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Picking Colors for Roofing and Exteriors

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Choosing the right type of roofing material, the right shingle color, the right gutter color and everything else about your roof is a big decision that will affect not only the appearance of your home but it will contribute to maintenance costs and the overall value of the property.

A roof makes up about 33% to 50% of the visible exterior surface of your home depending on the style of the house, so choosing the right shingle and gutter colors and roofing materials means that when you make your choice you are also defining the first impression you want to make with your home, and consequently the resale value of the property.

Your style of roof and gutters and exterior is a choice that you and your family – and the neighborhood – will have to live with for a long time (most shingles last 25 to 30 years) – so keep reading and choose wisely!

What Do You Need to Consider When Choosing a New Roof?

First, consider the style of your home – you will of course want to choose a different style and color roofing material if you have a Georgian style home versus a ranch versus something super contemporary.

Another key consideration is the actual shape of your house.

You also want to consider your backyard, porch, or any other outdoor living areas. It can lend your house a warm, welcoming vibe, a contemporary chic look, some historic grandeur, or even create a bold and dramatic statement that sets your house apart from the rest of the neighborhood.

Choosing the Roof Shingle Colors

This might be one of the most important decisions you can make when you’re getting a new roof. The color and type of materials set the tone for the rest of your property and might be one of the most noticeable or defining aspects of your home. One of the most difficult aspects of replacing your roof or building a completely new property is figuring out what color roofing shingles that you want to use.

Roof Color Choice & What Color Is Your House?

Choosing the color for your roof starts with the color of your home. If you’re not planning on painting it any time soon you should consider the color of your house and what would complement the property most, otherwise, you may want to do that at the same time or close to your roof replacement, or consider the color that you’re planning on painting before you make your final decision on the color of the

roofing materials you’re using. Accordingly, it’s essential to choose a shingle color and

roofing material that fit with and even enhance your property’s general architectural look and look and feel and even draw the eye towards unique features like gables, dormers, skylights, and even things like turrets if you have a particularly dramatic or unusual home.

Roof Building Materials

What’s in your budget and perhaps more importantly, available in your area? Your roofing contractor will be able to help you decide what will work best with your climate, the color and style of your property, your personal style, and your home in general. Look for contractors with experience with your particular sort of home in regard to its architecture, location, climate, and even your specific neighborhood in the case of a homeowners’ association with strict requirements.

How Climate Affects Your Roofing Choices

There’s a reason why certain materials and styles are popular in different areas. After all, darker colors absorb heat and lighter colors reflect it, so the climate in your area matters when you are choosing what color shingles

and type of roofing material that you plan to use. Of course, lighter colors reflect the light – keeping things cooler – while darker colors absorb the light and keep warmth in. It’s also useful to understand the natural sunlight in different areas and how that might affect the appearance of your roof.

Your Personal Style & Desired Aesthetic for Your Roof

Do you pick an unusual color for your neighborhood or do you go more traditional? You need to also consider what is typical for your area and climate, along with any rules from your homeowners’ association or any similar types of community boards. You want to make sure that your new roof matches or at least coordinates with the other buildings on your land (if applicable). A significant contrast or mismatch could be problematic in terms of resale value, and your neighbors or even your HOA might consider it an eyesore.

Mel Huckaby


APD Roofing Houston

April Cumbalon


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