Jan 17, 2013

roofing choices

now that i know that i want the outside of the house to be white, and the foundation will be covered in a rough stone, it is time to choose the roof shingles.

roof materials range in price and durability.
a material like slate will last for centuries, and is absolutely gorgeous, but the initial cost can be breathtaking.




wood shakes (cedar is used most commonly) are another popular roofing material. they offer great texture and character, and as the wood ages, the shingles shift into lovely grey color. however, without proper maintenance, wood shakes will not last as long as other roofing materials, and can also be susceptible to rot, insects and mold.



metal roofs are another great, but expensive choice. they are fire retardant, pretty much maintenance free, and are also very energy efficient.



most homes select ashphalt shingles (also called composition shingles). they are easy to install, rather low  maintenance, and come in a large selection of colors and styles.
we ended up choosing tamko heritage shingles:



i recently selected "weathered wood" shingles for a local exterior remodel project, and i was really pleased with the way they looked, but i wanted something a little more grey for my house. i thought about going with ""rustic black" or "black walnut", but ultimately decided on "thunderstorm grey".


i am planning on the shutters being a dark mushroomy gray color, and i think the roof will look really great with the white siding, and be a nice complement to the stone. (which has not been installed yet)

they actually already put the shingles on! *they look great! i am a little behind in showing progress pictures, but will hopefully have some progress pictures up tomorrow!

23 comments:

  1. There are so many choices to make when building, right? I remember when our builder asked us if we had any thoughts about what we wanted in terms of roofing. I think we just stood there and stared, who thinks of roofing when there are fun things like paint colors to focus on? But we used his suggestion of driving through neighborhoods we liked and checking out how different roofs looked with the color of brick we chose. It really does make a difference, doesn't it.

    Are you finding it harder to make choices for your own home than houses you designed for others?

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  2. I'll also mention that a cedar shake roof can also mean higher insurance premiums. There was a 10% up-charge on our policy for the shake roof until it was replaced with composition shingles.

    Our neighborhood was originally built with cedar shakes, and after a hailstorm, most of the neighbors who still had shake roofs had them replaced. It's so hard to make a choice from relatively tiny samples. One evening I noticed a couple I didn't know very well standing in the middle of the street, examining our house. I finally stuck my head out the door to see what was going on. They called out, "Is it Weathered Wood?" They were trying to decided between Weathered Wood and Rustic Black for their replacement roof. In the end, they chose the black, but personally, I think it looks too dark.

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  3. How much did you spend on your roof?

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    1. i would need to check with my hubby, the general contractor on that.

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  4. It’s important that you analyze first all the types of roofing materials before deciding on what would be a good option. I like the entire plan you have in mind. I can almost imagine how your house would look with those color combinations that you chose. I can’t wait to see it!

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  5. Its always hard to pick out the type of shingle and color you want for your home, because it is all in correspondence with your home's appearance at the time.

    -Keystone Contracting Corp
    Roofing Contractor Brooklyn

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  6. I agree with Brendan. Carefully planning your roofing project entails analyzing the types of materials to be used. I usually go with metal roof because it requires low maintenance, but that’s just me. How’s your roof now, by the way?

    - Antonia Johnston -

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    1. it looks great! we are really happy with the color. it has been covered with snow for the most part, but the sun is out and the snow is slowly melting.

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  7. Before anything else, determine what the prevailing weather condition in your place first to know what roofing material is the best for you. Having your roof repaired or replaced is a major undertaking that’s why we have to plan it carefully.

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  8. Hi, Autumn! I like your idea of making the outside of your house white. That’s also what I’m planning for my house. I noticed in recent posts that the roof you installed has a dark color. May I know what is the name of that color? By the way, your name reminds me of the girl that Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character later met on the movie 500 Days of Summer.

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  9. Those are quite a selection of roofing shingles. I personally like the metal roofs since they are practically low maintenance and are, as you say, fire retardant. I’d probably save up on that for added protection. I liked the rustic approach that you are going for since it matches so well with the rest of the stone.

    Lue Madson

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    http://www.candcroofing.co.uk/roofers-liverpool/

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  15. Great samples and ideas. I'm looking to get into some roofing projects here in Barrie and this gives me some inspiration. Thanks again.

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  16. I'm currently talking to my local Hawaii roofing contractor and discussing different tile options. I love the slate roof in this post!

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  17. Great pictures! Oklahoma City roofers could install any of these choices and the end result will be fantastic. Use them for all projects!

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  18. Thank you for sharing this information. There's a lot of design that you can choose when it comes to roofing, since this is the first thing that you would see in a structure or building. For me I like the flat roof, you can make your roof multi-functional if it's flat.

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  19. I love the first house. It reminds me a lot of the roofing in Victoria. It is absolutely gorgeous. I am so jealous.

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  21. Its always hard to pick out the type of shingle and color you want for your home, because it is all in correspondence with your home's appearance at the time.

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