The roof is the most visible component of your home, so choosing the right color has as much importance as wind resistance or roofing lifespan. Here are some tips to help you with this process.
Coordinate the Roof With the Siding
Siding is the second most visible component of the house exterior and should be in harmony with the roof. Unless your siding is shortly up for replacement, you should take siding color into consideration. Siding like cedar shake or faux stone panels are busier visually compared to typical lap siding, and therefore, roofing with solid colors will work better with it as opposed to “color blend” shingles.
Consider the Height of the House
Height also plays a part in roof color selection. The taller the building, the darker the sloped roof color should be as it helps balance the increased vertical dimensions. Dark roofs also make the house look more sophisticated. If you are worried that the dark roof would absorb heat from the sun, roof repair and installation contractors like us recommend products like the GAF Timberline® Cool Series®. These ENERGY STAR®-certified shingles feature reflective coatings that let it have “cool roof” features without the restriction of light colors.
Don’t Forget Permanent Components
Do not overlook permanent components like brick, stone or well-maintained landscaping. In addition to siding, the roof color should look good with them. Brick and stone will likely outlast every other part of your home’s exterior, so it only makes sense to make sure the new roof color works with them.
View Color Samples During Different Times of the Day
Color combinations may look different depending on the time of the day. Try to obtain samples of the roofing roofing material, and place them at a spot where you can see them side-by-side with the siding and permanent components. Check how the samples look in the morning, at noon, at sundown and at night. You can considerably narrow down your color choices just by eliminating those that do not look good at certain times.
Polar Builders Inc. is your leading provider of roofing and window installation services. Give us a call at (952) 679-8144, or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Minnetonka, MN, and surrounding areas.