Thursday, August 23, 2012

Roof Quandry

The workers arrived at 7:30 AM today to begin installing our new roof.  I would prefer they let me sleep a little longer, but for me, the inconvenience is worth finally having that new roof on the house.  The cats don't agree, however.  The large one hides in a corner behind the couch, using a low crawl if she has to emerge for food or drink.  The small white one is unnerved as well, which is odd because nothing usually phases her.  She sticks to me like glue all day long.

Choosing the roof was an interesting experience.  They have several styles and colors to choose from, I began to agonize almost at once.  This is a VERY permanent fixture, and far to expensive to replace if I don't like the color, so choosing the right one is vital.  I enlist my usual techniques which involves photographing the roof and applying different colors in photoshop until I'm completely overwhelmed.

As I'm sitting there, I wonder how anyone could makes such a decision easily.  Then, as I'm driving along in the car, I begin to notice the roof of every house I pass.  Many houses in Fremont now have metal roofs (like I soon will), and I had no idea.  How could I have missed this new trend?  I thought my husband was nuts when he first proposed it.

Well for starters, the hailstorm a few months back ensured new roofs for most of the town.  But then, the answer is obvious.  No one looks at your roof.  Sitting here now, I could not tell you the color of my parent's roof, and that's the house I grew up in.  Not a single roof comes to mind.  And slowly the agonizing wanes, even if the color isn't perfect, it isn't likely to matter much anyway, because no one pays attention to your roof.

A sigh of relief.

PS: Why do I have an instinct that the plural of roof is rooves?  Spellcheck assures me otherwise.  :P


  1. I’m pretty sure that the early wake up was worth getting the new roof in place! And don’t worry. Your cat will love it soon. Regarding the color issues, I think you did a pretty good job in choosing your roof color. You did great matching it with the design and look of your house. I hope you post some pictures, but I bet it looks great!

    -Elizabeth Hoffnung

  2. I had the same dilemma when my husband and I first put up our home. I couldn’t decide which roofing material to go with, let alone what color it would be. I decided to go with a metal roof as well when we realized that it was going to be better for our budget and would last longer. What color of roof did you eventually go with?

  3. So many decisions when putting up a home! I ended up choosing a deep burgundy. I was leery when it first started going up, afraid it was too red. But when finished, even the roofer commended me on the choice. He said he never would have chosen it, but can't imagine anything looking better!

    Of course now with time, I barely notice it, but when I do, I still love it. I also love that it's not an "everyman's choice" if you know what I mean. I can tell people, if you see the house with the burgundy metal roof, you know you have the right place!

    Thanks for your comments ladies.