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.|