Picking the Color of Your Roof

Did you know that your roof comprises at least one-quarter of your home’s exterior? Not only that, but you expect a new roof to last a couple decades, if not longer. That’s why it’s important to choose the right shingle color for your new roof, one that you can enjoy for many years to come. Of course, there are several factors you should consider when deciding on the best color for your new roof. Here are some:

Complement the Architectural Style of Your Home

Consider your home’s architectural style. Is it classic, traditional or contemporary? Solid colors, such as naturals, work well on a traditional Colonial-style house, but a ranch-style house can look great with a combination of roof colors. Browns and grays bring out the rustic look of a home or cabin set in a wooded area. Remember, light colors make the home appear larger, and dark colors make it appear smaller.

Cruise around your neighborhood to get an idea of the roof colors on homes similar to yours in exterior, shape or color.

Consider the Climate

The color of your roof not only influences its aesthetics, but if affects your comfort, as well. The roof color can actually alter the temperature of your attic by as much as 40 degrees. A light color reflects sunlight and holds down temperatures, a plus in a warmer climate. Conversely, a dark color absorbs sunlight and aids in melting ice and snow, a definite advantage in a cool climate.

Coordinate with Your Home’s Exterior

Your home’s interior features coordinating colors in its walls, flooring and cabinets. Shouldn’t your exterior do the same? For example, does your exterior feature wooden or vinyl siding, stone, brick or stucco? What color is the trim? Would you rather complement or contrast the colors? For a traditional feel, try for a brown, gray or black roof. Tans or browns go well with a natural-colored siding or stone. Also, you don’t want to match the colors exactly. A house with white siding and shutters with a white roof is nothing other than ho-hum. A mild contrast, such as a natural-colored roof with brown siding, would be better.

For more life, mix roofing colors such as brown and tan or black and gray. However, simplicity is still the best route to take, so try for a pleasing balance that’s neither boring nor complex.

Consider Neighborhood Standards

Be mindful of your neighborhood subdivision or home owner’s association rules. Some associations’ bylaws set strict standards that could cost you dearly if you fail to obey the rules regarding home exterior colors.

Curb Appeal and Resale Value

Even though you might not plan to sell your home in the near future, you may decide to within the next 30 while your shingles should still be in good condition. A potential buyer may not have the same opinion of attractive roof color as you, so avoid a hue that’s exceptionally bright or bold.