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Idaho homeowners stated that the number one easiest way to increase their home’s value was to repaint the exterior.
However, when it comes to your roof color, you’ll need to be smart about the shade you go with.
You probably know a little bit about color psychology, or at least that some colors make you feel weird. These are the colors you definitely shouldn’t use for your new roof.
What color should you go with? Here’s your color picker guide.
Check with the Homeowner’s Association
Before even considering the best roof colors for your home, you’ll want to check with your local homeowner’s association. Make sure there aren’t any restrictions regarding certain changes to your home’s exterior.
As part of this, it’s also smart to assess your neighborhood’s style. You don’t want to choose a roof color that’s exactly the same as your neighbors. But, you don’t want to stand out too much either.
Seeing as curb appeal can raise your home’s value by 12%, you’ll want to take this into consideration and find the perfect way to stand out without being too flashy.
Consider the Climate
Boise can get pretty cold during the winter months. And, the color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your home.
Dark shingles will absorb the heat from the sunlight and help your home stay warm during the chilly winter months. The dark color can also help snow and ice melt faster on your roof.
However, if your home is already constructed and the bricks are bright and light colored, then you might not want to opt for dark charcoal grey shingles.
Dark colors will make a small home look even smaller. Light colors will make a small home look much bigger.
This brings us to our next point…
Try to Color Coordinate
This is a simple interior design trick that works well on the outside of your home as well. Choosing a roof color is easiest if you look for shades found in other aspects of your home.
Take a look at the bricks, stone or trim around your home. If you notice mainly tan or cream colors, then go with brown shingles. Green, red, and other bold exterior paint colors work great with brown or grey shingles.
Color coordinating is also about blending in with your surroundings! Figuring out how to choose roof color for an Arizona desert home is different than one built into the lush Washington landscape. Boise homes tend to be more modern and suburban.
As mentioned above, you can take a look at your neighborhood for inspiration regarding this. If most of the homes feature a specific style or color, there’s probably a reason.
If you’re still having trouble, try creating a color palette simply by uploading a photo of your home’s exterior. This will help give you a good idea of an optimal roof color design.
Think About the Architecture
If your home includes stunning features such as dormers or gables, then you’ll want people to notice those first!
When selecting the best roof colors, opt for a color that complements your home’s architectural style.
If you’re able to do this, the color will naturally draw people’s eyes upward towards the special details of your house. When accentuating the architecture of your home, also factor in the materials that it’s made out of.
Asphalt shingles typically look good on homes that feature challenging angles or multiple levels. Rural properties or waterfront homes look best with weathered browns and natural green colors to complement the setting.
Is your home frequently under attack during summer hail storms? You might want to prioritize shingle material over color to avoid roof damage.
Stick with the Style
Your roofing color choice will be different if you live in a red brick house than if you live in a Southern stucco home.
Consider the types of materials in the construction of your home. Are there elements of wood or vinyl siding, stone veneer or wooden logs?
There’s no set rule for what color you should choose for your roof. Buildings.com states that cool pigments provide benefits for any type of house. They allow IR energy from the sun to reflect instead of absorbing back into the house’s interior.
However, as a rule of thumb, you’ll want to go with dark brown, green, grey or black shingles for red brick houses.
Likewise, if you live in a grey or similar tone house, try green, blue, white, black or grey shingles.
Don’t Get Too Crazy
This is one of the biggest mistakes new homeowners make. If your home features multi-colored bricks, then avoid choosing multi-colored shingles. This makes your home look too chaotic.
Multi-colored shingles are great for when the siding of your home is plain. This helps it look more textured and intriguing from a distance.
If your home’s exterior is multi-colored, then you’ll want to stay away from adding more in the roofing color. It will look like what you look like when you wear a patterned shirt with patterned pants. Not good.
If you’re going to play with multi-colored shingles, it’s important that at least one of the colors is present in your home’s siding or shutters. This will help the color scheme look more cohesive.
Love Your Roof Color
It doesn’t matter what color you go with. In the end, it’s you who will have to love your roof color.
Take some time during this process to really think into the future regarding potential upgrades or renovations you might complete. Think about your home’s value and where you’d like it to be in ten to twenty years.
Then, pick a color that feels good to you and go with it!
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