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How to Choose the Color of Your Roof

Are you getting ready to reroof your home? Have you thought about the color shingle or metal that you want? There are beautiful color combinations that you can explore and see what color would enhance the overall exterior look of your home and potentially boost curb appeal. Don’t just take the easy route and go with the same color that you had before without checking out all of the color options. However, a new roof is a big investment, and picking the roof color you really want will make your home feel like home.

Nowadays we have so many options to choose from. From shingles to metal, all of the color options, and even shapes and patterns of the material. You want the color and material of your roof to complement your home’s color and your surroundings and neighborhood.

GAF has an amazing new virtual roof remodeler feature that you should definitely check out. GAF VirtualRemodeler allows you to pick a similar home or even upload a photo of your home and see what various shingle styles and colors would look like on your home.

Here’s a quick outline for complimentary home colors and shingle colors:

HOUSE COLORBEST MATCHING ROOF SHINGLE COLORRedDark Brown, Black, Grey, GreenLight GreyGrey, Black, Green, Blue, WhiteBeige/CreamBrown, Black, Grey, Green, BlueBrownGrey, Brown, Green, BlueWhiteAlmost any color including Brown, Grey, Black, Green, Blue, WhiteWeathered Wood or Log HousesBrown, Green, Black, Grey

Factors to Consider:

You Climate

The color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your attic by 20 to 40 degrees! This can make a big difference in the heating or cooling cost of your home. Light shingles deflect sunlight and help keep temperatures down in hotter climates, while dark shingles absorb heat and help homes stay warm in colder climates.

Shingle or Metal Color Coordination

With colors found elsewhere in the bricks, wooden siding, stone, stucco or trim on your home. For example, a dark gray or black roof will look good with a gray or blue house, while a brown, cream or tan colored house will match better with brown shingles or a mix of cream and brown. Green, red, yellow, or other colors have more flexibility and can be accented by brown, gray, or black.

Your Home’s Style

Your architectural style and colors of your home should be kept in mind. Dark colors make a home look smaller and light colors make a home look larger.

You Neighborhood

Neighborhood considerations such as homeowner’s association and subdivision rules and covenants. It’s also nice if your roof doesn’t exactly match or clash with your nearby neighbor’s roof. Also, if you want to “make a statement” and pick an unusual color combination with your home or not. If you want to be more traditional to fit or stand out in your neighborhood could be a deciding factor.

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