Picking new roof for your home is not always an easy decision. In addition to the many materials, such as metal, slate and asphalt, there are numerous colors and shades to choose from. Considering most families will not replace their roof for 20-30 years, color matching your roof to your existing home is critical.
When choosing your roof color, first consider the climate. It’s been proven that the color of your roof can make a significant difference in the amount of energy used to heat or cool your home. In fact, roof color can affect your attic temperature by nearly 30 degrees. Lighter colored shingles help reflect sunlight and keep your home cooler. On the other hand, dark shingles absorb heat and helps keep homes warmer. Dark shingles also help to melt ice and snow off your roof during the winter.
Next, consider the color of your brick or siding. Always start by matching your brick color. Siding, shutters, and paint colors are easily changed, but brick and stone is permanent. In general, gray or blue houses look well with gray or black roofs. A mix of brown and cream shingles work well with brown, cream, and tan homes. Yellow, red, and green homes offer greater color flexibility.
Avoid a roof that closely matches the color of your home. Colors that too closely match lead to a monotone look that deters from your home’s curb appeal. Complementary colors create a much more unified and visually appealing home. Another point to remember is that a home with too many colors and patterns looks busy and distracting. If your home has multicolored brick or stone, avoid a busy roof pattern. Contact us today for all your roofing needs. Our experience and friendly staff is here to help!