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Composition Shingle Roof or Tile Roof Maintenance: Which Is Easier for Orange County Homeowners

Updated: Dec 9, 2022

If you are planning to install or replace a roof on your home, whether it is in Huntington Beach, Irvine, Mission Viejo, San Clemente, or Yorba Linda, knowing the pros and cons of your options is essential. Both tiles and shingles have their benefits and disadvantages. Considering cost alone may not be the best deciding factor between these choices. For instance, though tiles cost much more than shingles and are more challenging to replace than shingles, tiles last longer and provide better climate protection. On the other hand, shingles cost less than tiles, and are versatile, easier to replace, and have varieties that can offset many advantages tiles offer, such as weather protection. This article will discuss the pros and cons of these roofing materials, especially when it comes to maintenance, to help you decide which roofing option is best for your Orange County home.

Composition Single Roofing:

Single Roofing

Today, roofing shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in North America. Roofing shingles are also widely available nationwide. They can be made from a variety of different materials, such as plastic, shake, slate, fiberglass, composite wood, natural wood, and even copper. Today's most widely available roofing shingle material is asphalt, a mixture of fiberglass and asphalt. Composition shingles or Asphalt shingles are popular today because of their affordability, availability, excellent water protection, and ease of installation.

Many homeowners prefer the look of shingles on their roofs, mainly because shingles are available in different colors, textures, styles, and shapes, which can match most modern home designs. Shingles are typically light, thin, small, and rectangular and are designed to overlap each other when installed on the roof to ensure adequate protection for your home. Most roof shingle materials have excellent fire resistance, reflect sunlight, and are easy to maintain.

Roofing Tiles:

Roofing Tiles

Roofing tiles, like iron corrugated roofs, are more popular outside North America than shingles. Roofing tiles provide your home with a stylish and attractive look. Homes with roofing styles have an exceptional appearance that reflects design elements borrowed from Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish, and mission architecture which are popular in the Southwestern United States.

Roofing tiles are available in different styles and colors, which can match your home's design. The materials used for roofing tiles are earth-based, which can be clay, terracotta, concrete, ceramic, or state. Tiles are placed in rows that overlap to ensure water won't run between tiles and direct the water to the ground or gutter. Their weight and strength can protect your home much longer than roofing shingles. Though more expensive than shingles, roofing tiles are more readily available to Orange County residents than in other areas of the United States.

Roof Shingles vs. Roof Tiles: What Are the Differences?

Roof Shingles

What sets both roofing types apart is the materials used to make them. The material differences are substantial in providing the difference between the two roofing choices. These differences define their appearance, weight, durability, cost, and ease of maintenance.

Material Differences:

Appearance is typically the deciding factor between choices. Both shingles and tiles can look great on homes. However, personal preferences play a more significant part in determining which roofing looks better.

Shingles provide more options for customization and are versatile enough to match most home designs because they are available in different materials, textures, styles, and colors. Homeowners and architects can match shingle color and texture options that blend well with their home's color, style, and trims.

Tiles, on the other hand, provide a unique and luxurious look to your home. If you have a mission-style or Spanish-style home design, tiles are the best choice to maintain the theme throughout the exterior of your home. Unlike shingles, which can't typically be painted over, you can have your tile roofing painted to match the shades, colors, and design cues of your home. Tiles are also available in various sizes and styles that accentuate the unique quality of your home.


Because of their material, roofing tiles are much heavier per square foot than any shingle choice. Though most homes are designed to take on the weight of tile roofing, you will need to consider that the structure of your home may have fragile elements that may not safely support the weight of tile roofing in specific segments.

Shingles are typically lightweight and can be supported by the structural elements of any home. Suppose you live in areas that receive heavy rainfall. In that case, you may place a double layer of shingles to ensure better water protection without compromising your home's structural ability to support your roof.

Climate and Weather Resistance:

Roofing materials are designed to protect your home from any climatic or weather conditions. The materials used for tile roofing make it tougher and better able to withstand a broader range of climatic conditions than shingles. However, stone or concrete makes tile materials more brittle in hotter regions. On the other hand, asphalt shingles are better suited for warmer areas because of their resistance to bleaching and becoming brittle due to high temperatures and direct sunlight.