Shingle vs. Tile: Which One is Better for My Arizona Home?

Shingle and tile are the two most popular roofing types in Arizona. Shingle and tile both result in attractive roofs, and they both offer many advantages. However, they each have their drawbacks. If you want to get the best roof for your Arizona home, you need to consider the pros and cons of each roof type for your property.

Shingle and Tile Roofing Compare

Here’s a closer look at how shingle and tile roofing compare to help you make the right choice for your Arizona home:


Shingle is going to cost less than tile in almost all cases. Shingle’s affordability is one of the primary reasons for its popularity. It is almost always the least expensive roofing option for any home, with very few exceptions. Maintenance is also affordable, which keeps the lofelong cost of shingle roofing low.

Tile, meanwhile, can become very expensive. Cost can fluctuate widely depending on the type of tile being used. Because the tile is so much heavier than shingle, you may also have to pay to have the roof reinforced to support the tile, which adds to the expense. Maintenance can also be more expensive since the raw materials cost more.

Life Span

When you consider the cost of a roof, you also have to consider how long it will last you. The longer the roof lasts, the lowerthe relative cost. Just divide the overall cost of installation and maintenance by the number of years it’s expected to last to get an expected cost per year.

Typically, a shingle roof will last about 10 to 15 years, while a tile roof can last 20 to 50 years. Some tile types can last even longer. The life span of your tile roof will depend in large part on the material used, so be sure to ask your roofer about the options and compare the cost to lifespan to get the best value.

Roof Pitch

You can’t put shingle or tile on every property. Neither material is appropriate for flat roof. Shingle can be used on roofs that have a steep putch with no problem, but tile is somewhat more limited in that regard. The weight of the tile may make it too hard to secure the material on a steep pitch.

You’ll need to consult with a professional roofer to determine what material type will work best on your roof, given its pitch.

Energy Efficiency

Tile is typically more energy efficient than shingle, given its thicker and denser material. Tile adds a thick layer to the roof that insulates it and helps the property to retain energy better. Some types of tile are even more energy efficient than other types, but with any kind of tile on your roof, you’ll notice that your energy bills are lower than with shingle and remain more stable.

As always, consult with a roofer to determine which tile type will give you the most energy benefits based on the location of your property and its unique characteristics.

Damage Resistance

Shingle and tile both offer resistance to common damage from the Arizona climate. For example, shingle is not as easily blown off the roof during a monsoon storm as tile. However, tile can stand up the UV rays of the sun better than shingle, which can deteriorate over time.

Neither shingle nor tile comes out as the clear winner in terms of damage resistance. However, youshould consider the vulnerabilities of each and compare those to the other benefits that the material offers when choosing your roofing type.

Both shingle and tile are great roofing choices in Arizona. They are affordable, beautiful options that protect your home and are relatively easy to maintain. The right choice for your home will depend upon a variety of factors, including your budget, your preferences, and the unique characteristics of your home.

Allstate Roofing installs new shingle and tile roofs in Arizona, and our experienced roofers can help you decide on the right roof type for your property. No matter what roof type you choose, our goal is to deliver the best workmanship and the highest quality of service, ensuring that you get a long-lasting roof and have a good experience. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.


Chad Thomas, Owner of Allstate RoofingPublished By:

Allstate Roofing Inc

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