Roofing color is as important an aesthetic element as style and texture. Asphalt shingle roofing is sold in hundreds of color options, which allows much latitude in terms of color selection. Keeping up with roofing color trends can help you narrow down your color selection and in this blog, local roofing contractor ARCH Exteriors, LLC shares a look at these trends.
Deep and Strong Colors
Roofing with striking colors helps create a bold look that’s beyond typical exterior color palettes. If your home exterior has prominent components with neutral colors, such as light-colored siding or stone pillars, then roofing with deep and strong colors will provide a nice contrast. It can also go the other way: deep red brick and other kinds of exterior elements with strong colors will create a nice contrast when paired with a neutral or light-colored roof.
One thing you should know about light-colored roofs is that they help reduce indoor cooling requirements. White or light-colored surfaces are more reflective, which reduces the solar heat absorbed through the roof. If you want to take advantage of this feature but would rather not have a light-colored roof, manufacturers such as Owens Corning® offer ENERGY STAR®-certified roof replacement products, such as Duration® Premium COOL Shingles, that are worth considering.
Different Shades of the Same Color
If you already have a specific roof color in mind but it doesn’t seem to work with the overall exterior color palette, try choosing a different shade of the same color. If a deep, dark blue roof doesn’t seem to work with your existing siding, try out samples with a lighter shade. Different shades also add visual texture if your home calls for a monochromatic approach. Varying shades of green and brown create a springtime look to an otherwise flat-looking color palette.
Neutral Roof Colors Against Multiple Body Colors
Sometimes the house style calls for multiple, perhaps contrasting, body colors. Adding a third color—the roof, in this case—requires a good eye and skill with color combinations. If you don’t have either, don’t worry: you can mix and match different color swatches until you find a good match, or work with a roofing or design consultant before making your final color choices.