As the roof makes up a significant portion of your home’s curb appeal, your color choice can either make or break your home’s overall look. A bright red roof may fit a barn in the country, but not likely in an upscale community or neighborhood. 1-800-RITE-ROOF, your roofing company, offers some hints in choosing the right roof colors.
Consider the Neighborhood
The look of your neighborhood can aid you in selecting a roof color. If most homes have a black, white and gray theme, use a shade of gray or black for your roof. Black and gray are often blended with brown, charcoal or tan in a way that inspires modernism.
Use the color wheel to find a cohesive roofing shade for your home color. Balance a light-colored home with a dark roof or vice versa. Upscale locales and subdivisions usually have exterior color restrictions. Know these constraints before shopping for a new roof.
Try Cedar Shakes
Wood roofs can have shades like deep brown, cherry red or honey, which makes them popular roof replacement options. A warm orange color in cedar shakes weathers to a cool silver-gray after a year or so. Always consider the color that you know will last.
Weathered gray goes well with a white Cape Cod bungalow, a classic Victorian and an English Tudor. Cedar shakes are costly, though, and need occasional maintenance, moss-removal and re-oiling. Either way, a wood roof that’s well installed by a good contractor and cared for can last for up to 50 years.
Complement the Brick Home
Whether you have a full-brick home or one with a brick skirt, your roof should do justice to the masonry. From a distance, the colors of a large, multi-tonal surface appear to look one color. From up close, though, you’ll see a myriad of hues in the brick and mortar. A shake or slate roof with a warmer blend of the close-up colors will blend well with the bricks. Use the same roof color selection for a rock or faux stone home.