05:49AM | 08/17/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
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We need to remove and replace 3 layers of shingles on our 60ish year old 2 story house in the northeast. We would like to replace it with a metal roof. Any pros or cons?


09:19AM | 08/17/03
Member Since: 07/24/03
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Thanks a bunch. That is just the kind of info I was after. You have given us some things to think about. Thanks again!


07:04PM | 08/17/03
Member Since: 01/28/03
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Your biggest expense in your particular case is going to be the removal of the original three layers of composite shingles.

Most northeast codes allow only 3 roof layers adding a 4th metal roof layer is probably not an option.

That said, a metal roof is much much more expensive than composite shingles.

After removal, you could expect to pay perhaps $150 per square to install new composite shingles (depending upon slope and complexity) and at least $500 per square or more for a new metal roof....


04:25AM | 08/19/03
Member Since: 01/21/03
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It is true that metal roofing can be 2-4x that of composition shingles. But cost is not the only issue. We tell people that to get the best value for their money, first find an excellent roofer. Then, after discussing your needs (and budget), let them recommend the best product for you. Since at least 80% of the quality of the roof comes from installation, having the right installer is probably the most important consideration.

K2's experience with snow avalance off metal roof is unfortunately common. Here too, an good roofer experienced in metal installation would have priced in, and installed the appropriate snow fall protection. However, too many salesmen focus on the sale of their product, and ignore the other aspects of the roof system that should really be looked at (insulation, ventilation, snow fall location, etc.).

As well, "expensive" is relative. A "cheap" installation can be much more expensive than an "expensive" installation if the workmanship is not there.

Oh, and when you find a good roofer - don't nickle and dime them, they are worth more to you than anything you can pay them.

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