200 year-old house on 25 rocky acres in high country upstate NY and SO many highbush blueberries!
Monday, September 6, 2010
Metal or Shingle? Shingle or Metal?
I realized about two months ago that I'll have to have the roof on the house replaced this year instead of next year as I had hoped. (Pretty much right after I spent my entire tax return on a barn/shed for the goats I don't have anymore.) My plan was to have this 50-year-old standing seam metal roof replaced with another standing seam metal roof. Of this I was absolutely certain. It didn't matter that a metal roof costs at least twice as much as a shingle roof, or more. I thought the house deserved a metal roof and I didn't ever want to worry about replacing the roof again as long as I live.
A few people called me an idiot but I ignored them. I can be stubborn that way.
But now I wonder. There's not much in this house that's original or architecturally relevant, why should I be a stickler about the roof? It would be really helpful to not spend so much money on the roof, money I don't have. The cost isn't just for the roof - as with most things on this house, the under part isn't good either, so I'll have to get that done, too.
So, what do you think? Should I stick with my original plan and go with a metal roof, or should I be financially smarter and go with a shingle roof instead? What have I not thought of?
PS. The black truck in the lower left of the picture is full of wood. After I took Percy back, I started moving wood down from the hill into the woodshed. It's going slowly, but you'll have that with only one person doing the work. I just brought down the third truckload of wood, and almost a cord of it is stacked in the shed. I want to have 3 cords of seasoned wood in the shed by the time it gets cold and I won't know how much I've got until I stack it. I suspect I'll have to buy one more cord, but we'll see.