If your asphalt roof is on its last legs and you're ready to do some exterior remodeling, you may be considering replacing it with a tile roof rather than with a new layer of asphalt shingles. But while tile roofs do have their advantages, they also have a few drawbacks that mean they're not necessarily for everyone. Consider both sides before you make your final decision.

Pros of Tile Roofs

They last longer. Asphalt shingles last about 20 years—maybe up to 50 if you buy the highest-end product and live in a mild climate. A tile roof, however, will often last up to 100 years. This may mean you don't have to replace your roof again unless you move!

They have a unique look. Everyone and their brother has an asphalt roof. If you want your roof to stand out a bit without looking overly strange, tile is a great choice. It has a tidy, crisp appeal but a bit more texture and character than classic black shingles. Plus, tiles come in an array of colors and patterns, making it easy to create an artistic, creative look.

They're resistant to wind and harsh weather. Though there are wind-resistant shingles, they are still somewhat susceptible to damage in high winds simply because of their weight. Tiles are much heavier, so they won't blow off in a wind storm. They're also less likely to be peeled away from the roofing surface by freezing and thawing snow.

Cons of Tile Roofs

They're very heavy. You'll need to have your home's foundation carefully evaluated to ensure it can support such a heavy roof. If your home is older or fragile, tile may not be a safe choice.

You won't be able to make your own repairs. Asphalt shingles are pretty easy to repair as long as you have a hammer and are willing to climb on a roof. But inserting a new tile into a roof is a tedious task that requires more skill and caution. Walking on the tiles less than perfectly can break them, and failing to repair them properly can compromise the entire wooden underlayment of your roof. If you're a dedicated DIY homeowner, a tile roof may not fit with your preferences.

To learn more about tile roofs, contact local remodeling services. They can evaluate your home's structure to tell you whether it can support the weight of a tile roof—and also give you an estimate. Based on that information, you can make a more informed decision.