Choosing a New Roof Material

Like seemingly everything else in the house, the roof of the home will eventually wear out and there will come the time where the homeowner will need to replace the roof of their home with a new one.  If for you that time is now, then it is also a good time to consider what type of roof to replace your old roof with.

There are multiple types and styles of roofing material available.  Each have their own advantages and disadvantages, and each form or type of roofing material may be right for various individuals depending on their home’s location and needs. shingles

In order to know which roofing materials are best for your new roof, consider each material for what they have to offer and what they lack before making a choice on what roofing material you will use to replace the old roofing material.  There are many different choices in roofing materials, but a few of the most common are listed below along with their lifespan and cost per square.

  • Asphalt (the laminated kind)—lifespan: 20-30 years—costs per square (10′ x 10′): $125-$200
  • Asphalt (3tab)—lifespan: 15-20 years—costs per square: $75-$125
  • Metal coated steel—lifespan: 30-50 years—costs per square: $250-$450
  • Plastic Polymer—lifespan: 50 years—costs per square: $400-$650
  • Clay Tile—lifespan: 50 years—costs per square: $800-$1,000
  • Concrete Tile— lifespan: 50 years — costs per square: $300-$500
  • Slate Shingles— lifespan: 100 years — costs per square: $1,100-$2,000

Consulting with a general contractor may also be wise as a person decides what form of roofing material to replace their existing roof with.