Replacing Your Roof? Here’s What You Need to Know About Materials and Costs

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Replacing a roof is a substantial investment that requires careful consideration of materials and costs. While a new roof can pay off in a number of ways, from improved energy efficiency to increased home value, it’s still a substantial upfront cost that requires careful decision-making. With a myriad of options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right roofing material for your home. Explore the benefits of different types of commonly used roofing materials, including asphalt shingles, metal roofing, and tile roofing, including the costs and benefits of each option. Additionally, don’t forget to consider the other factors that can impact the overall cost of a roofing project, such as roof size, slope, and installation complexity.

Asphalt Shingles


Asphalt shingles have many qualities that make them a go-to solution for many homeowners.

Asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly chosen roofing materials because they’re both affordable and versatile. They come in many colors and textures, which allows homeowners to choose shingles that work with many different kinds of house designs.

Asphalt shingles are an easy-to-install roofing material, which helps keep labor costs to a minimum. They’re durable, but if damage does occur, replacing lost shingles can also be less expensive than other types of roofing repair, which means that asphalt shingles have lower maintenance and ongoing costs as well.

  • Benefits: Asphalt shingles have lower up-front costs than many other options, provide excellent protection against weather elements, and offer a wide range of style options. They also offer good fire resistance, which is an important safety consideration.
  • Drawbacks: Asphalt shingles are susceptible to wind uplift which can cause them to detach. They don’t last as long as some other roofing materials. Additionally, while they won’t harm your home’s look, they’re so common that homeowners who want a more unique home appearance may not be satisfied with asphalt shingles.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is popular due to its longevity, energy efficiency, and modern aesthetics. It is available in various materials, including aluminum, steel, copper, and zinc.

When you choose a metal roof, you’re choosing a higher-end roofing option, so you can expect to pay more upfront than with a material like asphalt shingles. However, a metal roof system can last for 40-70 years compared to 12-20 for asphalt shingles, so over a long enough period of time, the metal roof could end up being a more cost-efficient choice.

  • Benefits: Metal roofs offer increased longevity. They’re also fire-resistant and can withstand harsh or extreme weather conditions. They’re lightweight and have minimal ongoing maintenance costs. The reflective surface of a metal roof also makes it more energy-efficient than other roofs, which means that it can reduce your ongoing energy costs. Additionally, metal roofs give a home a sleek, modern look.
  • Drawbacks: A metal roof will cost a lot upfront. While they typically need little maintenance, metal roofs can be dented by impacts from heavy items like large hail or fallen branches. They can also be noisy during storms. This can be mitigated with extra layers of insulation or sheathing, but that will add to the cost of the roof.

Tile Roofing

Tile roofing provides a distinctive and timeless appearance, often associated with Mediterranean or Spanish-style architecture. Homeowners who want a more unique or classic look for their home will find that tiles are an appealing option. Tiles are available in materials such as clay, concrete, and slate, offering durability and aesthetic appeal.

Tile roofing is a higher cost than many other types of roofing. The prices vary depending on the type of tile and the design, as well as any additional structure the roof needs to support heavy tiles. Because the tiles are heavy, they’re more difficult to install, as well, which means labor costs can be expected to be higher on tile roofs as well.

  • Benefits: Tile roofs are renowned for their longevity, with a lifespan of 50 years or more. They provide superior fire resistance, excellent insulation, and resistance to rot or insect damage. Tile roofs are also highly durable and require minimal maintenance.
  • Drawbacks: Tiles are heavy and expensive. They require specialty flashing in addition to material, labor, and structural costs. Tiles are also brittle – they can crack from impact damage. Tiles can also get dirty or grow algae, so to keep your home looking neat, you’ll need to make sure that you can clean the roof regularly.

Factors That Affect Roofing Costs

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No matter what kind of roof you install, there will always be additional costs to consider.

Several factors can impact the cost of a roofing project, regardless of the chosen material. It is essential to consider these factors before finalizing your budget:

  • Roof Size and Slope: Larger roofs require more materials and labor, resulting in higher costs. Additionally, steeper roof slopes may increase the complexity of installation, affecting the overall price.
  • Roof Complexity: Roofs with multiple angles, dormers, or chimneys are more intricate to install and may require additional labor, thus driving up the cost.
  • Underlayment and Insulation: The type and quality of underlayment and insulation used can affect the overall cost. Premium materials provide better protection and insulation but come at a higher price.
  • Roofing Accessories: Flashing, ventilation systems, skylights, and other accessories add to the total cost of the project. Their inclusion should be factored into the budget.


When it comes to replacing your roof, understanding the various types of roofing materials and associated costs is crucial for making an informed decision. Asphalt shingles offer affordability and versatility, while metal roofing provides longevity and energy efficiency. Tile roofing offers timeless beauty and durability. Consider the factors that can influence project costs, such as roof size, slope, and complexity. By carefully evaluating these factors and weighing the benefits of each material, you can ensure a successful roofing project that not only enhances your home’s protection but also meets your aesthetic preferences and budgetary constraints. If you’re ready to consider a new roof and want to discuss your options with experienced roofing contractors, Lednor Home Solutions is here to help. Schedule a free estimate

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