Tips to choose the best roof color
A new roof is a big-budget project that hugely impacts not only your home’s curb appeal but its value as well. The roof’s color also has a significant effect on the attic’s temperature, which in turn can impact your heating and cooling expenses. For example, light-colored shingle reflect sunlight effectively and can help keep your home cool during the summer.
Whatever color you may choose, it will stay in your home for at least a couple of decades, so getting it right is important. There are many factors that you should keep in mind when choosing the color of your new roof. These include:
The climate in your area
As we said earlier, light colors reflect heat into the atmosphere and dark colors absorb heat. During hot weather, the color of your shingles can change the attic temperature by as much as 20 degrees or even more. This can have a significant impact on heating and cooling costs. If your home spends more time in the heat, a darker roof will make no sense as it will absorb more heat and prevent your attic from becoming cold. So, it is extremely important to choose a roof color based on the climate in your area.
Other exterior components
It is important to consider the current exterior color palette of your home. The new roof should blend well with the exteriors and not stick out like a sore thumb. Check out the colors of the windows, doors, and siding, and choose a color that complements these components.
It is up to you to choose similar or contrasting shades depending on the look you want to achieve. An important thing to keep in mind is that the color you choose should not be too bright or cold. While it may look great when you see the samples but having a bold color on such a large surface area will take away from the overall aesthetics.
Certain color palettes are associated with specific architectural styles. Going too far from these color palettes would make the roof look out of place. For example, for a ranch-style home, it is always better to choose lighter color tones and for a Mediterranean-style home, a red tile roof always works well. However, modern architectural styles are more accommodating when it comes to roof colors, you can get creative and choose from a variety of colors based on aesthetics and personal preferences.
Size of the house
Not many people take into account the size of the house when choosing a roof color but it can make a significant difference to the overall impact the roof creates. For example, a dark roof on a smaller, single-story house will look out of place. On the other hand, a lighter roof on a very large multi-story house will look bland. The goal should be to achieve balance and ensure that the roof accentuates the overall aesthetics.
Other roofs in the neighborhood
Most people want their home to look unique and pleasantly stand out from the other houses in the neighborhood. However, there is a difference between standing out from the crowd and sticking out like a sore thumb. It is always better to look around the neighborhood and stick to similar color tones.
Choosing a very contrasting roof color from the neighborhood could create problems when it comes time to sell it. That is why selecting a color that harmonizes well with the houses and landscape is better.
If you are looking for a replacement roof for your home, get in touch with our team now. Having spent decades in the roofing industry, we can guide you on what kind of roof color will work best for your home and budget.