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Roof Maintenance and Replacement

Roof maintenance and replacement are the responsibility of the Association. When built in 1978-80, the Association had one color for all the buildings — brown shake. Years later, the current composition roof was installed over the shakes. As part of the 2015 roof replacement project, the Design Review Committee was asked to select a new roof color. The specification for the project as well as the costs used as the basis for the 5‑year special roof assessment were based on a 30‑year roofing material, so the Design Review Committee was provided with a palette of colors specific to 30‑year materials to select from.


Available colors

The available roof palette includes 13 colors. Click on each thumbnail to see a larger view.
desert tan
Desert Tan
onyx black
Onyx Black
estate gray
Estate Gray
quarry gray
Quarry Gray
sierra gray
Sierra Gray
shasta white
Shasta White
harbor blue
Harbor Blue
chateau green
Chateau Green
terra cotta
Terra Cotta
on roof

Comparisons to Existing Roof Color

To compare the new colors to the existing roof color, here are the palette samples on the existing roof. Click the image to the left to enlarge it.

Existing Paint Colors

The exterior paint colors of the Association are:
  • Siding
    • Dark Gray
    • Light Gray
    • Light Tan
    • Tan
  • Trim
    • Brown
    • Charcoal
    • Mauve
    • Prairie Dust

Roof Color Considerations

Although it might have been possible to choose one roof color for Units with gray siding and a second roof color for units with tan siding:
  • The contract as bid by A‑One Roof Management & Construction may only include one color. Adding a second roof color could increase the cost.
  • Even if there is no additional cost, having two different roof colors would have increased the coordination efforts on the project.
  • The result could have looked like a patchwork of buildings rather than one uniform complex.
  • Changing the roof color scheme might have required a vote of the residents. There was controversy when a change to the exterior paint palette was considered. That idea was abandoned after the outcry.
So the Design Review Committee is committed to only one roof color; however, the process allows for two colors to be selected for further evaluation. One color will be selected from the two chosen for evaluation.

Energy Consumption

Our roof replacement project manager, Dan Poe, informed us that although Shasta White was once a popular color for energy consumption reasons, that is no longer the case even though Owens Corning continues to market the material that way.

Community Input

As part of the selection process, a request for input was emailed to the community. Community members provided input in response:
  • Amber — lighter than current color (1 vote)
  • Desert Tan — might only go well with tan units (1 vote)
  • Brownwood — might clash with the gray units (1 vote)
  • Teak — closest to existing color (has specs of gray and brown) (8 votes)
  • Driftwood — just slightly lighter than existing color (has specs of gray and brown) (9 votes)
  • Onyx Black — will change the dynamic of the buildings by making them more current in design and enhances both units existing colors and translates into a more polished look (2 votes)
  • Estate Gray — lighter than existing color (might go best with gray units) (9 votes)
  • Quarry Gray (0 votes)
  • Sierra Gray (0 votes)
  • Shasta White (0 votes)
  • Harbor Blue — would clash with the existing siding colors (1 vote)
  • Chateau Green — would clash with the existing siding colors (0 votes)
  • Terra Cotta — would clash with the existing siding colors (1 vote)
One community member was keen to note: "We all bought at Crown Harbor probably without even noticing the color of the roofs. The existing color pattern was acceptable to everyone. Match it a closely as possible, and no one will have any basis to complain. Change the color, and many people will like it, and many will hate it. The committee can only do worse, in my opinion, by changing it."


Committee Decision for Two Samples

  • Today Ellen and I climbed out on her balcony with the roofing sample color palette to compare current roofing material with the prospective new material. Indeed, the current shingles are a combination of gray and brown colors, and when we held the new samples right up against the roof shingles, the current ones appear to most closely resemble the Driftwood color in the new palate.

  • As we also looked out over all the visible roofs at that end of the development, we concluded that we do not think we want to call attention to this large mass by alternating colors for the brown or gray buildings, but rather use one shingle that has both colors in one to create the most integrated look throughout the development.

  • So our recommendation is to use the Driftwood color throughout the development. If we want to also select a second color for comparisons, the Teak color is a bit darker but has both gray and brown colors.

Place Samples on Roofs

A‑One Roof Management & Construction placed two 4‑foot sections on roofs so the community can evaluate them in sunny and shady conditions.

Committee Final Decision

To the Crown Harbor Board,

The Design Review Committee reviewed the two potential roofing color samples recommended in an earlier message, and the final recommendation for roofing color is Teak, which is a combination of both the brown and gray tones of our buildings and is the darker of the two samples.

Scott reviewed Dan Poe's comments on the color selection related to energy consumption and heat reflection and indicated that with today's roofing materials, the net effect of color choice is not significant.

Please let us know if you have any questions or other issues of concern in this selection.

Carol Ansley
Ellen Marshall

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