Which Color is Right for Your New Roof?

Nov 22, 2011 | Roofing Tips

Choosing the best roof color for your home

When asking any roof expert about their roof, people tend to leave out questions regarding the best color for their roof. Because this is looked at as a far more aesthetic question than a functional or utilitarian question, it is no wonder that it is typically paid far less attention by a given roof expert than questions regarding material types and structural designs.

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However, there are ways in which the color of your roof actually can impact the functionality of your roof. Also, the aesthetic aspect of your roof shouldn’t be ignored, for many reasons, and that is why it is important to choose the best color for your home’s roof. In this post we’ll have a look at some of the different aspects that a roof expert would consider when choosing the right color for a roof.

Style of the home

This aspect of the roof color decision certainly fits under the aesthetic category, but it’s importance extends far beyond simply how your home looks. The way that your roof compliments your home can affect everything from market value of your home, to the resale value of the homes in your neighborhood, to the ability for you to sell your home quickly and at its actual value. For instance, a mild grey roof works well with a red brick home, but would clash and give a gloomy look to a more stone, German colonial style home. Similarly, a red roof compliments an adobe, Spanish-style home well, but tends to look tacky on a more traditional ranch-style home. Any Denver roof expert will tell you to consider the style of your home before choosing the color of your roof. clay tile roof

Climate of your home’s location

This aspect of the decision is rooted far more in functionality than aesthetics. If your home is located in a sunny and dry area east of the front range, where temperatures are very hot for parts of the year you’ll want to consider this before choosing a color for your roof. Roofs with dark colors will trap or absorb heat. What does this mean for you? It means a higher cooling bill as a result of your roof absorbing the sun’s heat rather than reflecting it. Perhaps a better fit here would be a lighter colored which will reflect sunlight, keeping your house cooler and driving down the cost of your AC bill. Most shingle manufacturer’s produce a solar reflective asphalt shingle that is worth considering in sunny regions with intense heat.

Alternatively, if you live in Colorado Springs where temperatures rarely reach extreme highs, but the long winters bring intense cold, you may want to outfit your roof with a darker colored roof that will absorb sunlight and drive down your heating costs in the winter.

Characteristics of your community

It is important to consider the ramifications of your roof color decision on the over-all theme of your neighborhood or community. Straying too far from the staus-quo can make cause property values in your neighborhood, as well as cause you to incur repercussions from your home owners association.

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