Tips to Consider When Choosing a Replacement Roof Color
If it’s time to replace your current roof, there’s no doubt a lot going through your mind. From what kind of roofing materials to use to like shingles to drainage options and flashing concerns, replacing your roof can be a daunting project usually reserved for professionals.
Regardless of whether you’re hiring a contractor or tackling a roof replacement project on your own, this is a great opportunity to change how your home looks, especially when it comes to its color schemes. Choosing a color can be difficult; after all, you’ll want to enjoy the color for the next decade or more.
In this blog, we’ll look at some factors to consider when picking a color for your home’s new roof.
Geography and Climate
Geography and climate matter!
Aesthetic appeal aside, the color of your roof greatly affects the temperature of your home’s attic. By default, this affects how much you will be paying on your heating and cooling bill every month. If you’re looking to reflect light, it would be best to consider a lighter shade for your roof. Lighter colors will help keep your home’s attic and overall temp cooler during summer months, so you’re not having to crank up the A/C as much. Conversely, dark colors absorb more heat meaning that your home will be warmer during winter months. Consider the climate that you live in and the temperatures that you experience most often and select a roof color that will contribute the most to you and your family’s comfort.
Color of Your Home
Don’t forget to take your home’s current exterior palette into context when deciding on the color of your roof replacement. The last thing you want is for your roof’s color to stick out or overwhelm your home’s color. If you’re having a tough time, try taking into context the colors of your windows and your window trim – a good rule of thumb is picking a color that complements your window’s colors. Many homeowners choose colors that contrast. Often, contrasting colors can compliment each other well. A word of warning – your roof is one of the largest surfaces of your home, so choosing a very bright or bold shade might not be the best choice.
Another factor to consider when choosing the color of your home is the kind of architectural style that your home has. This is because not all colors go well with all architectural styles. For example, traditional-style homes often look best with darker color roofs. On the flip side of the coin, non-traditional home styles can benefit from brighter colors. If your home is made of brick with a uniform red tone, various shades of grey, brown, and black look great.
Remember that lighter colors tend to make your home look larger, while darker colors have the opposite effect. If your home is on the smaller side and you want it to look a little larger, consider choosing a lighter shade for your home’s roof.
Resale and Neighborhood
If you’re like many homeowners, there’s a chance that you are going to sell your home sometime in the future. When picking your replacement roof’s color, try to think about colors that would be attractive to a potential buyer. Going for more traditional colors may be a good idea, versus something like a bright orange.
Also, if you live in a neighborhood, make sure you check your HOA requirements on home color. If you don’t have to worry about an HOA, remember to be mindful of your neighbors. You don’t want to stick out for the wrong reasons!
A Professional’s Opinion
Part of our job here at Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI is helping our clients pick the right colors for their roof, their siding, and their window trim. It would be our pleasure to meet you at your home to discuss the best color scheme for your roof, as well as your siding and trim. We’ve seen some beautiful homes and some not so beautiful homes over our years in this industry and can offer our expertise not only on color schemes but on replacing your entire roof.