|our new roof!|
Two years ago when we bought our house, we knew it needed a lot of work. It had been in the same family for 129 years, and there were (still are!) decades of delayed maintenance and repair.
One big job was a foundation - the house was sitting right on the dirt!
The other big need was a new roof. We tackled that in the fall. We aren't sure when the last roof was put on, but pieces of it were constantly falling into my garden and we knew it wouldn't last another rainy season.
|old roof, flaking off|
It took us awhile to decide on a roofing material. We knew we wanted something green/eco-friendly, but since our house is historic and we are in a historic preservation overlay zone, the roofing material also had to fit with the character of our house. AND - it also had to be within our budget (less than $20,000.00).
So the search was on! Ryan is the master of green materials, and he found the perfect roof for us - Metro shingle. They have several styles and many colors. We went with aspen, which is one of their energy-star rated colors.
So why Metro and why metal?
1. The price was right. Our materials cost was around $5500.00.
2. Metal roofs last a LONG time.
3. The metal roof is made out of steel, which is recyclable once the roof needs to be replaced
4. Some of their colors are energy-star rated
5. The metal roof is stone-coated, so they look attractive and neighbors won't freak out that you have a metal roof.
6. Our understanding is the Metro products are manufactured right here in California, so there is less energy-use in transporting the materials here.
7. Easy installation.
i was so happy the day they demo'd the roof.
loved being able to see through the top.
we were super happy with the company that installed the roof, J.A.D. roofing in North Hollywood. Jose (the owner) was really easy to work with, and even though he hadn't installed Metro shingle before, he jumped right in and did it. His crew was courteous and hard-working.
we couldn't be happier with the installation and the way it looks. when the torrential rains came in december, the roof held tight. hooray!
next big project: exterior paint job!