Often when homeowners here in the Minneapolis area are faced with exterior home remodeling or repairs like needing a new roof or siding replacement, their main focus is how much it is going to cost. What we'd really like people to think about is whether the project is a good investment. Yes, there is a price involved whenever you have to do something to your home, even if you do it yourself. But there are some things you can do that will make that project an investment that is going to pay off over time. Having a metal roof or seamless steel siding installed can offer that. But you have to look beyond the initial cost of installation in order to evaluate any type of home improvement. Here are some things to consider:
- What is the expected life span of this product compared to other options? Take a look at how long it will be before you'll need to repeat the job. For example, in our area asphalt roofs usually last 15-20 years, depending on how well they're cared for. But if you choose a metal roof instead of asphalt, it will outlast three or more of those asphalt roofs.
- What kind of maintenance and repair costs can you expect? The initial installation cost is just the beginning of your expenses. Over time there will be maintenance and repairs required. With our severe storms that include high winds and hail, you should expect frequent repairs to your roof and siding. But high winds and hail are no match for our metal roofing and siding, so those costs are minimal, if any.
- What will it add to the value of a home? Some home improvements add value, some do not. If your roof needs to be replaced, that's an ongoing maintenance issue, not a value-added project. But if you replace that asphalt roof with metal roofing, the value of your home will go up. Metal roofing is in high demand among homeowners, and when it comes time to sell your home, you just might get an offer that exceeds your asking price.