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New roof: $22,800 or $7,900

July 18th, 2008 at 10:37 am

I'm an eco geek. I admit it. I am redoing an 1957 ranch house and am trying to make it substantially more green. So far, I've had luck. I've put in a geothermal furnace that also heats my hot water for free in the summer. I have rain barrels, compost bins and laundry lines. I bought new energy star windows.

Now, on to the roof. My dream roof is made form recycled aluminum. But, it's $22,800. I was expecting about $15,000. The installed tried to sell me on the idea of using my budget AND taking out financing for the rest. And get this, the financing is a GM credit card with an 18 percent interest rate.

I said no to this several times, but he kept insisting. Uh, I don't think so.

Isn't this how we got into this housing mess? Oh, use your savings and then when that's gone, go ahead and take on debt. Then, you'll not only be broke, you'll owe more!

So, I just got the quote for the normal 30-year asphalt shingle roof-- $7,900.

With that much difference, it doesn't appear to pay to go green on this project.

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