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“It makes sense to think sustainably” :: Environmentally friendly metal roofing

“It makes sense to think sustainably” :: Environmentally friendly metal roofing


We were young and naive when we came
here, I was 31 years old and we needed a roof right away, the roof was leaking so
we put on an asphalt roof that lasted about 20 years, and then we could afford
a little nicer roof and had a cedar shingle roof, which we thought was going
to last 50 years but it only lasted 20 years that brings us to this roof, and
because I’ve aged here and I’ve loved living here we wanted to have a roof
that really was sustainable and permanent. I was a city boy … I didn’t know anything
about living in the country or how things worked at all, but but I’ve been
here 40 years and I’ve been learning that roofs don’t last long, that the weather is really hard on the roof and it’s the most exposed surface of a house, and the
choices are all limited, and I like to try to think sustainably, and there
wasn’t a sustainable alternative until I found the aluminum and the copper roofs. This is my third roof and I didn’t want
my son to have to go through that in the next 70 years you know, I really wanted
just one more roof I knew that the aluminum roof would qualify. The steel
roof on our barn is about 35-38 years old and it’s not going to last another
38 years, so the choice where it was aluminum or copper as far as I could
figure out, and with my son and and being more economically responsible than me it took about three three years to convince them this was a good choice, yeah. The cedar shingle roof was twenty years
old, and the shingles were curling up, a couple of them were missing from storm
damage … it was supposed to last 50 years, but new cedar is grown forced grown, and it doesn’t last as long as old cedar used to, so we got this roof that was
absolutely beautiful for about five years, and then began to deteriorate and
it was pretty clear that it would be leaking if we didn’t replace it really
soon. It’s huge. It’s it doesn’t make sense to
keep putting things on your house that you have to tear off and throw away 20
years later you know I would rather spend more money and something that is going to last forever. I think that way about the environment in general
it’s like we have a disposable mentality about most things, and it’s not good for
anything. I would ask them to think about the
seven generations to come, to think … long term and cost it out that way. I wish that we could have afforded a copper roof 40 years ago or
even thought about it …we wouldn’t be … it would still be fine, you know,
and I you know just that’s partly getting older and aging and thinking
about all the decisions that one makes in life, especially around maintaining a
house that you really love, you know …the first furnace we put in is no longer
here, the first windows we put in are no longer here, you have to kind of … I
wish as a 30-year old I have been able to think like a 70 year old you know. I
wish I had been able to think into the future and to and to think sustainably
basically. We both love this farm and feel blessed and privileged that we
could live here I’ve never wanted to live anywhere else in my whole life, and
I hope my son always lives here and it made sense to buy a roof that we
wouldn’t have to replace ever. I I think the house is going to last another 200
years and the end the roof will which is pretty awesome.

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