After last week's post about metal roofs I heard from a client who told me they had installed a metal roof last year on their two-story home built in 1916. He said I could share their experience.
"We had a metal roof installed last year - went with a shake stone coated style. The cost was $21,000 vs $12,000 for an asphalt roof (we needed a complete tear off and re-decking done with both options).
The metal roof did save us $800/yr on homeowner's insurance. With the insurance and energy savings, we will recover the cost difference in about 10 years.
After 20 years, the reduced home operating cost pretty much pays for the entire roof itself and you still have a roof that will last another 30 years at least! With an an asphalt roof, you would need to replace it again.
Doing the math with lower home operating costs, most people will offset the additional cost of a metal roof in 10 to 12 years and pay for the entire roof in 20-25 years. Just some food for thought."