Which Type of Roofing Should I Use?

Which Type of Roofing Should I Use?


Most roofs have asphalt shingles.  However, the popularity of asphalt shingles should not tell you which roofing to use.  Before you decides on a type of shingles, research cost, longevity, and looks.  Your roof makes a statement about you.  If you want to replace your roof, then you should look at different types of roofing. Do not decide to use asphalt shingles simply because they are the most popular type.  Here are five common types of roofing and shingles arranged according to cost.  Let’s compare pricing based on an “average size” house with a 1,600 square foot roof.

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Asphalt Shingles:

Asphalt shingles are what most people think of when they think of roofs.  They are easy to work with and easily available.  Unfortunately, oil is a main ingredient in asphalt shingles .  A roof made of asphalt shingles likely contains a few hundred gallons of oil.  This oil makes disposing asphalt shingles more difficult than some other roofing, and asphalt can leak contaminants into runoff that will spill into your yard.  All in all, asphalt shingles are easy to work with and still popular.  Recently, shingle manufacturers have made efforts to lessen the environmental detriment of asphalt shingles.  Installing a roof on our “average size” house would cost between $$5,600 and $9,600.


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Steel roofing can last as long as 60 years.  Although copper is significantly more expensive than other types of roofing, and metal prices vary per the metal used, steel roofing can cost between $8,000 and $11,200.  Steel is the most common type of metal roofing, and it is ideal as a long term investment.  It has significant environmental benefits and requires the least maintenance of all the roofs.


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Wood Shake:

Wood shake roofing is high maintenance.  It is pretty, but it attracts insects, and it deteriorates quickly.  This choice of roofing is best for someone who enjoys maintaining their home and likes a rustic look.  Installing a wood shake roof costs between $9,600 and $15,000. However, this cost does not include maintenance, and maintenance is a significant part of wooden roofing.



Clay Tile:

Clay tile roofing is another greener option.  Like metal roofing, clay tile creates a barrier and insulation from heat.  It requires minimal maintenance, and replacing broken tiles is usually easy.  Clay, being one of the premium roofing materials, cost significantly more than asphalt and metal options.  Expect to spend between $11,200 and $16,000.


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Slate roofing is long lasting.  It, too, often requires minimal maintenance.  However, it is the most expensive option of these five materials.  Slate roofing typically costs between $35,000 and $40,000.  Slate roofs are known for their distinct look and beautiful curb appeal.

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