Choose The Right Color For Your Roof

by Editor on June 5, 2013

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How to Choose the Right Color For Your Roof

One of the major benefits of installing a new roof is the opportunity you have to choose the perfect color to match your home. With asphalt shingles, corrugated metal, or rolled roofing, you will have your choice of several colors that will enhance the beauty of your home and increase the aesthetic value. A new roof will not only make your home more stable and secure, but will make it more appealing with the color scheme you’ve always wanted. The following are tips to consider when choosing a color for your new roof.

Existing Color

First, choose a roofing color that matches the color of the rest of your home. Either choose a color that matches the siding or stucco on your home, or one that contrasts in such a way that it sets off the existing paint. Typically, the trim on a home is painted a contrasting color from the main parts of the home, and you can either use your roof to further contrast or blend in better with the main color. Avoid colors that are intended to contrast but are so similar it’s hard to tell a difference.

Terrain Color

After you’ve considered the existing color of your home, think about the color of the terrain that surrounds your home. If you live in a desert or sandy area, you should choose warm colors like browns or other earth tones. If trees surround your home, consider choosing a dark green or blue-toned color for your roof.

Corrugated Metal Color

If you choose to use a corrugated metal for your roof, choose a color that is the same blue as the sky. These roofs are more common in deserts in the West, but can create a beautiful and unique look to a home anywhere. Before choosing corrugated metal, consider the function of your roof. A roof is only beautiful if it functions how it should, and these roofs should only be installed where appropriate.  You dont want to be stuck with a roof thats not appropriate for your area.

Practicality

If you live in Arizona, you don’t want a roof that attracts heat, such as a darker colored roof. Choose a roof that is practical for your area. If you live in a warmer climate, choose a color that retracts heat. If you live in an area that gets colder in the winter, choose colors that will absorb the sun and the heat from it. This can help with your utility bills and the energy consumption in your home.  Also getting a climate appropriate roof can increase the lifespan of it.

Complete Your Vision

The most important part of choosing a roof color for your home is choosing a color that you love. Most homeowners have a vision of how they want their home to look, and replacing your roof gives you the chance to make that vision a reality.  Not to mention the added value to your home when you do decide to get a new roof.

About the Author

Ross Michaels and Pioneer Roofing have begun a collaboration to help the people of Portland make an informed decision about the type of roof their home should have and the best material for your climate.

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