“Never judge a book by its cover”. If you applied this to real estate—that’s just poor marketing. You can’t just go “Don’t worry about the exterior, I promise the inside looks way better”.
Every part of a house needs to complement each other to achieve a holistic and aesthetically pleasing look. Doing so adds value to any home and promotes an elegant lifestyle.
Unfortunately, one of the most important parts of the house is one that’s mostly overlooked—the roof. We need to consider the types of roofs, their design, and especially the color!
Everybody has their own preference. Some people love the color purple, others blue. But that doesn’t mean you can just paint your roof with your favorite color.
Certain factors need consideration to ensure your new roofs colors complement the overall aesthetic of the house. Think of color theory, the fundamentals that apply to nature, clothes, and even homes.
To help you along, we’ve curated some of the most popular colorways and combinations based on these fundamentals. Here’s a table you can reference when choosing roof colors:
Another factor to consider aside from the house color is your home’s architectural style. For example, Victorian or Colonial styles are perfect for traditional colors.
More rustic or rural homes are more casual. This can be good for wooden, brown, or gray colors. Not only do these colors complement your home but the natural environment you’re in.
There are hundreds of colors to choose from. To make things easier, here are three main roof color categories you can choose from.
Subtle colors have less contrast with other elements of your home. Go for neutral colors if your aim is a more subtle colorway.
Dramatic has more contrast. But, this doesn’t mean that you have to go for the bolder colors. What you can do is use the color wheel or follow color theory to find colors that contrast your house color the most.
You can categorize your colors with cool or warm tones. Cool colors include blue, green, purple, and their variations. Warm colors include orange, red, and yellow.
Colors are typically divided into warm and cool categories. When choosing a color combination for your house, it is usually best to pair cool with cool and warm with warm.
Choosing either cool or warm can affect the vibe of your home. For example, cooler colors give off a sense of calm. Warm colors represent happiness or optimism.
Modern and classic homes are two of the most prevalent designs you’d find. Modern design usually leans toward darker, metallic, or multidimensional colors.
Classic colors use traditional solid colors on the sides of a property, the same goes for the roof. It can also be used with a brighter pallet that complements the roof with other elements.
Choosing from a category helps you get an outline of the color you want to choose for your roof. Now, let’s see what these color combinations look like in person.
Here are great examples of color combinations for your roof that can make any property more aesthetically pleasing.
Grays are neutral colors. It can become the foundation for other colors to be incorporated into both your external and internal designs.
This colorway gives a contemporary and classic design. It won’t clash with whatever environment or landscaping your property is on. But, gray on gray can be dull.
When using these colors, make sure to break up the gray and draw contrast to important aspects of your home you want to be emphasized.
A wooden or brown color combination gives off a cozy “vacation cabin” vibe. It offers a rustic appearance perfect for relaxation and comfort.
Since wood/brown are similar, you’d want additional color elements in the design. Try green or tan colors in your lawn, backyard, or interior peeking out through the windows.
A colorway you shouldn’t be sleeping on is green and dark gray. This combination is a perfect combination for properties with lots of greenery, landscaping, and trees.
Neutral colors are a common theme you’d find across most roof combinations because they work so well together. White and gray offers a light and airy aesthetic, great for hot climates.
Light colors reflect the sun better. They’re welcoming, bright, and like other neutral colorways, allow other color elements to shine without it clashing.
Going with the bolder colors, we have red and dark brown. If you want your home to stand out, this color combination is a must-try.
You can go for shades of red or burgundy with a mix of brown elements. This color combination works because the red brings out the warm undertones of brown.
Consider the roof replacement costs before committing to changing your roof. If you’re looking for a replacement, you might want to choose a roof with a color that has the “Albedo Effect”.
This is when light and heat are reflected off lighter-colored surfaces. The opposite is true for darker colors. Cooler roof colors are far from traditional black roofs.
Roofs furthest from black can decrease their temperatures on a hot day by 50-60 degrees. Meanwhile, fully black shingles can reach 150-175 degrees.
With lighter-colored roofs, your home can be cooler, reducing the need for air conditioning or fans. This can ultimately lead to electricity savings, especially during hot summers.
The color of your roof isn’t only an aesthetic decision, but it can also be a practical one if you consider the “Albedo Effect”. So, before committing to changing your roof color, consider the following:
If you want to make the most out of your investments for your roof, look no further than All County Exteriors. Contact us today!