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Posted by  JWmHarmon on November 15, 2002 at 19:22:57:

In Reply to:  Roofing Shingle Color posted by Sandra Sanoski on November 11, 2002 at 22:07:42:

I would assume that your "simple inner city Victorian Workman's Cottage (circa approx. 1905)" originally had slate shingles. Slate came in a variety of colors and shades. Since there is probably no way of knowing what the original color was, it really is your choice whether you use the darker or the lighter shingle. It most likely will make little difference if you use the darker or lighter shingles.

In 1905 era houses one would often see slate shingles arranged with two to five rows of one style, such as rectangular shingles, then several rows of a different style of shingle, such as hexagonal, then two to five rows of the first row of shingle. Soemtimes these were of slightly different colors. Usually the different styles were close to the same color.

I have seen this done with asphalt shingles using the same style but different colors. This can make an interesting roof.

You could use a few rows of the darker shingles, then some rows of the lighter shingles, then the darker shingles again.

If you are interested in this idea you could purchase a bundle of each and lay a few out on the roof to get a good idea of what it would look like.

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