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When considering what type of roof to put on your home, the first thing that may come to mind is: how expensive is each option? While it's common to approach it this way, the architectural style of your home as well as your climate should be deciding factors as well. Your Rockland County roofing professionals can advise you on which roof is best for your locale and how much each option costs in general.

It's no surprise that asphalt shingle roofs are the most popular. There's a reason 80 percent of American homes feature these types of shingles. Not only are they the most affordable type, they also get the job done pretty well, and they are relatively easy to install. Available in an assortment of colors, shapes and sizes, this versatile material is a go-to choice for many homeowners all over the country. The downside to asphalt shingles is that they aren't as durable or long-lasting as other types, and they tend to succumb to wind and ice damage more readily than material such as metal. Be prepared to spend about $55 per square to get this type installed.

The next most affordable shingle type is wood. Typically cultivated from western red cedar, this type of roof covering resists rot. It also comes in two styles: shake and shingle. This type of roof costs between $70 and $100 per square for installation.

Clay roofs cost much more than asphalt and wood roofs for a good reason.

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Clay naturally guards against rot, decay, insects and mold, plus it is fire resistant. Popular with Spanish, Italian or southwestern architectures, clay has another disadvantages in that it is cumbersome and heavy, making for difficult installation. You will shell out between $150 and $400 per square for this type of roof.

Slate has many advantages, mainly its long-lasting and extremely durable qualities. These types of roofs can last up to a century if well maintained. Slate resists fire, decay, mold and insects just like clay does. It's also heavy just like clay. However, it comes with a higher price tag -- $1,000 per square to be exact. It's expensive and difficult when it comes to installation, so a qualified roofer or stone mason will have to handle this job.

Metal roofs are perhaps the longest lasting, with a life span of up to 60 years. Steel roofs can withstand high winds and the wrath of Mother Nature in terms of snow, rain, sleet and more. It's easy to install and maintain, plus it's resistant to fire, mildew, rot and insects. However, it's expensive, costing up to $6 per square foot. You'll often see metal roofing in New England and other regions that get plenty of snow.

Know your budget when you start looking at roofing materials, but don't discount your climate or house style either.

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