Increase home value and curb appeal of your home with roofing shingles that complement the overall look of your home. It’s not always easy to choose a color scheme for your roofing materials. Whether installing metal shingles, slate, or asphalt, the choices are numerous. And for every shingle color choice available, there are a plethora of roofing colors & shade combinations. Keep in mind that you will live for the next 20-30 years to your home, so choose the roof colors smartly & wisely!
Here are few essential things to consider when choosing your roof color:
Choose shingles according to your brick.
When choosing a roof color, remember that painted items such as doors and shutter colors can always be changed, but bricks color can’t be changed because they are permanent. Start by comparing color swatches of shingle to brick, then move on to siding or paint colors.
Compare roofing materials to exterior paint colors.
If you consider changing your home’s exterior color, compare the color to the shingle or roofing samples. Go to your nearby local hardware store, buy a 2ft by 6ft board, and paint it the new color. Place the board next to the roofing materials you consider and next to your home’s permanent colors.
See Roofing Shingles in All Light Types
If you use roofing material samples to match or complement your home’s exterior colors, then don’t forget to see roofing shingles in all light types. In a sunny location, place the sample where the brick colors meet the siding & paint colors. Also, do the same to check the sample area when shaded. Make sure all exterior house colors work well together in all lighting.
Dark or light roof colors
When it comes to the heat retention of the roof, many people have asked us which color to choose: dark vs. light colors. According to a study, plywood roof sheathing under black shingles was 10˚F to 15°F warmer than an identical white shingle roof in sunny weather. However, the study found a minor difference between other roof shades (gray and brown)—we advise you to choose the roof color you like. After all, it’s you who are going to have to live with it for a long time.
Choosing complementary colors will add dimension to your roof.
Most homeowners choose a shade that almost perfectly matches the siding or brick, which is the worst decision that they can take for your home’s roof. It ends up being a monotonous, boring, and practically lifeless color scheme. Instead of matching them exactly, always strive to compliment your colors.
Tone up your exterior with a simple shingle color
Rule of thumb: If your home is already occupied with multi-colored brick or stone facades, multiple paint colors, then you’re probably not going to want to get a super brightly colored roof. Either, you’ll wish to choose a muted shingle color. Mixing and matching too many patterns and colors can overwhelm the eyes. However, If you are bored of seeing the monotonous color of your home, add contrast or bold color to your home, which can enhance curb appeal tremendously.
Consider the resale value of your home when choosing a roof.
A bold and bright roof color may be great for your liking, but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. If you have bought the property for the selling purpose, go for neutral-colored shingles to protect your resale value. We have seen houses where buyers like the interior of a home but are discouraged by the roof.
However, if you plan to stay, you can put some bold, rich color on a roof that can add character and charm to your home.
Are you still confused about what roofing color to choose for your Bay Area home? Contact Rockin’ Roofers, Bay Area Roofing Company. We can help you!