Concrete Tile vs. Shingle Roofs

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Concrete Tile vs. Shingle Roofs: Durability, Beauty, and Beyond

Choosing the right roofing material for your commercial property is a significant decision. It impacts not only your building’s aesthetics but also its longevity and energy efficiency. Two popular options are concrete tile and shingle roofs. Each offers distinct advantages and disadvantages, making a well-informed choice crucial.


Concrete tiles are renowned for their exceptional durability. They can last for over a century, withstanding harsh weather conditions like strong winds, heavy rain, and even hail. Shingle roofs, on the other hand, typically have a lifespan of 15 to 30 years, depending on the material (asphalt, fiberglass, or wood). They are more susceptible to damage from extreme weather events.


Concrete tiles come in a variety of styles, shapes, and colors, allowing for a rich and customized look. They can mimic the appearance of other materials like slate or clay, offering a timeless elegance. Shingle roofs, while available in various colors, generally have a more uniform and flat appearance.

Weight and Installation:

Concrete tiles are significantly heavier than shingles. This necessitates a sturdier roof structure, which may require additional reinforcement costs during installation. Conversely, shingle roofs are lightweight and can be installed on most roof types. Professional installation is recommended for both concrete tile and shingle roofs to ensure a watertight and long-lasting result. Clean Roofing emphasizes proper installation for optimal shingle roof performance, which can extend their lifespan to 30 years or more.


Concrete tiles require minimal maintenance throughout their lifespan. They are resistant to rot, fire, and insects. While occasional cleaning may be needed to remove debris, concrete tiles generally hold up remarkably well over time. Shingle roofs may require more frequent maintenance, such as replacing missing or damaged shingles, particularly after severe weather events.

Energy Efficiency:

Concrete tiles offer superior thermal mass, which can help regulate indoor temperatures. They absorb and radiate heat slowly, contributing to lower energy bills during both summer and winter. Shingle roofs, depending on the material, may offer some level of insulation, but generally not to the same extent as concrete tiles.


Concrete tiles have a higher upfront cost compared to shingle roofs. However, their exceptional durability translates to lower long-term replacement costs. Shingle roofs, while more affordable initially, will need to be replaced more frequently, leading to potentially higher costs over the lifespan of your commercial property. Clean Roofing offers a variety of options, including those from GAF, CertainTeed, and Owens Corning, to suit various budgets.


Ultimately, the choice between concrete tile and shingle roofs depends on your priorities and budget. If you value long-lasting durability, a distinctive aesthetic, and energy efficiency, concrete tile may be the ideal option. Clean Roofing, a trusted roofing contractor with expertise in both concrete tile and shingle roof installation and repairs, can help you assess your specific needs and recommend the best roofing solution for your commercial property.

Clean Roofing demonstrates its commitment to excellence through certifications. They are GAF Master Elite™ certified, a distinction held by only 2% of roofing companies. Additionally, they are GAF Certified Green Roofer™ certified and a certified installer for CertainTeed and Owens Corning.