Picking the Right Shingle Color for Your Roof
Whether it’s shingles or tiles, the color theory still applies when choosing the right hue for your rooftop.
Why Your Roof Color Matters
Your roof color choice is key in its appearance. If you want to add some major curb appeal and boost the value of your home, selecting the right hue will provide the visual harmony needed to be pleasing to the eye. Although they’re always a safe bet, don’t limit yourself to neutrals. The following tips will help you select a shingle that makes your home shine.
Tip One: Consider Your Siding and Shutters
Coordinating your siding and shutters with your roof will make it look its best and it’s the most important thing you should consider since your siding takes up the majority of your home’s visual presentation. Whether it’s brick or siding, the exterior of your home should work with your roof to be coordinated and appealing. Although it may seem as these two can match, you want them to be opposite to provide contrast and add distinction. For example, a dark brown roof works beautifully on a beige home, whereas a red roof on a white house will make it pop with personality. Take a look at this list for some more expertly combined palettes:
Red siding- Red brick and siding look best with black, dark brown, dark green and grey roofs.
White siding- White homes should opt for a brown, black, green, gray or red roof.
Gray siding-If you’ve got a gray home choose black, dark grey, dark blue, or a dark green roof.
Beige/tan- Add some flavor to a beige home with a dark blue or green, brown or black roof.
Brown siding- Don’t be boring when it comes to brown. Dark homes look beautiful with green, blue, black, charcoal or even light brown roofs.
Blue siding- There’s nothing blue about it. Black, brown gray and even white look right at home on a blue house.
Tip Two: Consider a Blended Shingle
Instead of just a solid hue, blended shingles combine many variants of complimentary colors to add dimension and pattern. Blended shingles are particularly attractive when you have plain siding and want your home to look more interesting. Rather than opt for a solid black roof on a brown home, go for a blended shingle flecked with tan and green to enhance the depth of your home and to give your roof some pizazz.
Tip Three: Balance Your Home with Light or Dark Shingles
Look at the size and the architecture of your home and keep the following key points in mind when selecting the right color for your roof. Dark colors draw attention and light hues distract. Since many ranch homes are long and sprawling a medium hue fits just right. A multi-level home looks best with a darker shingle and helps the house appear more substantial. You don’t want your roof to dominate your home or make it look smaller than it is, so strike the ideal balance when considering the color of your roof.
Tip Four: Complement Your Home’s Setting
Certain roof colors just look best in different environments. A green roof will always look at home on a rustic wood cabin, and a traditional downtown home looks formal and stately when topped with a black or dark brown roof. If you need home design ideas, drive around your neighborhood and check out some of the other houses and you’ll start to see the difference between a complimentary or an unattractive roof.
The Color of Your Home Has Many Advantages
More than just visual appeal, the color of your roof matters because it can also affect your heating and cooling bill. Because dark roofs absorb the heat, they’re ideal in cold climates. Light and neutral roofs play best where it’s warm.
Whether you’re wanting help choosing a complimentary shingle color or need annual roof maintenance, Heritage Construction will help you make the most of your roof. Your home only has one, and it makes an unforgettable first impression and increases your home’s value when it looks its best. Contact us to schedule a free roof consultation and get the roof of your dreams.