Builders in Non-Traditional Tile Markets Are Converting Asphalt Shingle Roofs to MonierLifetile Main Idaho Real Estate Insights
Concrete Roof Tile Offers Greater Aesthetic Appeal and Longer-Term Durability Than Asphalt Shingles. Boise, Idaho is one of the markets where builders are converting from asphalt to concrete roof tile.

The use of concrete roof tile is standard practice in the Sunbelt areas of the U.S., but in most areas of the U.S., asphalt shingles are still the most common roofing material. This trend is changing however as non-traditional roof tile markets are seeing the distinct advantages of concrete roof tile versus asphalt shingles.

Asphalt shingles, with their inherently low life cycle and the negative environmental impacts associated with the disposal of the product, are also a petroleum-based product. Since asphalt is created from crude oil, the cost of asphalt shingles is directly tied to that of oil and consequently, as oil prices rise, so do the price of asphalt shingles. These factors, as well as the superior aesthetics of concrete roof tile, are reasons for the increasing occurrence of asphalt to tile conversion in many markets across the country.
Boise, Idaho is one of the markets where builders are converting from asphalt to concrete roof tile. Shiloh Development in Boise builds 15 to 20 custom and semi-custom homes a year and they have converted most of their work to concrete tile.
Shiloh Development's homes have stucco exteriors so the roof tile matches the homes better than asphalt. Additionally, the longevity of the product is a key point in the sales of the homes and the upgraded aesthetics draws the attention of potential buyers.
"Potential homeowners like the look of the roofs, and the longevity and durability of the product is a great selling point," said Dan Appel, owner of Shiloh Development. "Tile is coming up in this market and I see it as a trend that will continue," he added.
Posted by tlangford at 9/18/2008 11:36:00 PM
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