Need help deciding on new roof for our mountain house
Bill Howard
April 4, 2013 in Design Dilemma
We have a mountain house that was build to look old and plain. We need a new roof and would like replace with a metal roof but not sure about the color. The roof line is straight across the front, covering the porch and the second story. When looking at the house you see a lot of roof.
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nasmijati
A plain 'tin' roof is a classic color.
Find out about the fire rating of different kinds of metal roofs. I do not know if your area is prone to forest fires, but I wold not want my metal roof to melt quickly.
April 4, 2013 at 7:12am   
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Dytecture
any photos of what the house currently looks like ?
April 4, 2013 at 7:53am   
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Design & Decor By Shelley
Current colour scheme on the house would assist in the colour choice for your roof?
April 4, 2013 at 8:02am   
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Bill Howard
How do I send the photo. I have one on my e-mail. How do I transfer it to this web-site?
April 4, 2013 at 8:30am   
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Ironwood Builders
For a rustic mountain home, I suggest a corrugated Corten roof. Corten is an alloy of steel and copper that initially rusts, then stops oxidizing. The rust color remains but does not continue to "rot" the steel. So a rusty red old barn looking roof.

All metal roofs are acceptable in wild fire areas. They are rated for a full one hour burn through. Venting and sidewall are more of an issue in maintaining "shelter in place" capability. A one hour fire resistive sidewall and no soffit, gable end or eave venting is desirable. This leaves eyebrow, or rooftop venting as the only option. A power vent, hooked to a thermostat switch located in the attic will extend roof life (if using comp shingles).
April 4, 2013 at 8:33am     
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Ironwood Builders
Bill, put the photo on your desktop from the email, add a comment and hit the "attach photos" button below your comment. Browse your desktop for the photo and right click or double click the mouse on it. The hit submit!
April 4, 2013 at 8:35am   
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