When the need for a new roof arrives, the only good thing about it is that today there are a number of choices a homeowner can make. Roofs cost a lot of hard earned money. Shingle roofs need to be replaced every 8 to 9 years meaning that thousands of dollars are being spent on the same product over and over again. During half of the shingle’s life they begin to crack, fade and curl affecting the curb appeal of your home. There is no other aspect of a home that requires this kind of upkeep.
Many people look at metal roofs and dismiss the option out of hand because the perceived cost is so high in comparison to asphalt shingle. Examining this opinion logically it soon becomes apparent that the fear is erroneous.
What confuses the situation is that there are many unscrupulous asphalt roof installers who will install roofs at a ridiculously low price while reputable asphalt roofing companies will charge double these quotes or more. The real cost of these scammers comes to the surface when a person wishes to sell their home or when there is an insurance issue related to the roof.
Today nobody in their right mind would buy a house without conducting a proper home inspection. Home inspectors are trained to spot house issues. It is what they are paid to do. Roofing is the single biggest part of the house that they pay attention to in great detail. The reason for this close scrutiny is that the roof is where many serious house issues begin. Insurance companies are very aware of the poor quality shingles being sold today as well as the poor workmanship. They will always do their own inspection before paying out any roof related claim. Shoddy workmanship paid for years ago will now present its full bill.
Reputable asphalt shingle companies will comply with approved insurance company’s standards reflecting in the price they charge. They will replace rotten wood. They will remove extra layers of shingles. They will use proper water and vapour barriers. When they do this it will not extend the life of the shingles but it will ensure roof related insurance claims will be paid.
When an asphalt roof is done to code it will be somewhere between half to two thirds the price of a quality metal roof. This means that a metal roof that never has to be replaced gains ground every eight to ten years and passes the asphalt value by years fourteen to eighteen. Once a metal roof has achieved this position it means that the homeowner will be keeping the thousands of dollars usually destined for a roof replacement in their bank account.
Without taking into account that a metal roof is an actual asset adding value to the home which will be gained at the time of selling, metal roofing is the only smart choice a discerning homeowner can make.
Asphalt roofing is an actual liability because of recurring costs, maintenance issues and insurance industry scrutiny. Quality, and I stress quality metal roofing is an asset adding value while maintaining a constant beautiful curb appeal. What value can be put on peace of mind?