How Much Do Roofing Materials Cost?

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Most roofs last between 15 and 30 years, but whether you are on the lower or higher end of that range depends on things like what roofing materials it is made of and where you live.

Homeowners in Florida, for example, find that asphalt shingle roofs on their homes typically need to be replaced around 18 years. In Colorado, though, you might find that your roof lasts longer than this since the weather isn’t as extreme.

The best way to determine if it’s time for a new roof is to have a roofing company come out for an inspection. They’ll be able to inspect for any roofing damage and give you an idea of how much life (if any) your roof has left. If it’s time to replace, they’ll be able to give you an estimate for replacement costs.

So how much does a new roof cost? Read on to learn more about how this is determined.

Roofing Material Options

The vast majority of roofs are made of asphalt shingles, but metal and tile roofs are becoming more and more popular.

Asphalt Shingles

These shingles are made of asphalt and ceramic granules. 3-tab shingles are the most popular, as they are the most economical for the homeowner and are the easiest to install. These shingles can hold the weight of snow and are fire and waterproof.

Among the different roof types, these shingles have the shortest life span, at about 20-25 years or less. The average cost for an asphalt single roof is around $8,500.


Metal shingles are the most energy-efficient, which means reduced energy costs for homeowners. They also have a life span of 75 to 100 years, meaning there’s a good chance you won’t have to replace your roof again while you’re living in your home.

This life span comes at a cost, though, as metal roofs are one of the most expensive types of roofs you can install. The average cost of a metal roof is about $12,000, depending on what metal you choose.


Roof tiles come in different materials, such as clay or concrete. These roofs are durable and can withstand the elements. They have a life span of up to 100 years. Like metal roofs, you’ll likely never have to replace the roof again.

On average, a tile roof will cost between $25,000 and $45,000. The price will vary based on the region of the country and the size of your roof. Western Skies Exteriors uses Ludowici clay tiles and Monier Lifetile.

How To Calculate the Cost of Roofing Materials

Now that you know about the different types of roofing materials, it’s important to understand what materials are needed in addition to the roof covering and how the costs are calculated.

Roofing materials needed include:

  • Shingles, tiles, or metal
  • Underlayment
  • Flashing
  • Drip edge
  • Plywood and sheathing
  • Venting

To determine the cost of your roof replacement, roofers calculate something called a roofing square. A roofing square is 10 x 10 feet (or 100 square feet). The cost of your roof replacement will be based on the number of roofing squares that make up your roof area.

Ready for a New Roof?

While a roof isn’t the most exciting home improvement project, it will increase your energy efficiency and can increase the value of your home. It also can really elevate the look of your home.

If you’re ready to start the roof replacement process and learn more about the different roofing materials available in your area, get in touch with us at Western Skies Exteriors. We offer a full range of commercial and residential roof replacement and installation services and can provide free estimates.

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