Saturday, September 14, 2013

Our Roofing Decision




This post has been a long time in coming...nearly 3 years, actually.  As I mentioned in my last two posts here and here....we have been dealing with roof issues since we moved into this house.  And they were very unexpected as we had a 5 year old roof on the house with 30 year architectural shingles.  We've spent the last 3 years trying to figure out what to do--research, educate ourselves, determine how we were going to afford this, and there may have been a few tears as well.

Our roof is not small...when you have a sprawling ranch, things like the roof are expensive.  So cost was definitely a consideration.  But at the end of the day, I really felt like we didn't have a choice.  Shingles seemed too risky (and we had 2 roofing companies flat out say they wouldn't put shingles on this house and one no-bid.)  I felt like we would be in the same situation in 10 years with shingles. 

The next set of options--the "membrane group" didn't seem aesthetically appropriate for this house.  Our roof is low-slope but visible, and I thought a membrane would detract from our house (and our neighbors too). 

 The next option was rolled asphalt roofing--I basically felt the same way about this as I felt about the membrane.

The last, and most expensive choice by far is metal roofing.  Standing seam specially designed for low-slope applications.  And that's the choice WE  WENT WITH!!  I couldn't be more thrilled to shell out the big bucks right now.  We'll be dry this winter and have a awesome looking roof to boot!

We picked "Burnished Slate" as our color.  We were between that and a color called "Charcoal", but the "Burnished Slate" matched the stone around our house very nicely.  I felt it was a better color for our home and looked less "tinny". 


Not our house--but this is the color roof that we chose.




 We signed the contract just after labor day and they came to take final measurements this week.  It will take a few weeks to get material so I'm anticipating having this roof put on in October.  I am very excited!