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Posted by  JWmHarmon on September 07, 2002 at 14:20:50:

In Reply to:  1968 Ranch roof suggestions posted by Scott (ATL) on September 05, 2002 at 19:37:52:

Check to see if the gap between roof sheathing and eave is provided to allow air to circulate. Usually the air space is provided under the soffit with either perforated soffit material or with a strip that allows air to flow. There should be vents either along the ridge or at the ends of the roof to allow hot, moist air to escape. Sometimes the air escapes through capped roof vents or fans.

Color is usually whatever your own preference happens to be. Muted reds, black or dark grey, and dark green shingles often look good with grey or silver gray siding.

Have you ever considered using multiple colors of roof shingles? One could intermix them randomly or arrange them in rows, either wide or narrow. One could even arrange them in a zig-zag pattern. This idea was often done with slate shingles in the early 20th century with differently cut shingles. One, two or three rows of one kind and then several rows of another kind. Usually they were of the same color.

On my own house I used four rows of brown shingles then four rows of lighter brown with tan flecks alternating up the roof. The darker granules of the lighter shingles are the same shade as the lighter granules of the darker shingles. I like the effect of a banded or striped roof.

A combination of black and gray might look attractive on your roof.

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