In which I outsource

This isn’t exactly a secret: every now and again I post something here just so that I know where to find it later. That’s sort of what’s going on here. We’re putting a new roof on our house this spring and just today got an email about choosing shingle colors. We had 17 options to choose from assuming we didn’t change the level of shingle we were choosing, and my wife and I have been firing text messages back and forth all day and we’ve whittled those seventeen options down to five:

These were uploaded in no particular order; three of them were her choices and two were mine. I don’t like one of her three, and she wasn’t fond of one of my two but was willing to see it in person. Feel free to play games in comments and try to guess which is which if you like.

This is a weird decision to make, honestly; on one hand, I don’t care at all; my feelings about my house are not going to be changed by the color of the new roof, which is going to be an improvement over the old one no matter what, which isn’t falling apart or anything but can definitely see the end of its life from where it is now. If my wife has strong feelings about one of these she’s going to win, because I don’t. I didn’t like the shingles on our current roof and any of the five will be an improvement just from the style– the current roof is set up to look like none of the shingles overlap each other, almost like brickwork, and I’ve never really been a fan.

On the other hand, there’s nothing my obsessive-ass brain loves more than obsessing over minutiae, and the distinction between those five is minor enough to qualify, I think. I look forward to thinking deeply about what each of these colors Says About Me and which matches better with the color of our house and– ooh– I can’t be copying colors from the neighbors, either, so I need to go actually look at the roofs of their houses, because right now I don’t have the slightest idea what color anyone else’s roof is, but I can’t possibly have the same color.

So. What do you think? What should my roof look like? Feel free to pretend you have strong opinions and defend them vociferously if you like.

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Luther M. Siler

Teacher, writer of words, and local curmudgeon. Enthusiastically profane. Occasionally hostile.

8 thoughts on “In which I outsource

  1. Umm… what’s the colour of your house generally? Like, some type of brick? In Oz we don’t use shingles at all except on pet enclosures, and it is weird and green. Our three main roofing types are corrugated iron, terracotta, and slate tiles. Also agree about solar although with your winters I’m not sure how useful they’d be…

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    1. White siding with mint-green accents. So really any of those would look fine; the colonial slate is probably closest to the current color. We are looking into solar, but the roof has to go on first regardless. 🙂


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