Picking the best roofing color for your home is about more than personal preference. It adds value to your home’s curb appeal and aesthetic value. In other words, choosing the right roof can make a big difference in the long run, especially if you plan on selling your home in the future.
Here are a few tips and tricks from our residential roofing team to help you make the right choice:
Understanding Dark vs. Light Roofs
Believe it or not, the color of your roof can have a serious bearing on heat retention, making it one of the first and most important steps in the selection process. According to one federally funded study, wood under black shingles was at least 10 degrees hotter than wood under a white roof. This means darker roofs tend to attract more heat. If that’s a problem for you, steer away from black and near-black roofing colors.
Pair “Busy” Siding with a Simple Roof
If your house is brick or another multi-color surfaces, consider a monotone roof. On the other hand, if your house is one color, consider a “busier” color for your roofing. More importantly, avoid pairing two multicolored surfaces with each other. Two multicolored surfaces with detract from each other, not enhance the appearance of your home.
Painting Is Easier Than Replacing Brick
Pick the roof you like, but make sure it complements the rest of your home – especially permanent features like stone or brick. The best way to do this is to compare the sample shingling to your brick or stone before making a final decision. Unlike brick, painted surfaces can be changed easily. In fact, painted surfaces (like doors and shutters) can be changed much easier than your roof too, so don’t pick the color of your roof based on them.
Avoid Matching Your Roof and Siding
Generally speaking, it’s best to choose roofing / siding colors that complement each other. In other words, don’t choose the exact same shade of brown for your roofing and your siding – it won’t look as cohesive as you think it will. The most visually appealing siding and roof combinations are complementary colors, or opposites. The colors should complement each other, not compete.