When working on your construction project, an important factor to consider is what type of roof to install. You’ll want to think the issue over from every angle: at the very least taking into account style, cost, and lifespan, to name a few. That’s where this handy guide on the difference between shingle roofs and Spanish tiles comes in.
The most common type of roof in North America, shingles provide a classic look. This style consists of many overlapping small rectangular slates or shingles. Shingles can be made out of a range of different materials like slate, asphalt, shake, wood, and copper, with fiberglass being the most frequently used option today. They make for an easy and straightforward installation, ideal for cutting costs.
Shingle roofs are often available in a range of colors, shapes, and textures, and so match well with a range of architectural styles. They also come with benefits like reflecting sunlight well and resisting fire damage. However, do beware that shingle roofs can deteriorate over time from moss growth and accumulated debris, as you’ll need a specialized solution to clean and upkeep them. With shingle roofs, you can expect a lifespan of around fifteen to thirty years.
Spanish Tile Roofs
Statistics show that tile roofs are more a more popular option for roofing worldwide. This type of roof is most commonly seen on homes inspired by the Spanish style of architecture, hence the common name Spanish tiles. Tile roofs are typically made out of clay, concrete, terracotta, or slate. The tiles hang in overlapping parallel rows and are sealed to the roof, increasing protection and durability.
Keep in mind that installation will be slightly more complex and pricier than shingle roofs, though, with a lifespan of fifty to one hundred years, you can rest easy knowing you’ve made a solid lifetime investment. And apart from the traditional Spanish look, tiles are well-suited to a range of different architectural styles: Mediterranean, Southwest, you name it!
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