If you were going to get a new roof, what kind would you get?

@JenInTN (27565)
United States
January 21, 2010 3:26pm CST
So the insurance company settled with me and is going to replace my roof. Now I thought I would want the 3-D looking shingle that they call architectural shingles. They are a bit more expensive than the three tab shingle but they look great. I also got an estimate that give me a great price on the new metal roofing. So if you were going to have a roof put on your house..what kind of roof would it be? Would it depend on the price or something else?
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13 responses
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
21 Jan 10
Hey Jen, i had a meatal roof put on a few years ago & have been very pleased w/it. They are suppose to last forever.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
The guy that give me the great estimate actually said lifetime warranty. What color did you go with? He give me a page of color samples that was unreal. I'm thinking about the clay or the light gray. Do you have maintaince with yours?
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@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
22 Jan 10
HI JEN, I went w/green, i have beige siding on my house, painted my front door green & i think it looks right pretty.I have never had to have anything done to mine. That life time warranty was what i liked. Regular roofing doesn't last very long not anything like it use to.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Oh...I have seen that color scheme before and it is beautiful. Can you hear the rain?
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@ElicBxn (60883)
• United States
22 Jan 10
a metal roof is a bit more to go on, but once its on, it'll last for YEARS - if I were to get a new roof, and I could get a good deal on a metal one, I'd go for it!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I am really leaning towards the metal one too. It actually got estimated to me for less than the shingles I had in mind. I'm thinking that is my best bet too. Thanks for the input.
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@ElicBxn (60883)
• United States
22 Jan 10
@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
21 Jan 10
If it was the house I was going to live in for the rest of my life it would depend on the style then the price. If its a house I don't intend to stay in at all it would for sure depend on the price.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I know what you mean and to be honest, I'm not sure which this house is right now. The metal roofing was actually very reasonable compared to the cost of the shingles I originally had my mind on. The durability is better too. Thanks for responding.
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@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
21 Jan 10
sorry but there is nothing i can sugget regarding this. i am here just to say that you can actually do that in your country? as you know that last september my mothers house was flash flooded up o the roof and some parts of the house were really damaged. first we dont have any insurance for a few people dont trust insurance company here for if there are after six years or more they file bankrupcy. our government is not doing anything in cases like this. just sharing.
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Thanks for sharing. I remember when your family suffered the flood. This country requires us to have insurance on our homes and our cars. We don't have much of a choice in that matter but it also requires the insurance companies to pay a minimum price to us if our insured items are damaged. The government here will issue what they call a disaster area if there is extreme damage to many homes. That kind of reimburses the insurance companies and keeps them from filing bankrupt.
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@savypat (20246)
• United States
21 Jan 10
If I could afford it I would go with a metal roof. I did re roof a couple of years ago and put on a high quality asphalt tile, it's got a 30 year warranty.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
21 Jan 10
I thought the metal roof was out of my reach but the truth is that the estimate I got was cheaper than the architectural shingle. I asked about it and the guy told me that while the proice of shingles had went up due to Katrina..the metal pretty much stayed the same. I may actually go with the metal. He said it was a lifetime warranty. I read somewhere that it was 40 years though.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Jan 10
I would do some research. I would call the companies that do them and talk to them. I would also talk to real estate people and see what they have to say as far as any certain type of shingles that might add to the value, that sort of thing. Check and see what these people say about metal rooves.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
That a good idea. I researched a little on the internet and all the sites say that the metal roof increases your value because of its endurance. I think I'll call someone though. Thanks for responding.
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@celticeagle (118231)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Jan 10
Those folks in Haiti don't even have rooves. I am watching the special. Ugh!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I know..it's a shame.
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@kellyjeanne (1576)
• United States
23 Jan 10
I'm so happy for you! The roof sounds great! Well, for me, because I lived many years in Florida and have lived in California for many years I'm used to the Spanish style roof. That's the kind of roof I would get if I had my own home. The style and color fit into the whole southwest area of the United States. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Thank you. Those are really pretty. I saw them when I went to California. Take care...oh..you get your mattresses yet?
• United States
23 Jan 10
Not yet. Right now I have too many othe expenses to think about. I took Mija to the vet because she's been vomiting a lot lately and it's costing me $300. I told the vet since I'm on Disability would it be alright if I paid about $60 a month and he said that would be fine. That made me so happy. Mija and I have been going there for a number of years. Thanks for asking! Take care, Jen. Purrs, Catwoman=^..^= & Mija
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 10
That's really good you have a vet that will work with you like that. They are hard to find. I hope your cat is better now. Take care.
@pergammano (7755)
• Canada
22 Jan 10
Belated Happy New Year...Jen, I have taken a sabbatical from this place for a while, but back to haunt you all now. If I had my druthers, Jen, I would opt for the "forever" metal roof, and of course, being sure that you had the re-inforced gutters. I just had my roof done two summers ago, and I opted for the 30 yr. duroid, as I could NOT afford the Metal roofing. It is so maintenance free, and will outlive us all, and it is absolutely FIRE proof. Course, all of this depends on your housestyle,too...but Metal roofing has come a long way, and today, doesn't look like metal. Good luck on your choice...and HUGZ!
