Roofing materials serve two main purposes, both of which are by virtue of their placement as the topmost layer of the manmade structure. These materials serve as the topmost protective layer against the natural elements including rain, snow and hail, thus, ensuring utmost comfort for the individuals and animals taking shelter inside the building. These materials are also a design statement with their wide variety of styles, colors and configurations such that architects will design the entire roof to actually catch the attention of passersby.
It then comes as little to no surprise that architects, contractors and property owners will give careful thought to the choice of materials for the roof and its related accessories like flashings and gutters. Two of the most important factors in choosing the material for the roof are the cost of the material itself and the cost of its installation and repair.
Let’s take a look at the types of roof materials and their costs. The costs are for a one-story ranch-style house with a 1,700-2,100 square feet gently sloping roof.
Asphalt Shingle Roof
The costs range between $700 and $3,700 depending on the quality of the asphalt shingles, the average costs charged by the contractor, and the types of accessories used on the project. The installation of new shingles as replacement for old shingles on an existing structure, however, is more expensive starting at $1,700.
In case of wood shingles, the costs are higher ranging from $6,800 to as high as $20,000. Keep in mind that wood shingles made from timber like cedar and red oak may appear beautiful but these require higher maintenance costs especially for roofing repairs. Wood shingles are prone to catch fire and to degrade from exposure to the natural elements faster than their recycled rubber or plastic counterparts.
If you want to replace wood shingles with recycled rubber or plastic shingles molded to look like the real thing, then be prepared to pay as much as $19,000 for the same area.
Concrete and Ceramic Tiles
Tiles are more expensive than wood, asphalt and recycled shingles but these materials provide better benefits including durability, strength and beauty as well as high fire, water and weather resistance properties. Costs range from $7,700 to $21,000 for concrete tiles while ceramic tiles cost $17,000 to $60,000.
Many homeowners and property owners prefer metal roofs because of their durability, versatility, and beauty coupled with their light weight, fire resistance, and anti-rot quality. Metal roof can be made to look like shingles, too.
The costs depend on the type of metal roof. For example, a steel roof costs $5,100 to $21,000; an aluminum roof is priced at $12,000 to $24,000; and a copper roof costs $25,000 to $40,000 depending on the quality of the materials.
The costs of roof accessories and possible repairs to the underlying structure must be included in the written estimate. For example, the framing may either be repaired or reinforced, which will add $1,000 to $10,000 to the tab.