Roofing Costs: Asphalt vs. Metal vs. Wood Shakes

Harsh weather and regular aging can slowly deteriorate your roof. If you’ve noticed missing or curling shingles, damaged flashing or think you might have a leak, it’s time for a roof replacement.

The most common type of roofing material used in Alberta is asphalt. When installed properly, using high-quality materials, your asphalt roof will do a good job of protecting your home. Metal roofing, is the superior choice, as it will likely last longer than you own the home and requires almost zero maintenance. The other type of roofing material commonly used is cedar wood shingles. It’s attractive, durable and energy efficient.

Keep reading to learn some cost estimates for asphalt, metal and wood shingles. Factors that will play into your roof replacement cost will always include the size and slope of the roof, complexity, ventilation, flashing and what the existing roofing is.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt RoofingAsphalt is probably the most cost-effective option for your roof replacement. Though asphalt is less expensive initially, you will have to consider repairs and replacements down the road. Expect your asphalt roof to last up to 15 years.

Depending on the brand of shingles, Home Advisor’s roofing cost estimator states that the average asphalt roofing job costs around $3,700 but if you have a large and more complex roof, could cost up to $10,000. That’s based on the average roofing square (100 square feet) costing about $90, adding costs for demolition, underlayment, labour and other work involved.

While using cheaper shingles could bring down the price, it could also bring down the quality of your roof.

Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is much more expensive than asphalt. The average residential roof installed cost per square foot is about $8.50. So, if you’re house’s roof is 2000 square feet, your roof replacement will cost around $17,000. The bigger the house, the higher the cost. Things that might alter that estimate include the type of metal, any finish or coatings on the roof, panel design, underlayment, complexity of the roof design, labour costs and disposal costs.

While it might seem like a big bill to pay to start, your metal roof will outlast any other kind of roofing material on the market. In fact, it will likely be the last roof you ever buy. Not only are the long-lasting and require minimal maintenance, metal roofs are also energy efficient, adding more to your long-term return on investment.

Wood Shake Roofing

The roof cost estimator states that wood shakes cost between $3.50 to $4.50 per roofing square, which is 100 square feet. Based on a 2000 square foot roof, your cost would be $7,000 to $9,000, plus you must add costs for demolition, underlayment, labour and other work involved. Most wood shakes are made of cedar, which is resistant to rot and a good insulator, but it will fade to grey over time and will require more maintenance than other roofing materials. Your wood shakes might last 15 to 25 years.

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