Guidelines & FAQs: NEW ROOFS

Traditionally, all homes in our neighborhood had cedar shake roofing shingles.  These look beautiful, helped tie the neighborhood together with a consistent look, and can last a long time if good quality shingles are selected, and if they are installed and maintained properly.  However, while they are still acceptable here, they are a serious fire hazard

Alternatively, most Class A composite/asphalt architectural-grade shingles are acceptable. The Class A refers to the fire rating and is the highest rating. “Architectural” refers to the build-up of layers (2 layers or more) in the shingle; the thicker shingles, with a three-dimensional character for architectural interest and durability, are preferable. Sometimes the product line includes the term “40 or 50 year” shingles; this makes reference to the expected life span, providing regular maintenance as outlined by the manufacturer is performed. It reflects how many layers are in the shingle.  Note that with the high labor costs dominating the installation, it generally makes sense to consider upgrading the quality, so the roof will still look great whenever it becomes time to sell the house. The color should be consistent with those of the existing roofs in our neighborhood. Lighter colors do not fit the Northwest character and will also streak early on due to moss and dirt buildup.

For the right type of roof architecture, we are open to looking at alternative roofing materials, such as standing seam metal for instance.

Whichever you choose, you must contact the Architectural Chair for approval at least 2 weeks before installation begins, using the application on the HHHOA web site.

I see many of the asphalt shingles in the neighborhood have what I’m told are “pumpkin tooth” designs.  I am considering shingles that have a more traditional straight row.  Any problem with that?

No, as long as they are still classified as “architectural”.  That includes having a multilayer construction that adds thickness for durability and visual interest.  Many of those do have a “pumpkin tooth” look to supposedly simulate cedar shakes, but others are meant to simulate, for instance, slate, which would be a straight row.