Your roof color says a lot about you and your home. It is a representation of your style and taste. It shows how well your house fits in (or stands out) from your neighbors’ homes. You need to love your roof color and not just tolerate it because you are stuck with your color choice for the next 30-50 years. Here is how to go about the process of choosing your roof color.
Consider the climate
If you live in a cold climate area, chose darker colors as they absorb heat making the house warm. Dark roofs also help melt the ice and snow from your roof. Those in hot climates should opt for lighter colors as they reflect the sun making your home feel a bit cooled. The choice of your roof color does determine your energy bills. Keep that in mind.
Coordinate with other elements of the home
Choose colors that complement other elements of your home such as bricks, stones, sidings or stucco. That does not mean you go for the same color. You will end up with a monotone feel which is boring. Pick a color that compliments, not matches, the other elements. For example, for a white house, go for a dark gray or black roof. A tan or cream colored home would go well with a brown roof.
What statement do you want to make?
Do you want your home to look trendy or neutral? Those who want to make a trend statement go for color combinations. For example, you can choose a mixture of blacks, blues, and grays. For those who want to stay neutral, creams, brown, blacks, clays or tans are good options for them. If you want to highlight your home’s features, go for high-contrast colors.
Consider the roofing material
The choice of roofing material you go for will also impact your roofing color. That is because some roofing materials offer only a few color options. Take clay, for example, it is traditionally available in tan or red although today you will have a few more choices. Slate also offers a limited range of colors. If you have a particular color in mind, find out if the material you want to use in your roof has that particular shade.
Accentuate your architectural style
The architectural style of your house should also match your roof color choice. A traditional colonial house might not look good with a combination of color as a casual ranch house would. A Spanish style house will look better with a red or orange roof than a black roof.
When you settle for a color, have a look at it in the shade as well as in the sun because colors usually look different in the two scenarios. Do not be too bold with the color. Choose a roof color that is toned down especially if your house has multiple paint colors. The most important thing to remember is that you need to be happy with your choice.