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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Metal Roof Cost Per Sq.Ft. in 2023: Metal Roof vs. Shingles Cost

Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular with many savvy homeowners and it’s not hard to see why; compared to the more traditional approaches like asphalt shingles and cedar shingles and shakes, metal offers many important advantages including a significantly longer lifespan, low maintenance, excellent durability, and superior energy efficiency.


On average, you can expect to pay between $10.50 to $20.50 per square foot to install a metal roofing system on a typical residential house. For example, an average-sized single-story house with a fairly simple roof shape measuring about 2,000 sq. ft. or 20 squares could cost anywhere from $21,000 to $41,000 for the installation of a high-end metal roofing system such as stamped metal shingles or tiles, or standing seam.

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GAF Roofing Shingles: Timberline Shingles Costs, Pros & Cons

GAF shingles are among the most popular asphalt roofing shingle brands in North America. While not necessarily considered the very best shingle brand, GAF shingles get good ratings from roofers and homeowners, and are considered a good value for the money at between $4.00 and $7.50 per square foot installed, depending on the shingle and accessory choices.

GAF Timberline Fox Hollow Gray shingles

The GAF Timberline shingles are the best-known of the brand’s products. The company makes complete asphalt roofing systems from underlayment to hip and ridge cap shingles.

This comprehensive GAF shingles guide includes a digest-style overview of available products, pros and cons, costs for shingles and accessories, and additional details to help you make an informed buying decision, as well as compare GAF to Owens Corning, CertainTeed, Atlas, and Malarkey roofing shingles.

This review starts with the GAF Timberline shingles and then moves to 3-tab shingles and premium Designer shingles.

GAF Timberline Shingles

GAF claims that its Timberline shingles are the “North America’s #1 selling shingle.”

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