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This post was prompted by recent comments in another thread in the Construction Techniques topic section. The topic was horizontally seamed steel roofing versus standing-seam. As an example of some of the variety exhibited here in Japan, I went out onto my veranda this afternoon and took these first six pictures:
This is my nearest neighbor to the north. The main house was built 4-5 years ago, and is roofed with the same kind of horizontal-seam steel (probably Galvalume) as our house. In contrast, the out-building below it is roofed with an inexpensive kind of standing-seam sheet metal called totan, generally rendered as galvanized or zinc-plated steel. In contrast to the newer Galvalume products, the surface of totan roofs requires frequent repainting.
A closeup of the standing-seam roof on the outbuilding. The brick red color is also fairly "standard" here.
Our neighbor to the east also has a conventional Japanese-style single-storey house with the same kind of standing-seam totan roof:
Just to the north of the house above, a relative of theirs has a house with mixed roofing style; the part on the right side is the original post-and-beam structure and is roofed in traditional clay tile. The section on the left was, I believe, added later, and appears to be roofed in horizontal-seam metal.
Pulling the zoom back a bit shows two more traditional houses in the distance at left and right with clay tile roofs:
Finally, to the northwest one can see a jumble of housing with equally varied roofing styles including traditional clay tile on a hip roof; standing-seam metal; horizontal-seam metal; and possibly a faux slate roof (the green, triangular roof at the right side); it might also be horizontal-seam metal roof, however. I should note that faux-slate style, called "Colonial" here, is also fairly popular.
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