Asphalt Shingles And Concrete Tiles: What’s The Difference?

Asphalt shingles have the distinction of being the most popular roofing material. They are inexpensive, widely available, and extremely versatile. Concrete tiles offer similar versatility, and, with the rise of the e-commerce, they are much easier to obtain than in the past. Homeowners may find themselves asking what is the difference between these two materials when a new roof is being installed.


Concrete tiles are much more expensive than asphalt shingles per square foot. Because of how heavy concrete is, the roof and some other sections of the home may need to be reinforced. Not all roofers can place concrete tiles and a specialist may be needed. This will drive up how much concrete tiles will cost the homeowners. Asphalt shingles are lighter, cheaper to purchase, and do not require any additional renovations done to the home in order for them to be used properly.


Asphalt shingles are not available in different styles, but they do come in a variety of shades. Concrete tiles are available in any color and any style. Concrete tiles can be designed to resemble different types of roofing materials as well such as slate or clay.


Both asphalt shingles and concrete tiles will need to be cleaned. Concrete is susceptible to moss growing if it is in the shade most of the day. Pressure washing the roof occasionally and cutting back any trees that leave the concrete in the shade will help keep the concrete from developing moss.

Asphalt needs more maintenance during the year. Most types of asphalt are in danger of developing algae if leaves and dirt accumulate on the roof. For asphalt, cleaning the roof after any big storm and sweeping it clean of any debris on a regular basis will prevent any major problems.


Asphalt shingles are fire-resistant, but not fireproof. If your neighbor's house catches fire and some embers happen to land on your roof, there is plenty of time for emergency responders to arrive before the roof catches fire. Concrete is fireproof. If embers blow onto your concrete tiled roof, you do not have to worry that the fire will eventually spread and burn your home down.

Homeowners should always be willing to do research before making a major purchase. Both asphalt shingles and concrete tiles have their pros and cons. The roof is an integral part of the home and it is important to think of weight, cost, durability, and safety before purchasing new material for a roof. Contact a company like Lawson Brothers Construction to get started.