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@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
22 Jan 10
Happy belated New Year to you too! I have missed you..(hugs) I am thinking of going with the metal too. There are several houses throughout that I have seen with the metal roof but they have chiosen very loud colors..lol...I think I will choose a more neutral color because my house is brick. Like a clay or light stone color. I couldn't believe it was such a reasonable price.It was actually estimated lower than the 3-D looking shingles I had my eyes on. Thanks for the response and take care.
@Tallygirl09 (1385)
• United States
22 Jan 10
I'd want to consider how it would look, how long it would last and yes the price too. I'd love to add Solar Panels to the roof to get off the grid at least somewhat so that would be a major point for us. I think it's important for us to try and preserve our resources and that might be something you could consider if it would fit into the scheme of things. You might want to see if you can find a contractor that can give you different options as far as materials, what would go with the look of the house type, and they could review duration and cost of course too. Tough time of year for them to work on a roof, hopefully they can hold off and do the work when it's abit warmer and safer.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 10
Thanks for the response. I will be getting a few more estimates before making a choice. I have been doing a little research too. It is a tough time of year but I hate to put it off.
• United States
27 Jan 10
Hi ya, wanted to mention that I saw an episode of DIY about bathroom renovations today and they also had a section talking about the government tax credits for home repairs and improvements that will save energy. Said that there are tax credits up to $5000 depending on what type of work is done. Reminded me about your upcoming roof project so you might want to check out the DIY network website since they have a section on there all about it!! Be well!!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Jan 10
Thanks Tallygirl..I am thinking that the lifrtime metal roof is considered to be an "energy saving" improvement. I'll have to check it out though..Thanks again.
@millertime (1398)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I'm going to be building a house in the next year or so and I'm undecided myself. I like the idea of the metal roof. They are supposed to be very durable and last a long time but they are fairly expensive. I would like to talk to some people that have one and see how well they like it. I had my house re-roofed when I lived in Plantation, FL and I got the architectural shingles you are talking about. They do have a different look than a regular shingle but I really liked it. It was a little more expensive but came with a better guarantee so I thought it was worth the extra expense. I guess I would take a few things into consideration, like the architectural design of the house. A metal roof might look out of place on some types of home. Also, if I lived in a subdivision, I would look at the other homes in the neighborhood. If they all have shingles and you do metal, it could actually hurt the resale value of your home. On the other hand, if you live out in the country or on a mountaintop, you can pretty much do whatever your heart desires, so I would primarily look at cost vs. warranty vs. expected life of each type of roof and go from there. Good luck!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
5 Feb 10
I have a very modest brick home and I am thinking the lifetimes metal will look very good on it. Ya know..I thought that the lifetime metal roof would be much more expensive too because of it's durability but to be honest..it was quoted cheaper than the architectural shingles that I was originally looking in to. Labor is cheaper because they don't tear the shingles off and they told me that when Katrina hit Louisiana, the price of shingles kept going up while metal roofing stayed pretty much around the same price. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
9 Feb 10
Wow, the metal was cheaper than architectural shingles? I always thought the metal was more expensive than any shingle roof. When it comes time for me to build my house, I might have to find out what contractor you used! [;-)
@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
27 Jan 10
Combination of price, appearance and safety... I have an open field behind me, so no wood shingles (even if they're legal here which they probably aren't). And we have ceramic tile now, but I don't like how it breaks and drops off in a hail storm, so I wouldn't choose that either if I had to do the whole roof.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
28 Jan 10
I didn't know the ceramic tile roofs would break like that. There has been a bit of hail here this year and I guess I would be in big trouble if I chose one of those. Aren't they very expensive too? Thanks for the response.
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@dawnald (84148)
• Shingle Springs, California
28 Jan 10
It's not like we've lost significant parts of the roof or anything but we have had some large chunks break off. But I'm not sure how expensive they are since it came with the house...
@polachicago (19075)
• United States
25 Jan 10
I would do metal roofing. it is more durable and probably pay over the time. Shingle are just shingle and 3D doesn't make any difference.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
26 Jan 10
Your right. It did come with a good warrenty but not as long as the metal. Thanks for responding.
@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
23 Jan 10
We have a tin roof on our house and I really love it. It doesn’t require as much maintenance as a tile roof and there are never any broken tiles of course. The sound of the pitter patter of the rain is a very soothing sound on a tin roof too and makes one feel all cosy. To top it off I think it looks great. Our house had the tin roof when we bought it and our previous home had tiles; I wasn’t quite sure what to make of the metal roof but after nine years I can say I love it!
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
23 Jan 10
I was wondering if I would be able to hear the rain if I got a metal roof. That would be very relaxing. I have pretty much decided to go with the lifetime metal. Thanks for the response.
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