Tile vs. Shingle Roofs: What’s the Difference?

Shingle tile roof in need of roof inspection and roof repair.

Tile vs. Shingle Roofs: What’s the Difference?

Thinking about investing in a new roof for your home? Before you make a hasty, last-minute decision, consider your options. Ask yourself: do I want a tile or shingle roof?

This month, we looked at the two most common types of South Florida roofs to help you make the right choice for your home. Read on to find out!


Tile roofs tend to cost more than shingle roofs due to its quality material and sealing process. However, keep in mind that tile roofs last longer than shingle roofs—more bang for your buck!

For homeowners on a budget, shingles may be the right option. They are less expensive and just as popular as tile roofs, so you can rest assured that you’ve invested in the best roof for your home without breaking your budget.


Tile roofs last between 30 to 40 years when installed properly, and by a professional roofing contractor. These roofs are weather-resistant to wind, rain, hail, and the Florida heat. The shape of the tiles allows rain or hail to fall downwards to the ground, offering a level of protection for your home during a storm or hurricane.

Shingle roofing can last 15 to 20 years. These roofs are fire and weather-resistant. The only downfall is that extreme heat, especially in South Florida, can affect how long the roof will last.

Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to crack and fissures that allow moisture into your home. For this reason, it is likely that you’ll need your shingles replaced more often than tile roofing.


Title roofs can be more difficult to maintain. Round barrel style tiles can allow small animals, plants, and mold to hide in the crevices. Tile roofing can be prone to moisture penetration.

Water can easily seep into your home if the sealing process in not done correctly, thus damaging your home. It’s important that you choose to go the professional route so that your tile roofing is installed properly.

Shingle roofing is easy to clean and maintain. The asphalt seals the shingles to the roof, allowing no room for moisture. However, it is recommended that you regularly check for cracks and leaks to keep your roof healthy and strong for years to come.

Materials and Style

Tile roofs are made from clay or concrete. In South Florida, tile roofs are one of the most popular roof types to choose from. The tiles come in a variety of different colors to choose from, allowing you more creative freedom. Tile roofs can match any type of architectural style required for the building structure, resembling traditional barrel style or other materials like wood and slate.

Shingle roofs are sealed with asphalt and tar to seal together the roof. They also come in a variety of different sizes, colors, styles, and prices that fit your budget.

South Florida Tile Roof and Shingle Roof Professionals

Even with these thoughts in mind, your roof will grow old and begin to give out. Prevent costly damage to your home with proper roof maintenance and repairs from Hercules Roofing. Our team of professional roofing specialists knows what it takes to keep your roof strong and free of debris for long-lasting protection.

Professional Roof Maintenance Solutions from Hercules Roofing

Let Hercules Roofing help you protect the roof of your home today! Have a question for the team? We can help! Schedule a personal consultation with Hercules Roofing team today at (561) 955-9889 to learn more about our roof repair and maintenance services.

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