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Roof replacement primer

What goes into the cost of a new roof? Here's how to evaluate materials and find the right contractor.


Need a New Roof?

How to evaluate materials and find the right contractor.

Learn more about roofing materials

Find options that best match your home’s style.

These roofing materials are all fairly adaptable to a variety of home styles.
Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Synthetic

Clay/Concrete
Mediterranean, Mission, Southwestern or Spanish-style work best with these two roof materials.

Slate
If your home leans toward a Colonial, European or French style, consider this material.

Evaluate key characteristics

Lifespan (years)
Asphalt 20-25
Wood 25-30 years
Clay/Concrete 40-50
Metal 40-75
Synthetic up to 50 years
Slate 50 years (and sometimes 100 years)

Prevalence (high to low)
Asphalt
Wood/Synthetic
Metal
Clay/Concrete; Slate

Ease of installation (easy to hard)
Asphalt/Metal/Wood/Synthetic
Clay/Concrete
Slate

Color range (limited to wide)
Asphalt: Loads of fun options
Synthetic: More limited but still a range
Clay/Concrete: Mostly natural colors of the materials
Slate: Think organic and neutral hues
Metal: Just the basics — green, blue, red, neutrals
Wood: Natural tones you’d expect

Availability (limited to wide)
Slate
Clay/Concrete
Asphalt, Metal, Wood, Synthetic

Insulation (low to high)
Metal
Asphalt/Wood/Synthetic
Clay/Concrete

Expense (low to high)
Asphalt ($70 to $120 a square)
Wood ($100 to $150 a square)
Metal ($100 to $800 a square)
Synthetic ($300 a square)
Clay/Concrete ($300 to $500 a square)
Slate ($600 a square and up)

Review contractor quotes

They should include 3 elements.

Materials: Includes shingles, edging, additional framing and insulation
Size: Figured per roofing square, which equals a 10-foot by 10-foot area
Pitch: The slope; anything above a 7:12 pitch (7 = height, 12 = length) may require additional installation equipment and is probably more expensive

Ask your contractor for additional details (see suggestions in the article) and thoroughly read and understand the agreement before signing. Find more tips for taking care of your home at statefarm.com/simpleinsights.

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