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Roofing Material Types, Plus Costs, and Pros & Cons

Materials — Yes, They Matter… A Lot!

Normally when people talk about a roofing project, they are thinking about replacing the surface. As traditional composition shingles are the most popular surface material, the consideration is routinely when will the next layer be added, or is it time to strip them off and add a fresh layer.

In this guide, we’ll go through all the popular options for outer layer (or surface) materials. Our aim for each option is to convey the cost, life span, types of roofs (or slopes) it is suitable for and any other notes to consider. In most cases, costs are for applying the material to a 2,000 sq. ft. home, though surface area will vary a bit even with that set number. We present the following list in order of most durable to least.

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