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A teaser for you…

The roof is finally going on.  Which means…skylights are going in too!  No new gutters up just yet but she’s getting there.  So far, Handy Hubby and I are ecstatic with the results.  The metal roof is looking better than we had imagined.  We know it’s not everyone’s taste but we’re glad we went with our intuition on this one.

Even neighbors who were originally put off by our idea to have a metal roof installed are now intrigued.  The roofing company that’s doing the install has already had a request to give an estimate for a metal roof on another house in our neighborhood.  The Underdog may not be the only metal-roofed house in the ‘hood for long!

More Underdog updates on the way.  Stay tuned…

image:  Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

33 Comments

18.October.2011

love it so far! can’t wait to see the big reveal!

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18.October.2011

Nice! I thought it would look cool, but it is also better than I imagined :-)

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18.October.2011

love it!!! I think you mentioned in a previous post that you are not painting the brick but I think it would complement your new roof if the house was painted a “housetweaking” shade of grey :)

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replied on October 18th, 2011

Dana C. – Due to insufficient ventilation in the brick {i.e. no weep holes}, our home inspector strongly suggested that we NOT paint the brick exterior. It could lead to mold and mildew problems down the road – not to mention problems with the paint bubbling/peeling. However, that does not mean I’m against painting brick. So many of my inspiration photos are of painted brick homes! If we could do it responsibly, I’d paint that brick in a heartbeat. We are seriously contemplating a lime-washed application over the brick though. It will give the house a clean white appearance but is breathable so we’d avoid all of those moisture issues. Covering the brick exterior is on our long-term ‘maybe’ list. We’ll see…

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18.October.2011

It looks so sleek and clean. I love it. I cannot wait to see how the Underdog turns out. I always tune in to what updates you have on your blog and YHL as well. I get inspired by you guys!! By the way I love your floorplans for opening up the kitchen, I am sure its going to be amazing and I love how its the center of the house. Cannot wait!!!!!

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18.October.2011

It’s interesting how different materials are “standard” in different parts of the world. Here in Australia, metal roofs are standard choice. There is nothing like the sound of rain on a tin roof. And where would we be if we couldn’t say “they were behaving like a cat on a hot tin roof”! Well done, looking good!

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18.October.2011

That looks gorgeous! Serious roof envy over here. :)

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18.October.2011

Wow! The teaser photo looks great and I can’t wait to see the rest. I want more!!!! :-)

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18.October.2011

Oooo teaser indeed. Can’t wait to see the rest.

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18.October.2011

I can’t wait to see how your metal roof turns out and hear how you feel about it after a few months with it. My guy’s been pushing to go the way of the metal roof (though we don’t need a new roof anytime soon *fingers crossed*), and I’m intrigued, but I like to do a lot of research before I do something big like this. :)

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18.October.2011

Looks AWESOME! OMGosh…you make me wish I had an “underdog” to redo…:)

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18.October.2011

Very nice. We are going to be building a home in the next 2-3 years and a metal roof is in the top 5 of my must-haves. Cannot wait to see the Underdog. I am getting a lot of inspiration.

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19.October.2011

I love it so far ! What color are going to be the gutters : they’ll match the roof ? the walls ? the windows ?
PS : have you seen in Young House Love, they chose the same tile (the one with little rounds in it) for their kitchen stove wall !

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I love it! I’ve always had a thing for metal roofs. And a lime treatment on the exterior brick would look so neat if you can do it.

We have a brick front wall on our house that we were going to paint. Our house concrete block construction (Florida) and the brick is just applied on the outside of the concrete for decorative purposes. I’ll have to ask our inspectors/architects if there is an issue with painting. I had no idea it could be a potential problem. Thanks for mentioning that.

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19.October.2011

My husband and I were recently in Iceland, where everyone has metal roofs in all kinds of colours – I think they look great and you can’t beat the piece of mind that come with them. I can’t wait to see the rest of your reveal!

