The Cross House

Roofing the House. Part 3.

In Part 2 of the roofing adventure, Marilyn commented:

“If you are using Tamco shingles, their website allows you to upload a picture of your house and then “apply” different shingles.”

Really? Cool!!!!!!

Thanks Marilyn!

So, off to I went!

It was pretty easy. The modeling tool however is not very sophisticated so I could not CURVE the shingles to fit the round shape of the tower, but you get the idea.


Rustic Slate. Still my favorite.


Forest Green.


Thunderstorm Grey.


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Glacier White. I know, you are thinking: WHAT????? Explanation below.



The Cross House has many roofs, and of all shapes and sizes. The huge main roof is covered in 1940s Asbestos diamond-shaped tiles. Yes, Asbestos. You can see the Asbestos tiles in the lower right of each of the above images.

A retired roofer told me four things about such tiles:

1) They will last till the end of time.

2) They are not dangerous if kept in place.

3) Over the decades, he removed countless such roofing, and always against his recommendation. He said: “Ten, fifteen years later, when it came time to re-roof again, people always regretted tearing off the Asbestos tiles.”

4) Asbestos tiles can be stained a color!

So, I plan to leave the main roof alone. This means that the two towers will get re-roofed, all the porch roofs, and the rear extension roof.

Thus, as part of the What To Select decision, I really should keep in mind the Asbestos roofing:

  • Ideally, I would want the new shingles to complement the Asbestos shingles (hence image #4, Glacier White). But this means that all the roofs will be…boring. Sigh.
  • I could stain the Asbestos to match the new shingles, although this is something I would rather avoid.
  • I could just have the new roofing not match the Asbestos roofing. I kinda lean in this direction, crazy guy that I am. And Rustic Slate does look OK with the Asbestos.

Well, what gets your vote?

5 Responses to Roofing the House. Part 3.

  1. I’m with you. And I agree that staining the asbestos would look better… but you have so much else to do that you can put it off. I assume it would be a maintenance burden forever once you do. So get through the deferred maintenance first!

  2. I like the green too. It fits with all the multicolor on the house. Gray – eewwww!!!!!!
    And if you pick Thunderstorm, I’ll shoot you myself.

  3. Women dress men in Gray so they are used to it. Me – I’ll take pink, purple , chartreuse, nice bright Un mouse like color.

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