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Old 01-10-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Palmyra, Maine
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We had to replace the roof shingles on our camp and at home this fall. Both were over 25 years old. We had the usual contractors quotes.One even borrowed my ladder so he could pace-off the roof because he forgot his tape measure.. Both buildings are 30' x48'. $4200.00 each and $200.00 for disposal of the old shingles. for asphalt 3 tab. Now I need to warn ya how cheap I can be( I can swallow a quarter and poop ya 15 cents change) My wife and I drove to our local lumber yard(not the big box store) And purchased steel roofing and all the fix-ins using the quotes. And the grand total was $3192.00 including a battery powered screw-shooter (never ever going to need a hammer again) a couple of abrasive blades for my skill saw and the biggest caulking gun I'd ever seen. 3 Snow storms latter NO LEAKS, NO ICE, NO SNOW. Might even sell a couple of ladders and roof-rakes to sweeten this deal..But hidden in between the sheets of roofing was the paper work for a $500.00 tax deduction for energy credits.. Uncle Sam pay up...
Now hows that for being thrifty?
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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Unless I am missing something here, wouldn't a steel roof create an oven inside of your home, and concrete be too heavy?
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:29 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Unless I am missing something here, wouldn't a steel roof create an oven inside of your home, and concrete be too heavy?
Missing something is all. The asphalt shingles he is referring to are the regular shingles you see on the roofs of the majority of homes and other buildings. While made using some of the same materials, it is not the asphalt that is used on the roads. The steel, or metal roofs are really no different than the dark colored asphalt for heat retention, and personally I think their pluses far outweigh the real only negative which is the original price difference.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Florida (SW)
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"He is sooooooo thrifty: "he'd skin a fart for the hide and tallow". I have loved that old expression for years, but it never really fitted into a discussion before.
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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It fits in here.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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metal roof is the way goes, if you can afford them. I am not a roofer but i have a house build here in the foot hill of VA. We build in the Ecovillage Community and the HOA required roof material that last forever or it can be recycle, shingles can be uses only with approved by board member and after it will cause a hardship to our budget. well it is the roofer want $400.00 per square or $4.00/sqf for his labor, the standing seam matel roof cost 2 and a haft time the 40-50 yrs shingles roof. He will not warranty his work if we use the screw down matel roof and he wants to weld all the seam where the dormer and the roof meet, and he said if he weld the roof on the factory painted the fatory will viod the waranty, he recoment get unpainted in 4-5 years after the matel coat is ware out then we can have it painted. the house foot print is 40 x 60, some how his calculation come up to 4325 sqf, because of roof slope and dormers roof area. We end up with shingles roof, his labor cost is $100.00 per square, alot cheaper.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Our Maine home has a steel roof.

We are happy with it.

I sprayed a spray-on urethane foam insulation on the bottom side about one and 1/2 inch thick. Then hung R-30 fiberglass batting under that, and then wood paneling.

It is very quite and does not bake in the summers.

Before I sprayed it the roof was extremely noisy in the rain and hail. Now it is not.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Virginia (soon Ellsworth)
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soybean oil spray foam insulation also other items we have to give up on because of the price. the contractor wants $10,000 just for under the roof area alone, he said since our walls are precase concrete and have foam insulation build in at the factory, we can easily hang fiberglass batting ourself to save money. That would not work for me.
we went with recyle paper spray on insulation for about 40% of the cost and for the whole house,under the roof and all walls area.
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Old 01-10-2008, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Palmyra, Maine
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haven't noticed any noise from the elements lately, but it is well insulated up there. The camp might be different because of the open loft and no insulation (it's a summer camp)
and the summer sun should be ok because its well shaded and I spend more time on the deck with a gin an tonic and listen to the old bug zapper killing june bugs Zzzzzzzzzzzzap ..Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzap
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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Steel is the way to go if properly installed...... good for 50 years, highly wind-resistent, snow slides right off, and much safe if you have a wood-burning appliance.
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