It's quite possibly something we've all done from time to time -- either drive through new or frequently-visited neighborhoods and observed newer or updated properties in the area. New additions to houses, renovations, landscaping changes -- we've all observed them. But have you ever paid attention to the roofs on those houses?
Reddit user sweetfolly has. In fact, sweetfolly has an eagle-eye for a lot of the roofs in Western Maine. So much so that their curiosity behind them has peaked.
First off, the general consensus in the comments section of sweetfolly's post is a pretty logical one -- there are a lot of metal/tin roofs because we tend to get hammered with a ton of snow in New England, and snow easily slides off tin roofs. But it's not exactly case closed that simply, because while sweetfolly acknowledges that multiple areas in New England may have tin roofs, it's more so the fact that "the material seems different. Not like the usual commercial roofing."
One suggestion in the comments that seems to be the only one that makes sense due to sweetfolly pointing out that nearly all of the roofs in the Western Maine area look identically covered, is that at some point there was a tin roof salesman in the area for a while and eventually was able to convert everyone to that specific roof.
Metal Roofs vs Traditional Roofs
While metal roofs seem like a more logical choice than traditional, asphalt roofs due to their help and ease with the snow (who wouldn't want to not have to worry about raking or shoveling snow off their roof to prevent roof and ceiling leaking and collapsing?), are they more cost-effective? It depends who you ask.
According to AB Martin, a roofing company based in Pennsylvania, some options, like corrugated metal panels, can cost up to 20% less per square than asphalt shingles. However, when looking at iconic contractor, Bob Vila, and his website, he says that asphalt shingle roofs are cheaper upfront, costing $100-$200 per 100 square feet, while metal roofs can run $120-$900 per 100 square feet.
The B-52's "Love Shack"
With all this talk of metal and tin roofs, it may cross your mind -- is the "Love Shack" that The B-52's sang about with a "tin roof rusted" actually about a house in Maine? While it seems like it would be, according to American Songwriter, the "love shack" in question is quite possibly the singer/keyboardist Kate Pierson's "Lazy Meadow," which is a rustic lodge in the Catskill Mountains in New York.
Have you noticed the same identical roofs in Western Maine like sweetfolly has? Have you noticed them in other areas of New England?