A good, working roof is a vital component of any building. But not everyone has the same budget when it comes to getting a new roof installed. The good news is, there are several options for your roof replacement, and some are certainly cheaper than others.

In this post, we’ll discuss the cheapest types of roof and how the costs compare in the long run.

Cheapest type of roof

Broadly speaking, the cheapest type of roof is a flat one. With a small slope rather than a real pitch, flat roofs cover the same area with far less materials. They’re also much quicker to construct or relay, reducing the total time and labour costs for the job at hand.

Their fundamental design difference also means they can be covered using cheaper materials. Even the best flat roof coverings don’t generally amount to the cost of tiles or slates in terms of cost per square metre.

Cheapest roof materials

If you’re building an extension or replacing an existing flat roof, then the above information is probably what you’re looking for. But if your roof is already pitched and you’re looking to replace it, a flat roof is probably not the answer.

In this instance, the question is: which materials are cheapest for a pitched roof replacement? In most cases, the answer is concrete roof tiles. Concrete tiles are more affordable than their clay or slate counterparts, while still offering reasonable longevity and protection from the weather.

What about the long-term cost?

When it comes to roof types and materials, you’re not just paying for a sought-after look. The cost of a roof is generally relative to how long it will last. Pitched roofs have a far superior lifespan compared to their flat counterparts, while clay tiles and slate roofs last longer than those with concrete tiles.

In other words, these roof types are more expensive because they last longer. With more years out of your initial investment, it could actually work out more cost-effective in the long run to pay a little more for your roof.

That said, if you’re looking for the cheapest option, then flat roofs and concrete tiled pitched roofs are the answer. These cheaper roofs are still the best fit for anyone who needs a roof replacement but doesn’t have as much money up front. After all, it will allow you to sidestep the cost of repeatedly repairing a broken roof and fixing the damage from leaks.

Making your new roof affordable

At DPR Roofing, we understand that roofing problems can sometimes occur out of the blue. Not everyone has money set aside, even for the cheapest of roofs. That’s why we offer roof financing for domestic and commercial customers throughout Wakefield.

Whether you want to spread the cost of a longer-lasting roof or just make a cheaper roof more affordable, we’ll find a solution that’s tailored to your requirements. Contact us today on 01924 255 677 to find out more about new roof financing or arrange a quote.