6 Best Roofing Materials to Install and How Much They Cost

The most expensive roofing materials are genuine slate, clay tile, cedar shingles, metal, premium asphalt shingles and composite roofing.

This guide takes a deeper look at high priced roofing types. Are they worth the money? The information includes costs, top brands, and how long they last before having to be replaced.

Most Expensive Roofing Cost Comparison

Material Installed Cost/Sq. Ft. Cost for 2,500 Sq. Ft. Home
Slate $15 – $30 $37,500 – $75,000
Clay Tile $14 – $25 $35,000 – $62,500
Metal Roofing $10 – $30 $25,000 – $75,000
Asphalt Shingles $8 – $14 $20,000 – $35,000
Cedar Shakes and Shingles $11 – $19 $27,500 – $47,500
Composite Roofing $12 – $18 $30,000 – $45,000

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Mohawk Laminate Flooring: Costs, Pros and Cons, Comparisons

Mohawk laminate flooring is called RevWood, and it is available in four series including waterproof laminate flooring.

Mohawk RevWood laminate flooring reviews are generally good. It gets high marks for decent quality at a fair price while there are some concerns about its durability.

Did you know? There are four lines of RevWood laminate flooring. Many Mohawk RevWood reviews list just three series partly because the Mohawkflooring.com website only lists Plus, Select and Premier.

But the company also manufactures the basic RevWood line that is marketed as builder’s grade. We’ve seen it referred to as RevWood Essentials. It is listed on Mohawk’s contractor-focused MohawkBuild.com site.

What Is Mohawk Laminate Flooring?

Mohawk laminate is flooring manufactured with a wood fiber and polymer core. The core is topped with a photographic layer – a photo of genuine wood plank flooring printed on paper that gives laminate its realistic appearance.

A clear wear layer that is waterproof and scratch resistant is applied last. The edges of all the planks are sealed to make them resistant to water to the extent that Mohawk provides a waterproof warranty on most lines. Details of the Mohawk waterproof guarantee are included down the page.

RevWood pieces lock together with something like a tongue and groove design that Mohawk calls Uniclic. This creates a floating floor – the flooring isn’t glued or fastened to the surface below.

Mohawk includes RevWood in the category of wood flooring because of the wood fiber core. But it does not contain any solid wood like genuine hardwood and engineered hardwood does. Like all laminate flooring, RevWood can be called fake wood or faux wood flooring.

Does Mohawk RevWood flooring have attached pad or underlayment? No. None of the lines offer attached pad. Most installers suggest a thin foam underlayment. And if you’re installing it over concrete, a vapor barrier should be installed too.

How Much Does Mohawk Laminate Flooring Cost?

Mohawk RevWood flooring cost is $2.29 to $4.39 per square foot from most retailers, but you’ll find it for $5.50 or more from some online sellers. Shop around for the best price.

Here are the four lines and their retail costs per square foot.

  1. RevWood: $2.29 to $2.59.
  2. RevWood Select: $2.29 to $2.79.
  3. RevWood Plus: $2.69 to $3.29.
  4. RevWood Premier: $3.49 to $4.39.

If you have a flooring contractor install it, the total cost of the floor is $5.00 to $10.00 per square foot.

Professional installation (warrantied labor) costs between $3.00 and $6.50 per square foot depending on factors like the complexity of the floor plan, volume of flooring being installed, the cost of living in your area and who you hire to do the work.

With professional, warrantied labor, the installed cost of RevWood laminate flooring looks like this:

  • RevWood: $5.25 to $9.25 per square foot.
  • RevWood Select: $5.65 to $9.90 per square foot.
  • RevWood Plus: $5.75 to $10.00 per square foot.
  • RevWood Premier: $6.50 to $10.75 per square foot.

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Flat Roof Replacement Cost: Materials, Installation, Pros & Cons

Choosing the ideal roofing material for a flat roof can be challenging due to limited yet extensive choices. Unlike traditional roofing materials such as asphalt shingles, tiles, and metal, the options for flat roofs include PVC, TPO, EPDM rubber, BUR, and more, each presenting unique advantages and disadvantages.

EPDM rubber membrane on residential flat roof credits: GenTile

Roof Slope Dictates What Materials are Suitable

Why don’t traditional roofing materials work on flat roofs? Although theoretically you could try using shingles or tiles on a flat roof, that would almost certainly result in an immediate roof failure with numerous leaks!

Sloped roofing systems like shingles and concrete or clay tiles are designed to shed away rainwater, relying on overlapping layers that work alongside the roof’s slope to shed rainwater and snow.

Flat roofs, on the other hand, have minimal to zero pitch. If you were to try using traditional water-shedding materials like shingles, the lack of roof slope would allow rainwater to seep beneath the shingles or tiles, rotting the substrate and causing interior leaks.

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Interestingly, most flat roofs aren’t completely flat but have a low slope to divert rainwater away from the roof, ensuring good water drainage and preventing any unwanted water accumulation, which could lead to premature leaks.

Covering a flat roof requires a different set of skills compared to pitched roofs, especially when it comes to ensuring the integrity and longevity of the flat roof membrane seams.

Water, especially standing or pooling water, is the most significant threat to any poorly sealed seams in a roofing membrane. In fact, most flat roof leaks are caused by either poorly sealed membrane seams (on newer roofs) or the old membrane seams coming apart (often due to freeze-and-thaw cycles), allowing water to infiltrate the roof.

The takeaway here is that flat roofs must either be impenetrable to standing water or have a well-functioning drainage system to prevent the accumulation of water (pooling). One can either physically cover an object to make it water-resistant (like a tarp) or apply a barrier coating (like deck stain or lacquer). Similarly, flat roofs can be covered physically with materials like PVC or EPDM rubber membrane or coated with tar or spray-on silicone.

Flat Roof Installation Cost:

Flat roof replacement costs usually range from $7.50 to $14.50 per square foot with one of these systems: EPDM, TPO, or PVC membrane. The cost fluctuates based on the type of roofing material, removal and disposal of the old roof, number of layers, roof deck condition, additional required repairs, desired insulation level, presence of parapet walls and skylights, roof accessibility, and home location.

A typical residential flat roof measures between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet, giving you a total replacement cost range of $7,500 to $21,750.

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