It's hard to believe we've been in this house almost a year! Where has that time gone? It seems like we only just moved - there are still piles of boxes in the garage that still need to be unpacked!
When we bought this house, the insurance company told us that we needed to replace the roof by the one year anniversary of closing. In spite of having a calendar in my face on a near-daily basis, I suddenly realized that we needed to get cracking on getting estimates and getting it DONE!
Of course, once the ball started rolling, there were all these OPTIONS to think about. Did we want conventional three-tab asphalt shingles - 15, 20, or 30-year architectural? Or should we consider a metal roof?
I started calling around to various roofing companies. Wound up with a couple of shingle roofers and a metal roof guy. The shingle roof guys showed up without an appointment, measured the house and called in their estimates.
The metal roof guy set up an appointment, then spent two hours with me answering every question I had about metal roofs, installation, durability, speed of service and any other thing I wanted to ask, plus volunteered information himself.
Metal roofs aren't what they used to be...
In fact, these days, some of those metal roofs don't look any different from a shingle roof!
You can fancy them up with metal shingles that look like slate!
But for someone of my budgetary restrictions, those two options were out - but a standing-seam roof was a distinct possibility.
When all was said and done, we went with the metal roof. Yes, it costs more. But the durn thing lasts 100 years. We won't ever have to mess with it. It holds up to winds of 150, hail, and branches without blinking an eye. It will also save us about 25% on our electric bill. So while it's more expensive at the outset, it pays for itself rather quickly - especially in light of where we live. Shingle roofs don't last as long as they supposedly should. The sun and the heat ages them prematurely, so a 20-30 year roof is really only good for about 15-20 years. And since we're not moving until someone dies, we could be here a long, long time (if we're lucky).
So - metal it is. Contracts get signed and money passed around tomorrow!