Those of you with long memories know that roofing is a fixation at Ask Around. I have long felt that there must be a better solution than covering the inhabited parts of North America with short-lived, dangerous to dispose, hard to fit, asphalt shingles. Rumours of lifetime shingles, metal sheeting, solar roofs and whatever have mostly proven uneconomical, but I recently met my first real, newly installed, metal shingled roof.
It cost 50% more than its asphalt equivalent, looks similar and was installed over existing asphalt shingles (which did not have to be removed and dumped) but there the similarities end. It was put in place by specially trained installers and will last more than 50 years. It is repairable and when it does eventually need to be replaced, being made of steel, it can be recycled and will have scrap value. Interestingly it's the membrane under the shingles that does the real work - the steel just protects the membrane.
Can you tell I'm impressed? I once had to arrange for the environmentally questionable disposal of old asphalt shingles and I don't ever want to do that again. And when I next have to replace my roof I want it to be the LAST time. Roofing work is expensive and hard to arrange. I'm also uncomfortable living in a house while guys with boom-boxes and cleavage in the wrong places rip off the roof. I'm glad there's an alternative.
You can leave comments too; what's your view on the roofing debate?