportunity. The cost of a shingle roof is what makes them so popular amongst homeowners. Additionally, the cost of maintenance and repairs are going to be less than that of a tile roof. 

On the flip side, a new tile roof is going to be quite expensive. While there are different types of tiles that have different costs, other factors increase the ticket price too. For example, tiles require the structure of the home to be reinforced to support the additional weight. However, tile roofs tend to have a longer lifespan that can offset the initial cost. 

Life Span

As we just stated, tile roofs have a longer lifespan than shingle roofs along with any other roofing material. With proper maintenance and repair, a tile roof can last upwards of 50 years. This is what makes them a popular choice among homeowners, especially those who live in areas with harsh weather conditions. 

Shingle roofs tend to have a lifespan of about 10-15 years. While this is many less years than a tile roof, the lower cost of installation can offset the need to replace sooner than a tile roof. If you professionally maintain and repair a shingle roof, you help extend the life of it. Also, you have the opportunity to roof over a shingle roof without tearing the old roof shingles off. This can help save on the new roof installation costs. 


Shingle roofs along with tile roofs are energy efficient in their own different ways. Asphalt shingles can be coated with special granules that make them energy efficient. When shopping for a new roof, if energy efficiency is important to you, you will want to tell your roofer so they order the proper shingles. The energy efficient shingles will reduce heat absorption, but most standard shingles lack the granules. 

If energy efficiency is very important to you, a tile roof is going to be your best bet. Tile is a thick, dense material that will insulate your house and help conserve energy. While there are several types of tile that can be used for a roofing material, you will notice with any tile that your energy bills will be lower than with a shingle roof. Again, talk with your roofer about the energy efficient materials they offer and discuss how else you might be able to support an energy efficient house. 

Maintenance & Repairs

No matter what material you choose for your new roof, there will always be maintenance and repair costs associated with it. Professional maintenance helps extend the lifespan of the roof along with helping prevent premature replacement. A shingle roof will likely withstand the harsh monsoon weather we typically see, but it might not hold up as well as tile does under the Arizona sun. Shingles are however relatively easy to replace and are a cost efficient option. 

Tile roofs are popular in the Valley because they can withstand the 300 plus days of sunshine we see a year. However, tiles can shift with heavy winds and come with a more expensive repair ticket. The long lifespan of a tile roof can accommodate for the added maintenance and repair costs.

Arizona New Roof Installation

If you are considering a new roof and live in the East Valley, contact Craven Construction today. We bring nearly two decades of Arizona roofing experience and provide quality new roof installations. Our team is professionally trained with both shingle and tile roof installations along with being licensed and insured for your added peace of mind. Schedule your FREE estimate for a new shingle roof today by calling our office.

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About Craven Construction

Craven Construction is dedicated to providing our customers with honest and reliable roofing services. With over 19 years 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.