Roofing Materials: It’s Worthwhile to Consider Your Options

If it’s time to replace the roof on your home, you might be wondering what options are out there. Roofs are a considerable investment into a home and are usually only replaced, on the shorter time-frame, every decade and on the longer time-frame, every century. That’s why many times it’s worthwhile to consider your options. Here are five choices of roofing materials that you can consider.

Asphalt Shingles

Easily one of the most popular roofing materials, asphalt shingles are often used on sloped roofs. The benefit of this material is that the material is easy to install and relatively cheap compared to some other materials. As would be expected, the quality of the particular asphalt shingles plays a role in the per foot cost of the material. The thicker the asphalt, the more expensive you can expect it to run, but the upside to this is that the roof will also last longer. In general, the average cost per 100 square feet for materials is about $125 to $150.

The pitch of the roof and number of angles will also play a role in installation costs. The steeper the pitch is and the more angles, the more expensive it will be. Installation rates can vary depending on location, but the cost of the installation is often broken into the cost of tearing off and the cost of the actual installation. In general, a tear-off job can cost anywhere from $40 to $80 per 100 square feet and the actual installation will cost about $125 to $400 per 100 square feet. However, depending on the roof and the owner, some people choose to save money by either tearing off or installing the roof themselves.

Metal

An increasingly popular choice is metal roofs. They add a cool industrial look and, depending on the quality of the materials, they can outlast asphalt shingles by years. Unfortunately, they require more skill and knowledge to install. Generally speaking, a contractor who is trained in metal roof installation will be needed to carry out the installation effectively. The price of a metal roofing material runs about $50 to $85 per 100 square feet and the total cost of the project can vary by region and, as with asphalt shingles, the specific roof will play a role in how much the project will cost. The overall price per square foot can vary between $3 per square foot to $15 per square foot.

Solar Roofing

Solar roofs are another option that has gained momentum because of the potential long-term savings in energy costs and the eco-friendly advantages. Unfortunately, this is one of the most expensive options and will often cost as much as $30,000 before government incentives. Also, most homeowners will need trained professionals to properly install this type of roof.

Slate Roofs

Slate tiles can be beautiful and last over 100 years if they are installed properly. The key, though, is the installation. If they installed improperly, they will not protect your home from water damage. The downside is that they are also expensive and fragile. A slate roof will cost about $800 to $1000 per 100 square feet. Also, they can be torn off by high winds and they cannot be walked on the same way that asphalt shingles can. So, if you need work done on you home that will require the contractor to access the roof, this will be another obstacle.

Wood Shingles

Shingles made from wood types such as cedar are an aesthetically nice touch to many houses, especially some styles of older homes that the owner is interested in restoring. They can last for up to 30 years as well. The average cost to install wood shingles is about $4-$7 per square foot and varies depending on the exact material chosen, the region in which you live, and the exact structure to be roofed. In general, though, this option is comparable to asphalt.

When choosing your next type of roofing material, contact a contractor for an exact estimate, as prices may vary, but feel free to explore your many roofing options.

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