A roof is typically considered a utilitarian asset to your home. However, your roof color also has the potential to add or detract a significant amount of aesthetic value to or from your home. This makes the already weighty decisions you must make when replacing your roof even more important, as the color, materials and style you pick will impact your home’s curb appeal. When choosing a new roof, take the following points into consideration to help you choose the perfect look to compliment your house.
Consider the style of your home.
The style of your home should heavily influence the colors you consider for your roof. Traditional homes typically look best with a dark neutral, while a French country house may look beautiful with an earthy green. Of course, a dark, rusty red almost always completes the look of a Mediterranean home.
Don’t be too matchy.
Matching your roof color too closely your exterior wall color will result in a boring, monotone look. Strive for complimentary colors, not matching. Which brings us to our next point …
Find inspiration in similar homes.
When looking at other homes for inspiration, try to find houses in a similar style and size to your own. This helps you avoid falling in love with a certain roof color that looks amazing on one home, but doesn’t turn out well on yours. For example, you may see a photo of a smaller home with a dramatic, dark roof that looks stunning. If you put that same color on a large, highly visible roof with a steep pitch, the home will look too dark and gloomy.
Ask about roof color change.
Many roofing and exterior wall materials change color over time. Before choosing your colors, ask to see examples of what the roofing and siding will look like in a few years to avoid the unpleasant surprise of a home with two different colors than what you originally pick out that in no way compliment each other.
Pay attention to lighting.
Look at the color you are considering in different lighting before making your decision. This tip is especially helpful in choosing the perfect color once you have your choices narrowed down to two or three.
If you don’t plan to resale your home in the foreseeable future, you may not need to think about resale as much, but if you plan to sale your home before the roof will need to be replaced, pick a classic color that the majority of buyers will like.