If you have researched the cost of having a new roof installed, you’ve probably learned that Asphalt Shingles are the most affordable roofing product. For example, Architectural Asphalt Shingles are less than half the cost of Standing Seam Metal Roofing, Inter-locking Metal Roofing and Cedar Roofing Shingles. Asphalt Shingles are 1/3 the cost of Slate Roofing Shingles. If you put this into dollar amounts, you can assume that the installation of Architectural Asphalt Shingles installation will range from $4-$7 per square foot, while Standing Seam Metal Roofing, Inter-locking Metal Roofing and Cedar Roofing Shingles installations range from $8-$13 per square foot, and the installation of Slate Roofing Shingles range from $10-$20 per foot.
The more complex your roofing project is, the more costly your project will end up. The asphalt roofing prices mentioned above are the lowest prices you will find for a new roof. The cost will increase based on the complexity of your roof, that is, the number of cuts, angles and planes of your roof. The cost of your roofing project will also increase based on the incorporation of expensive products such as metal or slate.
Granted, in searching for the best roofing material, some experts same that slate is supreme because of its durability. Chosen for its resistance to corrosion and fire, experts have found that slate roofs need minimal repairs. Slate may be durable, but it is not very affordable, costing anywhere between $10 and $20 per foot in contrast with asphalt roofing ranging between $4 and $7 per square foot. There are so many other factors that may affect the cost of your roofing project. The only way to know for sure is to get a roofing estimate. You may also find our free roofing guide helpful.