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#4812123 - 07/12/18 10:35 AM Metal roof - resale value?
thunderfog Offline


Registered: 03/12/14
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Hi everyone.

My FIL passed away last November, and we have to tear down his house (unsafe). However, he had a metal roof installed about 3 years ago that is in great condition.

First, is there a market for it? And if that is a yes, what do I ask for in terms of a price? The buyer would have to remove it themselves, and while I'm not looking to squeeze every single penny out of it, I don't want to give it away. It covers roughly a 1000 square foot house, shallow slopes.

Thanks in advance!
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#4812126 - 07/12/18 10:37 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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If it is copper, it's worth a small fortune.

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#4812129 - 07/12/18 10:38 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: WobblyElvis]
thunderfog Offline


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Originally Posted By: WobblyElvis
If it is copper, it's worth a small fortune.


Unlikely. We can assume low end.
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#4812139 - 07/12/18 10:50 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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If it's a knockdown, I wonder if the contractor who does the job would be willing to pay for it. Pay / reduce their bill as they could haul to the recycler for the weight.

If the house is unsafe, how would Joe Blow come in to remove? I'm wondering if there's some safety issue here where you wouldn't want someone walking around on it.
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#4812142 - 07/12/18 10:51 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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It would be good for repurposing on a shed or other small structure. If it was screwed in then removal would be the easiest without incurring damage.
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#4812147 - 07/12/18 10:55 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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Registered: 01/21/17
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Loc: Toronna
Originally Posted By: thunderfog
First, is there a market for it? And if that is a yes, what do I ask for in terms of a price? The buyer would have to remove it themselves, and while I'm not looking to squeeze every single penny out of it, I don't want to give it away. It covers roughly a 1000 square foot house, shallow slopes.


If they have to remove it themselves it is worth $0, people aren't going to pay you for the privilege of demoing your house. I assume like recycling any building materials, great care must be taken to not wreck it. 20% is probably going to be destroyed in the process, seems like not enough material to even be worth it.

An expensive lesson on not trying to polish a turd. Brand new metal roof on a condemned house, yikes. I've pulled trim during demo that was dated the current year, but your situation is just brutal.
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#4812166 - 07/12/18 11:08 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: maxdustington]
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Originally Posted By: maxdustington
If they have to remove it themselves it is worth $0, people aren't going to pay you for the privilege of demoing your house.


Honestly even if you're giving it away people want you to remove it, and heck even deliver it at your cost.
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#4812177 - 07/12/18 11:15 AM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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OP's situation isn't brutal, FIL who put the roof on and only got 3 years use, that's brutal. If it was on the ground in a neat stack with no damage but the screw holes 25% of new maybe? Stick a sign in the yard and put it in all the local trade sheets and on craigslist and ask for offers, see what you get. Realistically anything is more than nothing since the house is coming down and you'll be paying someone to take it for free.
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#4812215 - 07/12/18 12:06 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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Registered: 09/06/07
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Loc: TX, USA
No demolition company is going to treat any demolition gently.
Their objective is to demolished a house under 2 hours.
Unless you can remove the roofing yourself, even after that it will probably only valuable for recycling unless you can find a buyer already that can reuse it.

USA is not the type of country that will repurpose or reuse.
It is not a common practice unlike a lot of other countries.
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#4812220 - 07/12/18 12:12 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: maxdustington]
thunderfog Offline


Registered: 03/12/14
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Loc: Eleanor, West Virginia
Originally Posted By: maxdustington
Originally Posted By: thunderfog
First, is there a market for it? And if that is a yes, what do I ask for in terms of a price? The buyer would have to remove it themselves, and while I'm not looking to squeeze every single penny out of it, I don't want to give it away. It covers roughly a 1000 square foot house, shallow slopes.


If they have to remove it themselves it is worth $0, people aren't going to pay you for the privilege of demoing your house. I assume like recycling any building materials, great care must be taken to not wreck it. 20% is probably going to be destroyed in the process, seems like not enough material to even be worth it.

