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Austin Roofing: Article About Clay Tiles Versus Wood Shingles

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Two of the more popular roofing options for homeowners who are looking for something other than traditional asphalt shingles are clay tiles and wood shingles. While both roofing options have their own pros and cons, it's important for homeowners to know the differences between each. Austin roofing experts can correctly install each type, so the difficulty involved with installation shouldn't be a deciding factor when choosing a new roof.

Clay tile roofs have a number of positive features. When it comes to comparing them against wood shingles, tiles have the edge in a few different categories. First, they are more energy efficient than wood because they are designed to allow for maximum ventilation, which prevents roofs from storing a lot of heat during the hot summer. This offsets the higher cost of installing clay tiles in the form of less energy consumption and lower energy bills. Second, clay tiles come in a variety of different colors, which allows homeowners to let their individual personalities shine.

Unlike wood shingles, clay tiles don't have to be stained every few years to retain their resistance to water. They also have a longer lifespan.

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It's common for wood shingles to last around 50 years, which is nearly twice as long as asphalt shingles. However, clay tiles can last upwards of 75 years, which means the homeowner won't be forced to replace the roof very often. The only roofing material that typically outlasts clay tiles is slate, which can last for well over 100 years.

Wood shingles, however, have a few benefits of their own. First, wood shingles give homes a natural beauty that other roofing materials simply cannot match. They also don't weigh as much as clay tiles, and older homes typically require additional structural support to handle the added weight. This is an uncommon problem with wood shingles. However, the biggest benefit of wood shingles might be that they cost less, which means that the upfront investment is much lower.

There are other factors to consider when it comes to the differences between these roofing materials. For example, wood shingles are better at handling impact damage, making it the perfect option for people who live in areas where hail damage is common. Tiles, although strong, are susceptible to impact and foot traffic damage. Unlike wood shingles, simply walking on clay tiles can cause damage. While the replacement costs for both are about the same, replacing wood shingles is slightly cheaper.

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