AKA: A very expensive house hat. Over the past few weeks, Jeff and I have been preparing to pull the trigger on a new roof. When we bought the house, we knew (from our home inspection) that the roof needed to be replaced. But, we were honestly hoping to get another winter out of it (especially after having to replace the furnace earlier this year). Unfortunately, the renovation gods have other plans. After some heavy storms this spring, we started leaking on the south side of the house.
Queue the wah-wha music. Thankfully, this isn’t the side of the house where ceilings have already been replaced. That said, we can’t ignore the roof any longer. So the last two weeks have been spent collecting quotes from roofers, but it’s not an easy decision to make. Our big question: do we opt for asphalt or splurge on metal?
Photo: London Eco Roofing
Metal roofs are really popular here in KW, particularly on heritage homes. We love the look and that they are guaranteed to last 50+ years, but have to consider the budget. The quotes that we have been getting put a metal roof at least 2K over the price of a traditional asphalt shingle, but… because they last so long, have a better lifetime value.
Photo: Superior Steel Roofing
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it on the blog before or not, but Jeff is heading back to school this fall… full-time. He’s planning to keep up work too, but we’re sensitive to the fact that a double load may be too much to carry. All in, we have some salary uncertainty that’s weighing on the situation.
Photo: Hy-Grade Steel Roofing
The other factor is, of course, time. How long are we going to be in this house? If it were our forever home, I don’t think it would be a question – we’d opt for the metal roof. But, if we only stay in the house for 7-10 years, is it worth the extra money now? If an asphalt roof only lasts 10-15 years, what if we get stuck having to replace the roof again before we sell? You see our dilemma.
We are, however, doing our due diligence. We’ve met with 6 roofing companies, and are confident that, in the end, we’ll make the right choice.
Have you gone through the re-roofing process? Was metal roofing ever an option you considered?