An expensive lesson on not trying to polish a turd. Brand new metal roof on a condemned house, yikes. I've pulled trim during demo that was dated the current year, but your situation is just brutal.


Dang, dude, go easy on the deceased. He lived in the house for decades. It was his home. He didn't know he was going to pass theee years later after installing the roof. I stated the house was unsafe... well... that may have been an oversimplification. It needs a ton of work, there are ceiling and floor issues, and we want to keep the acreage it sits on in the VA mountains. We are too far away from it and don't want to be landlords, and vacant home insurance is brutally expensive. So we are tearing it down. But the house was not condemned by any means.

If we can sell it and give someone a bargain on metal roofing at the same time, splendid. If not, we will scrap it. Just sizing up the options.
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#4812224 - 07/12/18 12:18 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: supton]
thunderfog Offline


Registered: 03/12/14
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Loc: Eleanor, West Virginia
Originally Posted By: supton
If it's a knockdown, I wonder if the contractor who does the job would be willing to pay for it. Pay / reduce their bill as they could haul to the recycler for the weight.

If the house is unsafe, how would Joe Blow come in to remove? I'm wondering if there's some safety issue here where you wouldn't want someone walking around on it.


I should have worded it this way: the house is unsafe for residing because of holes in the floor, some ceiling issues, a plumbing issue, and who knows when the chimney from the wood stove was serviced. we know what and where the issues are for the most part. If we rented it to someone, no way is it a safe place, and repairs would likely outpace the 50% mark of the structure's value.
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#4812260 - 07/12/18 01:04 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
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Loc: Phoenix, AZ
I wouldn't let strangers crawl around on my roof to remove it for scrap value.

They'd probably fall off the roof or through it and sue you.
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#4812271 - 07/12/18 01:20 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: Nick1994]
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Registered: 08/05/02
Posts: 14264
Loc: Silicon Valley
Originally Posted By: Nick1994
I wouldn't let strangers crawl around on my roof to remove it for scrap value.

They'd probably fall off the roof or through it and sue you.


This.

I once made a mistake hiring a handyman doing a kitchen demo, because he wants to use the old cabinets in his girlfriend's house (flood damage). That guy took way too long to finish his work trying to preserve the cabinets, it ended up delaying a lot of stuff making it more expensive than just have a guy coming in with a saw and cut things out in 2 hours.
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#4812290 - 07/12/18 01:40 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: PandaBear]
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Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 3307
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: PandaBear
I once made a mistake hiring a handyman doing a kitchen demo, because he wants to use the old cabinets in his girlfriend's house (flood damage). That guy took way too long to finish his work trying to preserve the cabinets, it ended up delaying a lot of stuff making it more expensive than just have a guy coming in with a saw and cut things out in 2 hours.


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PandaBear,
what was that guy doing?
it took me+myself 6 hours to do a galley kitchen. It was slower because I moved the appliances out of the way, and I break the cabinets down the slow and quiet way out of respect for building neighbors (after 6 PM work)...

With a saw+Big Hammer may have been 1 hour . maybe
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#4812292 - 07/12/18 01:41 PM Re: Metal roof - resale value? [Re: thunderfog]
pandus13 Offline


Registered: 08/12/11
Posts: 3307
Loc: Chicago,IL,USA
Originally Posted By: thunderfog
Originally Posted By: supton
If it's a knockdown, I wonder if the contractor who does the job would be willing to pay for it. Pay / reduce their bill as they could haul to the recycler for the weight.

If the house is unsafe, how would Joe Blow come in to remove? I'm wondering if there's some safety issue here where you wouldn't want someone walking around on it.


I should have worded it this way: the house is unsafe for residing because of holes in the floor, some ceiling issues, a plumbing issue, and who knows when the chimney from the wood stove was serviced. we know what and where the issues are for the most part. If we rented it to someone, no way is it a safe place, and repairs would likely outpace the 50% mark of the structure's value.


do you know of any "ethnic" roofing guy in the area?
He may have a friend in need...
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