A roof is an important element in terms of the aesthetics, protection, and overall safety of your home. Most manufacturers offer their shingles and other roofing materials in a variety of colors and it is key to know which color will best complement your homes’ appearance as well as the surrounding climate. Other factors that are affect the color you should go with are the architectural style of your home, energy efficiency, and keeping your neighbors happy. Your roof will last a long time, especially when it’s done by an experienced contractor like us at Chase Construction North West, Inc.! Let us help you with your color choice, so you won’t be stuck with the wrong color! Following are the steps to take when choosing the color of your next roof!
1. Consider your Climate
Based on the color, your roof can keep your energy bills from skyrocketing. In fact, your roof color can affect the temperature in your attic by 20 to 40 degrees and make a significant difference in heating or cooling your home. While white or light shingles reflect sunlight and help keep the temperature of your home down, dark shingles absorb heat and will facilitate in keeping homes in colder climates stay warm. Additionally, dark roofs help melt snow and ice from your roof.
2. Do what you can to coordinate the color of your roof shingles with the colors of the other elements of your home such as bricks, wooden siding, stone or stucco.
–Dark gray or black work well with a gray or blue house.
-If you have a brown, cream, or tan colored house, use a brown or mix of cream and brown roofing shingles.
-Use dark gray or black on a white house to achieve a traditional look.
–Green, red, or yellow painted homes offer a lot more flexibility in terms of shingle color. You can use brown, gray, or black.
3. Consider what statement you want your home to make
Curb appeal is an element that adds to the value of your home. Neutral colors are safe and will stay in style for many years to come. Tans, creams, brown, blacks, grays and clays are the colors considered neutral. If you are looking for a trendier appeal, go with color combinations such as a palate of various tones of brown or a mixture of blues, blacks and grays. Make sure to consult with your roofing contractor to ensure you still get a professional looking end product. Lastly, note that high-contrast colors highlight features of your home while low-contrast colors tend to hide defects.
4. Create the Illusion you are Seeking
Dark colors typically make your home look smaller while lighter colors do the opposite.
5. Remember your neighbors as you get ready to enact a new roof
Check with your homeowners association, if your neighborhood has one, to assure that your choice of roofing color does not violate any of their rules or covenants. Even if you don’t have to adhere to such rules, think about how your new roof will look alongside your neighbor’s. Unless the norm is to have uniformity, do not try to duplicate their roof exactly. Conversely, shoot for a harmonious effect and try to not make the two roofs clash.
6. Accentuate the architectural style of your home
Drive around various neighborhoods and try to find houses similar to yours in color scheme and architectural style. Then gauge which colors of roofing would look best on your home based on these observations. For example, a casual ranch house might look good with a mix of colors while a traditional colonial would not.
7. Explore the wide variety of material choices you will find in choosing a new roof
–Clay tiles traditionally come in shades of red or tan. Today, there is a broader spectrum of colors to choose from, but in any case, make sure your tiles have been fired in a kiln so the colors are baked in and will not fade over time.
-Natural thin layers of slate can be used as roofing material, though the expense will be much greater than with most others. Although there is some color variety, it is limited to those found in nature.
–Concrete tiles can be constructed to appear like wood shakes, slate, or clay tiles and come in a great variety of colors.
–Metal roofing usually comes in sheets which give your roof a unique and distinctive look by utilizing long vertical lines. In recent years however, metal roofing can be made to look like wood shakes, composite shingles, or even clay tiles. Metal roofing is energy efficient, fire resistant and strong.
We hope these steps will help you in making the right color selection for your roof Puget Sound! Here at Chase Construction North West Inc., we want our customer to receive an end result that is exactly what they want and need and we know that the right color is an element that plays a huge role in achieving this goal. We specialize in all types of roofing ranging from low slope, flat, and metal that we can professionally install on both residential and commercial properties. We are both GAF Master Elite roofers and IKO Shield Pro Plus installers and we can bring samples and discuss all the best options for your roofing needs at one of our free estimates! Call us today Puget Sound! We provide services in King County and Pierce County, along with major cities such as Seattle, Tacoma, Puyallup, Federal Way, Renton, Auburn, Des Moines and all of the surrounding cities. If you are in need of roofing, decking, waterproofing, or skylight installation services contact Chase Construction North West Inc. today at 253-445-8950 or fill out our free estimate form!