What roof tiles to select on a budget

Choosing the right roof tiles for your home isn’t just about what looks best. It’s also about what your budget allows for. Sure, slate roof tiles may be the most appealing, but if you’ll be paying them off for the rest of your life then it’s probably best to stick with something more affordable. The good news is that there are plenty of roof tile options for any kind of budget and that’s what we’re going to go through today.

Asphalt shingles
Asphalt shingle tiles are possibly the most affordable option when it comes to roofing. Their light-weight and availability make them very low cost, saving you a buck when replacing or building your roof. It should be said, however, that when it comes to roofing, you get what you pay for. Asphalt shingles have a lower life expectancy than concrete or clay tiles, lasting up to 30 years with proper maintenance but with an average lifespan of 15 to 20 years. Due to their low density, they absorb the heat of the sun more than other roof tiles, making them less energy efficient. So, while their purchase and installation costs are low, asphalt singles come with a few traits that might cost more than you think in the long run.

Concrete tiles
Concrete tiles are a great middle option, between the cheaper asphalt shingles and more expensive material like slate. They can often be made to look like clay or slate tiles without the same cost. The high density of concrete tiles makes them energy efficient and effective at keeping a consistent temperature in your home. While concrete tiles aren’t as durable as materials like clay or slate, they can last beyond 50 years with proper maintenance, making them a suitable roofing option if your budget allows it.

Clay tiles
Terracotta tiles are at the higher end of the price scale but could still be an affordable option depending on the size of your project. Terracotta is a very durable material, often lasting up to 100 years with proper care and maintenance. This has made terracotta a popular roofing material for many years. While clay tiles can cost a little more than concrete or asphalt tiles, their longevity and density make them worth every cent.

Other options
Metal roofing and wood shingles are both options to consider when selecting your roof on a budget. The cost of metal roofing depends on what kind of metal you use and lasts around 50 years. Wood shingles may suit your home aesthetically, but their lifespan is less than other roofing options, typically lasting around the 20 to 30-year mark.

Roofs are like tyres. You need them. You can’t live without them. So, if you’re selecting roof tiles on a budget, it’s important to choose the right option for you. This can be easier said than done and, if you’re in need of some help, Royce Roofing are just a phone call away. They can help you figure out the cost of your roof based on each of the roofing materials mentioned here. They offer free, no-obligation quotes and are happy to assess your budget.