We've had several quotes, now, about a new roof. We've done research. It's down to whoever will give us the best deal for what we want: metal shingles. Not the barn-roof type metal roof--I don't think that would look very good with our roof-line. If we didn't have a hipped roof (and built-on garage, which complicates the hipped roof roof line just a bit) it might be different.
I'd also rather not have the fasteners exposed to the elements.
I do, however, want the benefits from having a metal roof. I want to only do this once. I want something that, if the neighbors who sell fireworks (and store them on their property) have a nasty disaster, will protect us from any fire jumping to our roof.
We've had quotes from hair curling to "OH MY GOD! I COULD ALMOST BUY A HOUSE FOR THAT!!"
The lowest quote was the guy that quoted for asphalt shingles. And his quote said that any lumber repair would drive the cost up. We...we're going to need at least some. So yeah. Not only is his product not what we're looking for, I don't think his quote was particularly accurate.
Thing is...my aunt needed her roof repaired. She needed repairs for almost twenty years. It kept degrading, to the point that she started needing a new roof something like ten years ago. She left it for longer. With all the leaks, and stuff. And now, after the ice storm just after Christmas shattering trees and dropping them on her house...well. You can imagine. She needs the roof replaced. All the way down to the ceilings and beyond, in some places. Just to the ceilings in others. Her roof is going to cost something like twice what mine would. Because she didn't get it done before it got really bad (and doesn't have insurance on the place to pay for ice storm damage...which is another level of stupid I won't go into).
I do not want to end up having to pay more than what I already will have to, by not doing the repairs/replacement as soon as it's needed.
And that's ignoring the fact that we're already seeing some inflation on the money pumped into the economy by the igornatti in Washington, D.C.
I want this done now, before the dollars we have won't stretch to pay for what we need.