There are a number of things to consider when selecting a new roof system. Of course, cost and durability head the list, but aesthetics and architectural style are important, too. The right roof system for your home or building is one that balances these five considerations. There are many kinds of roofing that you can choose from. A little information first: a "square" in roofing terminology is a 10-foot by 10-foot section of roof. Roofers determine this by calculation, and always add a certain percentage for cutting and replacement. The type you pick is based on your personal tastes, house style, and climate. The following roofing products commonly are used for steep-slope structures.
Advantages: Most common and least expensive.
Disadvantages: Vulnerable to wind and ice damage.
Est. price: $55 per square.
Advantages: Resistant to insects, mold, decay and fire.
Disadvantages: Expensive and heavy. Should not be walked on.
Est. price: $150 - $400 per square.
Advantages: Nearly indestructible – can last up to 100 years.
Disadvantages: Heavy, expensive, and needs skilled stonemason.
Est. price: $1,000 per square.
Advantages: Resistant to rot and decay.
Disadvantages: Can catch on fire easily.
Est. price: $70 - 100 per square.
Advantages: A properly installed metal roof may last a very long time (50+ years), with little maintenance costs and may help to reduce energy bills.
Est. price: $750 to $1500 per square (10' x 10" area) installed. Prices will vary based on the simplicity or complexity of the roof.
Advantages: Becoming popular. Aesthetically pleasing and in the long run cheaper.
Disadvantages: Needs to be installed by a knowledgeable person. Requires maintenance.
Est. price: $800 - $2,000 per square.