In addition to remodeling your kitchen and finishing your basement, a new roof is one of the more expensive home improvements choices. And there is a direct relationship between quality and expense as far as the materials for your roof go.

When getting a new roof, it rarely makes sense to settle for the bargain materials based only on price. Spending a little more money for your roof may make the difference between having to replace your roof again several years down the road and having a roof that lasts as long as you own your home. A cheap roof is no bargain if you have to replace it again in 12 years.

Rocky Mountain Roofers and Gutters, your Fort Collins roofer, offers the types of roof materials.


A slate roof will give your house a very elegant look. They are a popular choice on luxury homes.

But this type of roof is also rather expensive and additional framing is sometimes needed due to the weight. Prices for slate roofs start at $600 per square foot. The good news is that if properly maintained, you can expect your roof to last a century. Which means you won’t ever have to replace it in your lifetime.

Concrete and Clay Tiles

Concrete and clay tiles are more common in homes in the Southwest, but they will work on home around here that have a Mission or Spanish-style. This roof material is well-suited for almost any climate because they are so durable.

Unfortunately, clay or concrete roofs are also rather pricey, with costs starting at $350 per square foot. But when properly maintained, clay or concrete roofs can be expected to last 40 years or more.


Metal roofs cost more than any other roofing option. With prices up to $800 per square foot, it is out of reach for many homeowners. However, if you do decide to go with a metal roof, you can expect it to last about 75 years.

Wood Shingles

Wood shakes and wood shingles have been used on roofs for well over a century. There are many homeowners who love the natural look. But these types of roofs pose a fire danger in fire-prone areas. They are also easily damaged by excessive water.

Wood shingles and wood shakes also require a lot of maintenance. They cost about $100 per square foot and can be expected to last for around 25 years.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material used in the United States. These shingles are lightweight and easy to install. They are also the least expensive shingles on the market. Asphalt shingles come in many colors and will work well with any home style.

The only downside to asphalt shingles is their lifespan. You can expect your shingled roof to last about 20 years when properly maintained. This is also the least expensive choice of roofing materials.

If you want an expert opinion on the best roofing material for your home, give Rocky Mountain Roofers and Gutters a call. We will be more than happy to answer your questions.