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Posted by jwalker678
Thu, Nov 29, 12 at 12:29
|I will be replacing my shake shingle roof with architectural shingle and the big decision is which color. The brick is terra cotta with some gray. The siding is a sand or tan color. I like several of the Owens Corniing Designer collection colors i.e Merlot, sedona canyon, summer harvest but I seem to be all over the board. I think I want something medium to dark. Any suggestions?|
|gosh, so many GW members are getting new roofs! Awesome. :) |
I like the color you have currently - anything close in the new shingles?
|I was thinking the same thing.|
|When I had my roof replaced, the roofer brought by a roof sample book of the brand we were going with. Might that be a possibility? I'd be sure it especially went well with the brick, since you probably wouldn't ever want to paint that (imho). |
|I also like the current roof and would try to find something similar.|
|Our roofer gave us the addresses of homes in our area with some of the shingles we were interested in. We drove around to get a feel for what the roof looked like on a house. Sometimes it is hard to tell from the sample board.|
|Thanks all. I did receive some samples and the two roofers contacted also suggested giving addresses of homes with the actual shingle colors of interest. I agree probably couldn't go wrong with something close to what we have now.|
|I'm partial to shakes myself and would just redo it. Any reason not to do so?|
|This is late but, when I found out that we would be getting a new roof I looked, and looked and looked at shingles. Then the roofers brought sample books when they came to give estimates. None were any of the samples I'd been pouring over online. |
Finally chose a roofer and both the roofer and I were going back and forth over options and profiles (we are also getting siding on the dormers). Suddenly I turned to my husband and said "What are your thoughts?'. He picked out a roof color, siding and siding profile in about 1 minute. His selections are perfect - better than any combo I was considering! I guess the moral of my story is that sometimes we obsess too much and should ask a non-decorating interested friend.
|I do like the look of the shake shingles but I believe they are much more expensive. However, now that I ave received my first bid for architectural I am going to get a bid for shake for comparison. If the price is comparable I will go with shake. My guess, though, is that it will be 2x the cost.|
|My roofer nailed samples of my four top choices to my roof so I could see how they looked in real life. The time of day affects the look, to further make you crazy. I also drove around and looked at jobs they had done. |
The Certainteed site is very helpful. You can try different shingles on different styles and colors of houses. If you are really motivated, you can upload a picture of your own house and try shingles on them.
Here is a sample picture I saved of a house that is similar to mine with Colonial Slate shingles. Go play with that site!
|While your current shakes are really pretty, I'd definitely replace with an architectural style that was NOT shakes simply because shakes are considered a fire hazard for homes. You should see your homeowners insurance go down significantly once you re-roof to a non-combustible material. I also like the current color or darker charcoal.|
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