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09-29-2011 03:44 PM

Hello all,
I am in need of a new roof. I have a modified salt block style house, which is in a very wooded area in west virginia. What type of roofing material would you guys recomend? Metal vs asphalt ect…..

Also do any of you have any recomendations on a gutter, or guttering system that works well in a heavily wooded area. I really hate having to clean all the gutters out every other week in the fall!

Thanks for any recomendations you may have.

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09-29-2011 05:54 PM

I have a workshop that is metal. I had the gutters installed without looking at them. They are terrible to clean out when leaves get in them. If you get something it will have to be cleaned sooner or later. Make sure you can easily clean them when the time comes. I haven’t tried it but I think a power washer might clean mine.
Check with your insurance company on rates for each. I went to a class 4 asphalt on my home and my rates went down 21%. With metal they stayed up….same as cheap asphalt. Just a thought.

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09-29-2011 05:56 PM

Lots of choices, depending on your desires and $$$$. Asphalt can be the least expensive, but not longest lasting. So, determine how long you plan on living there. That type roof has about 15 years life. Metal roofing has lots of advantages such as insulation and longevity. Price can be 3x the price of asphalt, but will last way beyond your lifetime. It can add to the resale value as well. Beyond those two, you can consider slate, concrete, copper, and lots of new synthetics (all at a price). I find less chance of mildew growth on metal roofs. You will see it quickly on asphalts, unless roof is black. Other colors get black dirty look as a result of its growth. Can be removed, but thats another maintenance thing to do. in many areas insurance drops a lot due to the roof being non-combustible and endures damage from hail and small branches.

Being a salt box, you may consider whether to be “period correct”. In other words, what type roof would have been put onto a 1700 built salt box house?

I like some of the new gutter cover systems that cover the gutter with a lid that causes the water to wrap around it prior to falling into the trough, while the leaves have NO access to flow or fall into the trough. There are add on versions you can by in sections and fit over standard gutters. Check the “big box” stores.

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09-29-2011 06:05 PM

Danny, my class 4 roof will stand large impact hail and 100+ mph winds. It is not the standard asphalt shingle. It has a 45 year life. About the same as metal. In my area we have wind and hail but don’t have the mold problem on our shingles. Depends on you area and climate.

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09-30-2011 02:17 AM

what do you think about this? It can be a little pricy,

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09-30-2011 04:35 AM

Well, after you paid shipping and handling you would be looking at $100 per 30’ section. My house is 90’ long on the front and rear with about 30’ per end. It isn’t a rectangle but it would be close to those measurements. That is 240’ so we would be talking about $800…..ouch! It doesn’t look bad though. I wonder how the bristles would hold up in the sunshine? UV plays havoc on some things. That guttering I have on my metal shop is only open a bout 2.5 inches on the top and it is deep. I really think I am going to get a power washer and try to clear it then maybe I won’t let it get like this again. I have trees around it and really like the shade because I have no A/C in it.
I did check a metal roof for my house last time and the insurance didn’t change a cent. If I went to the class 4 asphalt it went down 21%. I later discovered that when a fire dept arrives to a house they chop a hole in the roof to enter and cool the attic with water. If it is metal they let it burn and try to keep it from spreading to the neighbors. Total loss for any house with a metal roof. Too dangerous for the firemen. Just something to check out in the roof venture. I got the class 4 shingles for about the same as the metal at that time. Shingles have gone out of sight on cost in my area. The shingles that were $35 per sq 5 years ago are $80 now and I paid $78 for mine so they are probably $160. Ouch!! again.

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01-27-2012 10:00 AM

I think a perfect cost estimation can only be given by home inspectors as they would do complete evaluation of the house and then would tell you how much cost would it include for getting a new roof. They would also give you a complete explanation on how much labor and repairing cost is involved in that.


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04-18-2012 10:53 AM

Having a damaged roof is a pain. Roof repairs and replacement can easily burn a hole inside your pocket.The importance of keeping the roof maintained and in good condition is basically common sense. One of the most important factors that you need to consider is the roofing contractors. You may want to consider getting multiple roofing estimates from different contractors. The more contractors you talk to about your roof problem, the options you will get. If your roof does not appear to be much damaged and just need some fixing, contractors are the right person to talk to even if you’re not hiring them.

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04-25-2012 03:26 AM

I agree. Just make sure you get it done right. There is nothing worse than coming back after the fact to try to fix a roof that wasn’t installed correctly. Good luck!

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04-28-2012 05:52 PM

I live in Maine surrounded by trees. They eat asphalt roofs and if damp cause moss and such to damage them. I’ve been putting steel roofing on all my properties. Great stuff. And, even though the cost of putting on a steel roof is much more than asphalt, the materials are actually horribly more. It seems that even though they can do a steel roof very fast they still charge you a lot. If you can put it on yourself, and it’s not a hard job, then the cost can be minimal. The entire roof for my home was $2400 in materials. It’s all hips so lots of angles and hence a lot of waste. Of course it depends on the size but I’ll bet yours would be less.

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05-16-2014 04:51 AM

Hey Spar
You can go for both the options because it depends on your budget. But i want to clear one thing for you that Asphalt or singles needs a replacement after 10 to 20 years whereas metal roofs lasts for 30 to 4o years.

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05-20-2014 10:58 PM

I gave up on gutters the last time I reshingled. I now have a paved walkway from my foundation 4’ wide on my eave sides. I already had an apron in front of my garage and simply extended it along the house. No gutters to clean and the pavement channels the water away from the foundation and keeps it from washing out.

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06-08-2018 01:27 PM

I’d suggest asphalt for your roof. It’s a high quality material and shouldn’t affect your insurance rates as much.

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