Re-roofing your home or choosing the roof for a new house represents an important investment of your time and resources.
You work hard to ensure that the roof you choose will keep your home dry and energy efficient. But your roof should also improve your home’s aesthetic appearance and property value.
One of the most important factors to these secondary purposes is the colour of your roof. Fortunately, metal roofing has a huge variety of colours that you can choose from.
Here are six of the characteristics you may consider when narrowing down your colour choices.
While most forms of architecture don’t dictate your roof colour choices, they can influence how well colours suit your home. For example, Spanish mission-style homes look dignified and classic with red and redorange roofs. However, the same terracotta roof might clash with a sleek, modernist home.
If you aren’t sure which colours look best with your architecture, look up some pictures of similar homes to narrow down your options.
The colour of your roof can affect the temperature of your home’s interior. Think about your climate as you consider roofing colours. Light coloured shingles, including white, tan and light grey, reflect light, which can keep your home from heating up as quickly in the summer.
Conversely, dark shingles, including traditional navy blues and forest greens, absorb sunlight and can keep heat contained in your home during the winter.
You want each element of your home’s appearance to feel like part of a unified whole. So when you choose your exterior colours, think about the colours already present in your home. Echo the colour mood exhibited in your living areas.
This little consideration can make your home feel that much more welcoming and pleasing to the eye.
Property value can shift due to a wide variety of factors, including how well your home fits into your neighbourhood. While you should choose a roof colour according to your own preferences, you should also pay attention to your neighbourhood’s trends, especially if you plan to sell in the future.
A roof that fits in with the other homes on your block makes your house look like a more appealing investment to potential buyers.
You probably use illusion-based tricks throughout your home to make small spaces look bigger, dim spaces look brighter and your rooms look cleaner. You can perform similar tricks on the outside of your house simply by choosing the right roof colour.
If your home looks cramped and small from the outside, consider a lighter version of your chosen colour. Light roofs make homes appear large. The opposite effect also applies. If your home looks rambling or pretentiously big, opt for a darker hue to give your home’s exterior definition and balance.
Finally, consider the colours already present in your home’s exterior. Choose a roof colour that complements your siding, without blending in or sticking out to extremes.
For example, earthy greens and browns look great with natural brick, but a reddish roof might not make enough of a statement.
To look at some common roofing colour options, visit our colour profiles page. Once you know what you’re looking for in your roof colour, Get in touch with O’Boyles to discuss your decision. We can also offer advice if you find yourself unable to make a definitive decision.
Use the characteristics listed above to make finding the perfect roof colour for your home as simple and straightforward as possible.