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We went back and forth over painting our brick as well. I did a lot of research and found opinions were 50/50 either way ( as with most internet research). So we went with our gut and painted it. So far so good. We used a Behr paint/primer in one product and it went on easily with our sprayer and touches up well with rollers and brushes. The paint wouldn’t come off my hands at all even with serious scrubbing so I am confident it won’t bubble or come off the house. Our brick was really ugly so we had to cover it with siding or paint it to make it look good.

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19.October.2011

I can’t wait to see the full reveal! And I love your idea to possibly do a lime-wash application over the brick! A lot of people told me I was nuts to paint my brick front steps, but it is much more our taste with it done. I think whatever you pick will be fabulous! Patiently waiting for more updates. :)

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19.October.2011

I love the way the metal roof looks on your house. We are seriously considering a metal roof, although we do not have a pitched roof, rather a flat roof with a slight grade for draining. When we first bought our house, I kept trying to align the artwork with the ceiling. Everything was crooked until my husband pointed out that our ceilings slant ever so slightly toward the back of the house because the roof slants. Not sure how I missed that… At any rate, I think metal would be a great option for us, too.

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That looks great! I can’t wait to see the final product!

Out of curiosity, how does a metal roof stand up to things like hail storms?

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replied on October 20th, 2011

Jess – Hail will dent the metal but {unless it’s like basketball-sized or something crazy big} hail won’t affect the integrity of the metal like it does to asphalt shingles. The home/barn I grew up in as a child has had the same metal roof on it for 30+ years and has seen its share of storms and hail but is still looking and functioning great!

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19.October.2011

Love the metal roof! Quick Question: Do you need to replace it every so often, like asphalt tiles…or is it a “once and done” sort of thing?

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replied on October 20th, 2011

Bryn – The Everlast roof we are having installed typically lasts 50+ years. We don’t plan on having to replace it during our lifetime.

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19.October.2011

Love the sneak peek and can’t wait to see it finished! I also love the idea of a limewash with a metal roof. After years of clipping inspiration photos from shelter mags, I realized that so many of my favorites featured that combo! Thanks for sharing your adventure. It is fun to follow along!

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19.October.2011

Wow! So excited to see more! :-)

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19.October.2011

Love it so far! Can’t wait to see the whole thing.

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19.October.2011

Do you know if it will be really loud in your house when it rains (or hails)? I remember being inside a pole barn working with horses when it rained and the sound of the rain on the metal roof made it hard to even talk. It got really loud. Of course there wasn’t any insulation or anything, just a metal roof above our heads.

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replied on October 20th, 2011

Torey – The newer metal roofs aren’t loud like a typical barn’s metal roof. With proper installation and insulation, our roof shouldn’t be too loud when it’s raining. I’ll have to take some audio of it to share one day when it’s raining! I did grow up in an older home/barn with a metal roof that was crazy loud when it rained but I loved it. I’ve never been afraid of storms; in fact, I love them. So if we get a little tinkling, I won’t mind.

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That roof looks awesome!

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I should also mention that we power washed the heck out of the brick before painting and let it dry for several weeks (mostly because we procrastinated on the painting).

Metal roof looks great!

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19.October.2011

LOVE IT! It looks great! Like when someone finally gives up their favorite pair of jeans and buys a new dark pair. It is amazing the change that made!

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20.October.2011

Looks even better than your inspiration pictures!

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20.October.2011

You’ve totally sold me on the metal roof. I loved the inspiration photos you first shared and the teaser photo is looking great. We are also in Ohio and will have to replace our roof in the next 5 years….I’m thinking METAL!!

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20.October.2011

Such a tease! I can’t wait for the full reveal! Seriously, until you mentioned a metal roof I didn’t even know they were an option. Now I am obsessed. Do you know — are they heavier than a standard roof? Did you have to do a special structural assessment before you installed it?

Again, can’t wait! Every step of the underdog has been so inspirational!

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