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My wife and I live in a small town in south central Wisconsin. Our log home is 23 years old and in need of a roof replacement.

Our current roof is 3-tab asphalt shingles in dark brown.  The gutters and down spouts are also dark brown.  The facia and soffits are white cedar with a stain finish.

Our plan is to remove the existing roof then replace it with Landmark asphalt shingles.  We would also like to replace gutters and down spouts.  In addition, to reduce maintenance, we are considering covering the facia with aluminum.  The facia is actually in very good condition but due to my age (60), I would like not to have to re-stain them ever again; soffits are in excellent condition and would remain as is.

Here is our dilemma.....what color do we choose....Forest Green or Dark Brown or?  My wife and I are leaning toward the green; our daughter says stay with the dark brown?

I've added a couple of pics of our home (best I could get).

We would really appreciate your opinion on color or whatever....

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Tom & Debra Leigl

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A new roof is a new roof and a new roof looks really nice no matter what the color.  That said after looking at your pictures I'd go with the Dark Brown because the Forest Green is going to fade to ugly green after a couple of years of WI winters.  The Dark Brown will fade too, but Dark Brown will just turn lighter brown where as Forest Green will turn Ugly Green.  Your average passerby may not have a concept of ugly green but as a painter I do think ugly green is pretty ugly after a couple years.  It might be a 30 year shingle, but the paint pigment will fade after just a couple years.

Thanks for the comment.  I have seen the Forest Green after it has faded and it does get ugly.  The brown trim that is on there now has also faded but you are correct, it is not ugly.

Thanks again for your comment.....really do appreciate it.


Tom & Debra Leigl

I would go with either Driftwood or Teak , colors by Owens Corning.


Fave color would do.


My wife and I are also going through the motions on this decision...  She is on Colorado Log Home's side, hates green wants brown..  I liked the idea of a green roof, personally.  Would love to see the after pics.

Greetings DMMM:

My wife and I struggled with the color but have now comfortably decided on the green accent.  The roofing contractor is scheduled to be here on Friday of this week or very early next week.  We are going green (nothing to do with environmental).

Best of Luck to you with you decision.


Tom & Deb Leigl

You are going with landmark IR?  Best of luck, enjoy the noise.  I can't wait.

Landmark is our has a pleasing blend of colors which are not dominate roof (former roof is being removed) new fascia, new gutters and down spouts..... 

Deb (wife) and I both want the green.  Youngest daughter was trying to talk us out of the green.....we both want the green and are very confident of our will be GREEN....

Your house looks very nice.  Green will be great.  Take a look at a log home mag.  ALL GREEN ROOFS.  Afraid I may have to give the green roof in order to take other parts of our restore.  

I saw some of your earlier posts.  I restained this year.  Actually sanded all logs that where shagging or in need of repair.  My house is 2800 sq. ft. and I sanded maybe 15% of the logs....took 2weeks but did turn out very nice.  I only sanded areas that needed to be cleaned up.  Very happy with the results. My logs are white cedar.

A few months ago my wife and I were contemplating what color should our new roof be...Brown or Green.

Well......after looking at many online photos, we decided on the Forest Green.  We are very please with our decision.

By the way, a very special "Thank You" to all who contributed to my initial post. Very much appreciate everyone's input.



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