The roof under which you live is arguably an essential feature of your home’s architectural structure and the one of the most significant visual aspect of the house. With such importance, it is easy to see how the color of the shingles you choose for this part of the home will affect your homes aesthetics, functionality and even comfort.
The best roofing options will last years and even decades, so you don’t want to be stuck with a poor color choice until the roof needs replacing again. The following options will show you how to choose the best color scheme for your homes roof following a few simple guidelines.
- 1. Consider the Climate
The right color of shingle can help you keep the energy expense to the bare minimum. The roof can either reflect heat or absorb this energy, and you can adjust the interior temperatures of the attic by as much as 20°.
So, if you live in a warm climate and want to keep the interior of the home nice and cool, choose a light color that will reflect the heat of the sun. For those living in a colder climate and looking to conserve this warmth, dark colors are your best option.
- 2. Consider the Current Color Scheme
As much as possible try to match the colors of your roof with the schemes already at work in your siding, brickwork and even landscaping. Grey houses and those with blues sidings look great topped with grays and black. Those homes with brown, tan and stone earth tones would look better with cream or brown colored shingles. For houses that are traditionally white, the conservative black is always a nice look.
For those homes with yellow or green exteriors, you will have greater flexibility in the shingles you choose but will find dull colors accentuate bright colors and vice versa. If you have very prominent elements of your garden or landscaping work these into the equation.
- 3. Curb Appeal
If you are already making the change consider how your upgrades can enhance the value of your home. Curb appeal increases the value of the home considerably. Neutral tones are good options as their looks last longer and remain in style. This will help when it comes time to resell. Browns, tans, grays and even black can all be considered neutral colors and excellent options for future resales.
If you are looking for a currently trendy option, consider stepping out and looking for an attractive texture featuring different grays, browns, and tans. Be sure to go over the plans you have with a roofing contractor to ensure they will be the best scheme for your home. Use high contrast colors to accentuate specific parts of the homes and low contrasts to hide them.
- 4. Neighbors
Whenever you make a change of this magnitude be sure to check with your homeowner’s association and neighborhood council to ensure you are not violating any rules. Try not to duplicate the work of anyone else in the neighborhood and be sure that the community is happy with your choice.
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