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RESIDENTIAL ROOFING GUIDE

Roofing Material and Pricing Guide for Black Hills Homes

Whether you just bought a new house and the roof is bad or you've lived in your home for a while and the time has come to do something about that roof, there are a few things to know before you begin the process of buying a new roof. 

 

A large part of what type of roofing you'll choose depends on what kind of house you have. A traditional colonial or cottage-style house will most likely have asphalt shingles, whereas a Spanish-style house has clay or concrete tiles. It's also vital to determine your budget for a roof replacement and determine the average cost for any material you are considering. Let's look at some of the most common roofing materials and the average price for each of them.

Roofing Choices

It's generally a good idea for aesthetic purposes to replace what you have with something similar, but there are a variety of roofing choices.

Asphalt Roofing


This type of roofing material is one of the most commonly seen in residential neighborhoods and comes in three different styles.

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3 Tab Shingles

 

This type of shingle is characterized as an asphalt sheet that has three cutouts or tabs all along one edge. Once installed, they look like individual shingles even though there are three on every sheet.

Architectural Shingles

 

These shingles are designed to have a dimensional and contoured look thanks to an additional layer of asphalt laminated to the bottom. Once installed architectural shingles have a unique look that many homeowners prefer.

 

Synthetic Shingles

 

Of the asphalt shingles available, synthetic is the most expensive, but also the most unique. They are designed to mimic the appearance of a much more expensive material like slate at a fraction of the cost.

At $100-$150 per square, this is the least expensive and easiest to install. On average, installation for asphalt roofing can cost between $5,000 - $10,000. That variation, of course, all depends on the roofing contractor you select, the type of asphalt shingle, and the amount of customization involved. 

There are also two different types of shingle you can choose from, standard and laminated. The laminated is thicker and has more texture. It also lasts around 25 years, compared to the 15 years that the standard version lasts. It also costs about half as much more than standard. 

 

 

Composite Roofing

In the category of composite roofing, there can be dozens of different options. Composite roofs are designed to mimic the look of much more expensive materials like cedar shakes or slate tiles at a fraction of the cost. Composite roofing also lasts for decades if properly cared for and most manufacturers provide a 30-year warranty.

 

The cost for a composite shingle roof ranges widely from $7.75 per square foot all the way up to $15.00 per square foot. The price, of course, depends on which style you decide to go with.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Metal Roofing

The beautiful aesthetic of metal roofing is hard to ignore when you see it proudly displayed on a home. Just like with composite shingles, the number of different options for metal as well as how it is installed such as in sheets or tiles will ultimately affect the final price tag. A gorgeous, custom copper roof is obviously going to cost much more than a galvanized steel roof.

 

Even with all the variation, the average cost for a metal roof can be boiled down to between $8.00 - $12.50 per square foot. For a roof on a single-family home, you may be looking at about $15,000 - $25,000 to complete the job. What some homeowners do to cut the costs when installing a metal roof is to use a cheaper metal for the bigger areas, and then accent with more expensive decorative metals in places like the gables and above the windows.

Suppose you are looking for a more specific metal type for your home, some homeowners like copper roofs. However, copper is more expensive at around $1100 per square. These types of roofs last between 20-50 years.

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Wood Roofing

Wood shingles have been used for centuries but must be treated with a fire retardant. Some places don't allow the use of wood shingles due to the risk of fires. Wood shingles cost around $180 per square, and they last an average of 25 years.

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Slate Roofing

Slate roofs are very durable and can last for centuries. At $800 per square, they are also quite expensive. They are also extremely heavy. A slate alternative is also available at $125-$250 per square.

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Concrete and Clay Tile

These are generally the half-cylinder types that you see on Spanish-style houses. They are very durable, but also very heavy. They can last 50 years or more and cost around $200-$300 per square.

 

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, the standard is by 100 square foot sections, called squares. Every 10ft by 10ft section is measured as a square. There are several factors that go into determining the final cost of a roofing project.

  • Material Cost - Each type of material has its own price category per square.

  • Roof Type - How many stories a house has, the slope of the roof, vent pipes, intersecting roofline, turrets, and skylights all add a little extra to the cost.

  • Labor - The cost of hiring someone to do the work and install the roof costs about the same as the labor cost. If you double the cost of the material, that is approximately what you will pay for materials and labor. 

 

Whether you are deciding what roofing material is right for your home based on durability, aesthetics, or budget Weather-Tite Exteriors' experienced team is happy to answer any of your questions. We also offer a free price estimate for anyone considering getting a new roof for their residential or commercial residents. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation. 

Roofing Frequently Asked Questions

  • My Roof Leaks. Do I Need to Have it Replaced?

    • Any leak in your roof needs to be fixed immediately in order to prevent future damage from being caused. However, a leaky roof doesn't always warrant a complete replacement. Some leaks can be minor and fixed with basic patchwork, it really depends on how much damage was caused by the leak. That is why it is so important to get it fixed as fast as you can. In this situation, the best course of action is to have a trusted roofing professional examine your property and give you a thorough inspection. If this is the case, you can always call Weather Tite Exteriors for a free consultation.

  • Can I Do the Work Myself?

    • Roofing projects are something you can do by yourself as a DIY project, but if you choose to go this route, do it with caution. Your roof is vital to the health of your home's structure and internal condition. Any flaw in the construction can lead to significant problems down the line that you will have to hire a professional to fix or redo. This can cost twice as much money as it would have cost if you would have just hired a professional initially. 

  • How Do I Know What Type of Roofing Shingle is Best For My Roof and My Budget?

    • You will want to consider what type of material is best for you. You will want to consider what is more important for your project the aesthetic appeal, the durability, or the cost. From there, you should do your research; you can review the resources we have on this site, such as the asphalt roofing, metal roofing, or composite roofing page. Or you can contact us at any time with any questions you have about any materials you might be considering.

    • Then you will want to consider is the architectural style of your home. If you have more valleys, angles, and hard-to-get spots, the more the project will cost you.