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What is the cheapest way to roof a house?

Jan 15


Because of their low upfront costs, asphalt shingles are the most widely used roofing material. There are still other factors to consider such as the cost of the materials over time and the frequency with which you need to replace them. Take a look at the pros and cons of each roofing material, and then think about an alternative that could extend the lifespan of asphalt shingles.

Asphalt Roofs

Because of their low upfront costs, asphalt shingles are the most popular. Wood shingles design must be ventilated to ensure their durability. Remember to consider the hail rating for any shingles that you are considering. Shingles come in a variety of qualities and the hail rating can help you to determine durability and impact resistance. You can find the hail rating on different brands of Shingles.


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Three types of asphalt shingles

  • 3-tab shingles are flat and can be used on a roof with three tabs per section. If installed correctly on a well-ventilated roof, they are the most affordable asphalt shingles. They can last between 15 and 25 years.


  • Dimensional Shingles can mimic the look of wood shingles, or create a pleasing random pattern. They are about 15% cheaper than 3-tab shingles. They can last for up to 30 years if properly ventilated.


  • Luxury Shingles are larger than dimensional shingles, and they cost twice as much. They look like slate shingles.


  • The lowest upfront costs
  • Durable
  • Can be recycled/made from recycled materials


  • They require more maintenance than other materials
  • Material that needs to be replaced more frequently than other materials
  • They are susceptible to moss, cracking, and curling, as well as water, getting under and freezing
  • It can be hard to find recyclers, so they end up in the dump.

Wood Shingles & Shakes


Wood shingles and shakes are more durable than asphalt shingles (30-50 years), offer better insulation, and have a classic appearance.


  • It is fire-resistant and can be treated using a fire retardant
  • 100% natural, a sustainable resource
  • Energy-efficient, a natural insulator


  • Asphalt shingles are not as durable
  • Cracking is possible, so be aware of the hail rating
  • Fireproof but not


Metal roofs

In winter, the black roof is made from sheet metal. Frost on the roof

Metal roofing is a traditional American roofing material that looks elegant. Metal roofs can be expensive. Metal roofs can last longer than asphalt, but are slightly more expensive than asphalt. They can be twice as expensive on the high end. Galvanized metal and aluminum are the most affordable metal roofing options. Copper and zinc are the most costly.


  • They are highly sustainable as they can be recycled easily.
  • Lasting (50 years and more)
  • If installed correctly, they are low-maintenance
  • Reflects heat instead of absorbing it, which keeps the house cooler than asphalt shingles


  • High upfront costs
  • Can be loud during heavy rains or hailstorms
  • Expert installation is required, not a DIY job


Slate is a natural roofing material that is durable and one of the oldest. It is also one of the most expensive. A slate roof is more durable than most, lasting 75-150 years.


  • A naturally occurring material that is durable and long-lasting
  • It is dense and has an excellent energy efficiency
  • Fireproof
  • It holds up well in adverse weather


  • The high upfront costs can mean that it may take years to recoup the investment.
  • You can crack under your weight so be careful if you have to climb on top.
  • They could outlast the lifetime of the house.