There are some outdoor projects that I can tackle. When we moved into our house, I took the shutters down and painted them black. I also painted my front steps in brick red.
My girls and I created vintage french flower pots to add to the front steps. However, I am out of my league when it comes to roofing! Our roof needs replacing (badly) and so do our gutters. Here is our house and the roof choices. I’m thinking “Estate Gray”. Choosing roofing color is definitely one of the more difficult paint job decisions; the roof is a pretty integral part of your curb value after all!
Not all home improvement projects are as exciting as a new bathroom or hardwood floors! However, the roof and gutters will make a huge difference to our house. We are still researching it all and in the process of choosing a roofer. The joys of home ownership 😉
chris aka monkey
love the gray picking a roofer will be the hardest part asking friends and neighbors and asking at the big box stores getting references and go see the places please be picky because a bad roofer will cost you a bundle when you have to fix it xx
Oh, my Chris. You should have heard the guy we had here the other night. What a strong sales pitch. He was a decent guy but wouldn’t leave. This is a tedious process!
I would pick something warmer to go with your brick. Gray is a cool color.
Yes, we are still deciding. I just want to go classic. Need to find the roofer first 🙂 Cheers!
Yes, it isn’t the most fun project but it is better than fixing leaks.
You said it! So, so true!
This is exactly what I have and I love it!!!! However, as mentioned above, do get a good roofer. I had a horrific experience…..but the product itself is very good
We had a horrible experience the other night with the hard sales pitch and they guy just wouldn’t leave. We need to ask around before getting into that mess again. He was just soooo pushy and here for literally hours and just wouldn’t leave! He must make a ton of sales by exhausting his customer to submission!
Your potted plants are so pretty, you make me ready for spring. I never knew there were so many shingle options.
I’m so excited because they are being featured at Jo-Ann’s Fabric online store! I will post the link when it happens 🙂
I’ve replaced 3 roofs on 3 different properties. My recommendation is just like the others in that you need to get a highly recommended roofer. Try Angies List. I have used them for roofing, plumbing, electricians and handymen. Also get a high profile shingle. It will make all the difference and get timberline shingles (I like the Charcoal or Pewter Grey for your house) and be sure to get a hip vent. That vent will cool your house in the summer much better than those twirly vents – at least that was my experience in Texas. Good luck!
Hi Linda – thanks so much for the excellent advice. I only heard about that vent the other night when a sales guy was here making his (long) pitch. I had never heard of it before so glad to hear that it is worth doing. This guy stayed for HOURS and wouldn’t leave. Kept calling his boss to get a better price. Started out at – get this – $45,000 and at the end was less than half. It put us off. We need to ask neighbors for recommendations. I don’t want a repeat of the hard sales pitch. I get that they need to make money but it was pretty awful.
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Estate Grey would be my choice too Suzanne. Will look so good with your black shutters and red brick. You won’t regret the nicer profile of the True Definition shingles – we installed them on our house. Ours are 10 years old already and still look like new!
I am so glad to hear this! It actually is a large purchase and we are a little nervous. I think those shingles look the best and are not that much more expensive than the cheaper version. Thanks, Marie!
Yes, as mentioned previuosly, use a big company, that bonded and insured, and has been in business for a while. Anyone can.knock on your door and say they are a roofer. Then have you pay half up front, then bail before work us done. Have heard of it happening to others. Also, get several different quotes. You’d be surprised on the difference. If your roof has storm/wind damage your homeowners insurance may pay for a new one. Ours did!
Oh, Amy! Fantastic advice – thanks so much!