Which Roofing Material Fits Your Budget Best?

Over the past several weeks we at Roofing Guide have been looking at most of the top roofing materials and the cost of installing each of them. This article is designed to give you a review of those articles and let you click back and forth to each so you can compare various products and to help you decide which roofing material fits your budget best. You can save money on any type of roofing if you follow these 7 ways to save on your roof.

What’s the right roofing material for your budget? When building a new home or re-reroofing and existing one, this is a common question. You’ve got a range of options for roofing material, from inexpensive shingles to high-end slate.  While the architecture of your home and the style you’re trying to achieve play a big role, your budget is often the primary factor in choosing one roofing material over the others.

In this roofing materials overview, we summarize your options and provide links to our in-depth articles about each type of roofing. The great news to begin with is that, no matter what your budget is, there are durable and attractive roofing material options for your home. You might start with a ballpark starting price check out How Much Does A New Roof Cost?
Slate Roofing
Slate Roofing offers unique beauty and durability for any homeowner who is willing to pay for this expensive roofing material. The visual affect is stunning. With its strength, a slate roof is often the last roof a home will ever need. Slate is expected to last a minimum of 100 years and provide outstanding protection against rain, wind, snow, sun and other forces of nature. Although more expensive then many other roofing materials Slate is worth the cost to many homeowners .
Wood Shingles and Shakes
Shingles and shakes out of wood  are more affordable than most homeowners expect, and they are also very durable.  The best wood roofing products are made from cedar or redwood with natural water-resistant properties. Wood shakes have a more rustic look; wood shingles are precisely cut and offer a more crafted look. Both give a home a traditional, warm beauty. Wood shingles are not for everyone. They tend to lend them self better to rustic settings in my opinion.
Asphalt Shingles
Still the most common type of roofing material, asphalt shingles come in a wide array of colors with durability ratings of 20-50 years. They are also available in a variety of shapes with standard 3-tab and architectural shingles being the most common. Asphalt shingles are affordable and very easy to install, even on roofs with steep pitches and complex configurations.
Clay Tiles
Traditional clay tiles remain popular in the Southwest, Florida and other warm-weather regions. With new formulations, they are stronger and more durable than ever.  The traditional Mission-style tiles are still very popular but new provide greater selection than ever before. The quality and strength of today’s clay tile products make them an option in locations where they haven’t traditionally been used  before. The improvements in the strength of this roofing material has also affected the price making clay tiles more reasonable for more folks to consider.
Metal Roofing
Metal roofs have come a long way in the last few decades.  New designs and materials make them more attractive than ever, with seam technology that produces leak-proof performance. They are as durable as ever, with metal roofs engineered to last 50-100 years or more. If you prefer a metal roof, you have a wonderful selection of looks and colors from which to choose. Again the original cost outlay for a metal roof is higher it is a lifetime investment with great resale value.

What’s In Your Budget?

Browse the articles about each type of roofing to decide which ones work for your budget.  Once you know your options, you can consider other important factors including the look you want and the roofing materials that are suited to your climate. At the Roofing Tutor, our goal is to help you make a roofing material decision that works for your budget and one you are very happy with in the years to come.

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