Replacing your roof is a big commitment. Not only does the process take time, but you also have to choose the right material for your home and your needs. However, for most homeowners, finding the right material is just the beginning. In fact, one of the most challenging parts of getting a new roof installed is picking out the best color for your home’s exterior. Your trusted Arvada roofers want to make sure your home looks its best, no matter what type of roof you have installed. Here are a few tips to help you pick the perfect color for your new roofing materials.
Think About The Weather
Though Colorado doesn’t see temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit terribly often, the state does have its warm spells and some parts of the Front Range see more snow than others. If your house is in a typically dry part of town where heavy snowfall is rare, you may want to opt for lighter colored roofing materials. The lighter the roof color is, the more sun the materials reflect. This can help keep your home cooler in the summer. However, if you’re worried about snowmelt, opting for darker materials that hold more heat may be a better option. When your roof stays warm, it helps facilitate snowmelt in the winter. Keep in mind that dark roofing materials may cause your attic to stay warmer during the summer. Without adequate insulation, this often results in higher energy bills when you’re trying to keep your home cool
during the summer.
Consider the Color of Your House
The roof is one of the first things people notice about your home. As such, it needs to match or complement your home’s exterior as much as possible. Before you decide on a color, ask your roofing contractor for a few samples and see how they measure up against the siding, trim, and your landscaping. If a color strikes you as “off” or doesn’t seem like a good fit for the property, keep looking. Remember, shingles, tiles, and metal all come in hundreds of colors and shades. There is a fantastic option for your home, but you may have to hunt for it.
Check With Your HOA
Homeowners’ associations have all sorts of rules and regulations that dictate what your home is supposed to look like. While these organizations help keep the neighborhood looking nice and cohesive, they can put a damper on your personal style. Before picking out your roofing materials, you’ll want to check with the homeowners’ association to see which colors are allowed, which types of materials are permitted, and make sure you understand any restrictions that may be in place. If you use a material or color that’s not approved by the association, you risk having to redo the roof to the HOA’s specifications. Spending a few minutes researching the rules will help you avoid making this costly mistake.
Decide How Much of a Statement You Want to Make
Assuming you are free to choose your own color without restrictions from your HOA, you’ll want to decide how much of a statement you really want to make. Bold and vibrant colors like brick red and deep green can stand out and make your home more noticeable on the block. However, grays, browns, blacks, and even blues can help your home blend in with the others. There is no right or wrong answer here—it’s a matter of personal preference. If you like to stand out from the crowd, consider picking a color that will help your home represent this preference. However, if you want to keep your home’s exterior more similar to those surrounding your property, consider choosing one of the colors you see on your neighbors’ houses.
How Frequently You Paint Your Home
When you pick a color for your roofing materials, a large part of that decision will be based on the color of your home’s exterior and any decorative trim on the structure. However, unlike your home’s siding, your roofing materials are difficult to change out, making it expensive to upgrade the color anytime you decide to change the look of your house. Before you decide on a color, consider how frequently you repaint or upgrade the look of your home’s exterior. If you plan on keeping the same color scheme for the next 10 years, match your shingles to your existing paint. If you plan on repainting or have a history of changing your home’s exterior every other year, consider installing a neutral color roof. Opt for simple grays or browns as these colors can easily adapt to a variety of siding colors without diminishing the appearance of your home.
Look At Samples In Relation to Your Property
Roofing materials are available in hundreds of colors, and when you first begin your search online, you may be tempted to put an order in for the most appealing color on the screen. However, the colors may look different in real life, making it important to check samples against your house before making the final decision. Remember, colors look different in sunlight and shade, so take the time to look at samples in both bright and dim situations. This way, you’ll have a realistic idea of what the materials will look like on your roof, no matter what the conditions are like. Pick the material that appeals to you most, even if that’s only when the lighting is ideal. Colorado sees a lot more sun than rain, so your neighbors will be able to appreciate the color just as much as you do.
Finding a roofing contractor you can trust can be a real challenge, especially when you’re worried about keeping your home exterior color scheme intact. At Arvada Roofing & Construction, our experienced roofing contractors understand that your roof can make or break the appearance of your house. If you’re ready to replace your home’s roofing materials with new and vibrant options, contact us today
to schedule a free estimate and let our contractors help you find the perfect color for your home’s exterior.