Choosing the perfect roof colour for your home
Choosing a colour scheme for your roof is not always simple. Whether you are installing slate, metal or asphalt shingles, there are many tints. And for each colour available, there are a number of combinations and shades. Remember, your roof has to serve you for the next 20-30 years. So choose wisely! Here are some factors to consider when picking your roof’s colour.
Light vs Dark Roof colours
When it comes to heat retention, many people are torn between dark colours and light colours. One roofing study concluded that on a hot sunny day, the sheathing beneath black shingles was 10-degrees warmer than in a white shingled roof. However, the study found the minimal difference between other roof shades (browns and greys). Our advice is to select the roof colour you love since you are going to live with it for long.
Pick colours based on your brick
When picking a roof colour, remember that shingles and paint can always be altered, but bricks are permanent. Begin by comparing shingle colours to the brick, then move to the siding. You can choose a roof shingle colour that coordinates your brick and siding.
Compare exterior paint colours to roof materials
If you are planning to change the exterior look, compare the new paint to the roofing or shingle samples. Visit the hardware store, buy a footboard and coat it with the new colour. Place the board next to the colours on your home and next to the roofing materials you are considering.
Complementary colour choices
These add dimension to a roof. One of the worst roof colour mistakes we’ve seen is when a homeowner picks a hue that perfectly matches the brick or siding. It ends up being a boring, lifeless colour scheme. Therefore, try to complement colours rather than matching them exactly.
Tone down your exterior
If the rest of your house is busy (multiple paint colours or multicolour stone facades), you will need to choose a toned-down colour. Too many colours and patterns overwhelm the eyes. Anyway, if your house has a monotone look, a bright colour can add curb appeal.
View roof shingles in every type of light
When using roofing samples to complement or match your home’s exterior colours, look at the shingles both in the shade and in the sun (a tip from https://www.dragonroofing.com.au). Place the sample in a bright area where the brick colours meet the siding, then wait and watch the same sample when it is shaded. Make sure the exterior house colours blend well in all lighting.
Consider your home’s resale value
A bold, bright colour may suit your taste, but it is not everyone’s cup of tea. We’ve seen houses where the buyers like the interior but loathe the roof. So ditch bright colours and go with neutral roofing materials. Green shingles look great, but if it turns off most of your buyers, you could have a hard time selling your house. A bold, rich colour is perfect if you plan to stay put. It adds charm and character. (Now look for a roof painter to do the rest).