There are many roofing options available, so it can be a challenge to choose the right one. Not only can you choose between metal, slate or asphalt shingles, but there are color and theme choices too! Given that you need to live with your roof for 20 to 30 years, it is a good idea to pick the right color and shade combination. When it comes to selecting the colors for your roof, there are a few things you need to consider.
Dark or light colors
There are general questions regarding dark and light color materials when it comes to heat retention. Studies have found that when plywood sheathing is used under black shingles, they are ten degrees warmer than when white shingles are applied. When grey or brown shades are used, there was little difference in heat retention discovered. Ideally, you want to pick a color that you are going to be happy with for a long time.
Don't ignore the brick
You can always paint shutters or walls, but your blocks will stay one color. When choosing roofing colors, it is wise to select a shade that compliments the bricks. Start with a few samples and then you can see how those matches fit with your siding or paint colors.
Exterior paint matters
When the theme of your house is not an issue, you may decide to change the colors of your home. In this instance, be sure to match a new paint color to your shingle samples. The best way to do this is to get a 2-by-6 foot board painted with your chosen color and lay the board next to your roofing material selection.
Add dimension to your roof
It is a common mistake to choose a roof color that almost perfectly matches the siding or brick. What you end up with is a monotone looking house with no character. Avoid a lifeless appearance and pick colors for your roof that compliment the siding rather than match it.
Tone down the exterior
If your house is starting to look multicolored and busy-toned, you will want to choose shingles with more toned-down colors. If there are too many patterns and colors, onlookers will be overwhelmed, but a toned down, more gentle appearance, is welcoming and boosts curb appeal.
Before picking a final shingle option, be sure that you have looked at it both in the sun and the shade. You want to view the shingle next to the brick and siding while all are in direct sunlight, and then wait to recheck the sample when the house is shaded. You want all exterior house colors to blend in all lighting.
Consider resale value
You need to remember that just because you like a bold brightly colored roof, does not mean that everybody else will. If you ever plan to sell your house, it is best to choose a neutral shingle color to protect resale value. There have been cases where potential buyers love a house's location and interior but have walked away because of a roof. However, if you plan to stay put, then a bold roof color can make a statement and add character.
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