We thought it would be interesting for you to read the thought process a client went through when they were considering the choice between a metal roof and regular shingle roof.
Anytime a homeowner is deciding to spend a considerable sum of money to either improve or fix a part of their home it’s a stressful situation. They try to weight the pros and cons. Sometimes they make lists. Other times its 15 phone calls or emails to their contractor.
The Roof Needed Replacing
In this case, we had a client who needed to replace their shingle roof. It was 20 years old and in their words “it really should have been taken care of 5 maybe 10 years ago”. The roof had been patched in places, had some moss issues in others and had a leak that would show itself whenever a storm rolled through with high winds.
They bought the house with the current roof 10 years ago and at that time it was already 8 years old. It was an item they knew had to be addressed but kept putting it off. Money was an issue but they were also stuck on what to replace their roof with.
The Home Was A Keeper
The homeowners knew they wanted to stay in their home for at least the next 15 years and maybe pass it on to their children. They knew they wanted something that they wouldn’t have to worry about for as long as possible. Something maintenance free looked good and would stand up to the crazy weather we’ve been dealing with over the past couple of years.
Just The Facts
We listed their options along with pricing and the pros and cons of each, along with any added benefits one material had over the other. Once we brought up the service life of a metal roof and the potential energy savings, they narrowed their choices considerably.
They loved the fact that a metal roof has a service life of 40 plus years, is virtually worry-free and while they didn’t know that they could save money on the heating and cooling bills every year, it was the icing on the roof cake.
Now it came down to cost. While the metal roof was everything they wanted and then some, it does cost more than your average shingle roof.
So they ran their own numbers and average the cost over 30 years to be conservative. They also estimated the savings on their heating and cools bills and subtracted that from their average.
When they came back to us with their decision to go with a metal roof, they said it came down to paying for something once and not have to worry about it again for a long time. In their mind, even if the roof for some reason didn’t last 40 – 50 years but needed replacement in 30, by that time they would have had to replace a shingle roof twice by that time. Maybe even have had to pay for spot repair twice over the 30 years. They couldn’t justify, in their mind spending all that money over the long haul on a shingle roof and lose the benefits a metal roof was giving them.
Needless to say, we agreed with them.
We at DYMI Construction hear this thought process from our client time and time again. That’s why we wanted to share this story with you. You’re not alone when you’re sitting there racking your brain trying to make the same decisions. This is why we’re here. Not to pressure you into choosing one material over another, but to lay out your options and give you the pros and cons of each. Enabling you to make an informed decision and a confident one.
Call us or drop DYMI Construction a line, with your questions and we’ll give you the same no-pressure answers we give to all of our clients. Make up your own mind and don’t be sold by a salesman pushing you into a choice.