Picking The Right Roof Color

When you are building or redoing your home, you probably spend hours choosing the color of the brick or siding. You examine many samples and think about how your choice is going to "hold up" after looking at it for years. Your attention to the exterior may falter, however, when it comes to choosing the right color for your roof. You need to spend as much time and effort on this choice as you do on the other construction materials so that you do not ruin the look of your home.

Color Samples

When you are picking a color for your roofing, you need to bring along a sample of your exterior wall color. If you can bring a brick, do so. If you have vinyl siding, try and bring along a piece of that as well. If you are changing the color of the walls and getting new roofing, paint a board with the new wall color and bring it along. Just "eyeballing" the roofing colors and choosing according to your memory is a recipe for disaster.


Your color choice should also reflect your climate if at all possible. If you live in a warm climate, you should choose a light color in order to reflect the sun's rays. A home located in a cold climate will do better with darker shingles that hold in the warmth. Experts say that your color choice can impact the temperature in your attic by as much as 20 to 40 degrees. 


With brick or slate exteriors, in particular, you need to identify the "cast" of the materials. Most colors are not "flat," meaning that they are not just one color. For instance, reds can have either a blue or orange cast to them. If you choose a blue/gray shingle for your orange-red brick, the effect will not be harmonious. If you take a sample with you, as recommended, you should take it outside into natural sunlight so you can correctly identify the cast.

Roof color can make or break the look of your home. You can choose a "perfect" exterior color and then ruin it with the wrong roofing, an expensive mistake to make. Take your roof as seriously as you take your walls. Make sure to consider cast and climate when you choose your shingles or roof tile; otherwise, you may be unhappy with the overall look of your home. For more information, contact a company like Urethane Foam Consulting & Services.