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Just about any contracted work can be broken into two categories: labor and materials. Many people worry about the cost of labor, and in turn don't think too much about the material cost. As the client, you should know not only the type of roofing material you would like to use, but what the cost differences are, and what to expect when it comes to purchasing the materials. With that said, here are a few of the more common, and less expensive types of roofing material used by Hicksville roofing companies.

Asphalt shingles are by far the least expensive roofing material available. They came into popularity in the early 20th century and while they have gone through upgrades and revisions, are still quite popular. While they will not last as long as most other types of roofing, if they are properly installed, you will get approximately 20 years of life from them. These shingles have very small granules that direct the flow of water, thus preventing leakage into your home. The composition of the granules is important in determining the cost as well. Fiberglass tends to be the cheaper material to use. The cost of these shingles tends to hover around the $1 per square foot mark, making it much more economical to roof an entire home.

Metal roofing is also economical and provides a great deal of protection for homes and businesses. They are easily installed and utilized greatly in areas with high winds and powerful storms.

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Metal roofing was much more expensive in the past because of the types of metal used. Today, the metal used is less expensive, although still more expensive than asphalt. The cost per square foot for metal roofing is approximately $2 per square foot, although this can fluctuate. While more expensive than asphalt, the metal roof will last longer and is easier to install, saving money in labor costs and the extension before a new roof is needed.

While not cheap, wooden roofing shingles are still less expensive than other types of roofing and provide a very pleasing aesthetic look. Cedar is resistant to decay and thus, will last much longer than other types of wooden roofing. It provides an excellent level of protection and adds a great deal of character to the exterior of many homes and other buildings. When compared to the cost of clay tile or slate, wooden roofing material is much less expensive and looks phenomenal.

It is worth mentioning that each of these types of roofing material have different options within the category itself. There's variation on pricing based on different options available and even geographic location. Each type of roofing material comes with it's own set of pros and cons, but understanding the cost differences can give you a much better idea of material costs when getting estimates on an initial installation, partial or complete re-roofing.

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