Two Rules for Choosing a Roof for your House

January 28, 2013 § 2 Comments

OCMaxDefThe roof — any roof — is a big-ticket item on the house so choosing it can be a little unsettling. There are so many colorful options available that it’s easy to get wowed by the prospect of something other than the traditional charcoal.

When choosing your roof, make sure you follow these two rules to insure a good result you can live with for, say, 40 years:

1) Get large samples of your roof options. Do not choose a roof from a photo on the computer or a little brochure. Make sure you hold the roof sample up against the side of your house to test for color coordination and to see how busy the two are when side-by-side. Stand back at the curb and take a good look. If possible, get the address of a home that has the roof already installed so you can see how the roof looks over a large area. Does it get lighter or darker? Good to know ahead of time.

2) Avoid the clash of the Maximum Definition shingles with the house. If your house is a busy colorful mixture of bricks or stones, avoid the busy “max def” roof as you will create a combination worthy of a major migraine. The photo above (from Owens Corning) is a good example of pairing a busy max def roof style (with its multiple colors) with a house siding that is neutral, painted brick and neutral siding. There is a good balance between the busy roof and the plain, calm siding materials. There’s no doubt that the roof takes center stage. Make sure it doesn’t fight with the siding “understudy.”

If you follow these two rules, you will narrow your options down to two or three reasonable choices and avoid any major, expensive roof mistakes.

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§ 2 Responses to Two Rules for Choosing a Roof for your House

  • Rob Moses says:

    I think painted brick looks terrible 😦

    • Barbara Meglis says:

      Hi Rob,
      Well, yes, painted brick is a last resort for brick that is so ugly or distracting that nothing else will work with it. Truly, once you paint the brick, it stays that way forever. So it’s a last resort. I know there are purists out there (and maybe you’re one of them) who believe that you should never paint brick. But I like to offer some degree of hope to homeowners who are either saddled with a house that keeps them trapped in the 50s or they’re completely at the mercy of bricklayers on quaaludes.
      Thanks for posting.

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