Have you ever looked up at your roof and thought, “You know what? Those tiles aren’t really my style.” You’re well within your rights to feel that way, and you can do something about it! You shouldn’t limit your home’s expressiveness to just its interior. After all, your roof accounts for 40% of your house’s exterior and it’s a huge opportunity for you to make a statement.
However, don’t forget! This is a decision that requires a lot of thought. Read on for which key things you should consider when picking your roof’s new color.
Does This Color Reflect Your Personal Style?
As mentioned earlier, a home should be as much of an expression of its owner as it can be. Get in touch with home designers in your area and check out the wide variety of shingles to choose from. Don’t be afraid, keep an open mind in the beginning. In the early stages, you’re exploring all the possibilities. However, some materials have a wider selection of colors than others. For instance, asphalt shingles always have a vast array of colors to choose from.
Does This Color Complement Your Home’s Architectural Style?
According to a few roofing experts, certain roof colors are better suited for certain architectural styles. For instance, according to Gerard Roofs, darker roofs are better suited for modern homes. They also write that red or clay roofs complement Mediterranean-styled & traditional houses. We recommend getting input from an experienced home designer. They can advise you on whether these rules should be followed, bent, or broken.
Does This Color Match the Rest of the Neighborhood?
With your roof, you’re welcome to go all out for the sake of individuality. However, you don’t want a roof that sticks out like a sore thumb. So, walk around your neighborhood and take everything in. Mention your observations to your roofer and home designer. In fact, take pictures if you must. Then, this will help you narrow down your selections. Once you’ve nailed down a color, you can go for the material that gives your home the highest resale value and curb appeal.
How Long Will This Color Last?
When you’re picking your roof’s new colors, you should pay close attention to the warranty. You want to make sure that you’re not sacrificing long-term value for something as trivial as picking a particular color. Pick a color and material that is durable enough to withstand the summer’s UV radiation and the heavy snow and ice fall that comes in the winter.
Are There Any Regulations That Prohibit This Color?
Before giving the go-ahead on any installations, you want to make sure that your color is in line with any codes your state or county imposes on homeowners. Speak with your home designer, roofer, or neighbors to find out if there are any regulations that prohibit you from changing your roof’s shingles to a certain color.
Are the Colors Consistent Throughout the Day?
You don’t want the unwelcome surprise of finding out your shingles look completely different on your roof than you thought they would. To avoid this, we recommend placing color swatches and sample shingles outdoors to find out if their appearance differs throughout the day. If you like what you see, you’re good to go. If the difference is too stark, ask to check out different shades of your chosen color or different colors altogether.
Once you’ve made your selection, you’ll need a licensed roofer to handle your new shingles installation. Get in contact with us for a free inspection, we’ll assess your roof’s structure and point out any underlying issues that might compromise your roof’s health in the long run.