There are so many choices to make when replacing your roof; it can be overwhelming. Do I choose asphalt, cedar, metal, slate, or tile for the roofing material? How many years do I want this roof to last? One decision that some homeowners are afraid to make is picking the roof color. With dozens of shingle colors to pick from as well as the high price associated with a new roof, this can feel like a huge commitment. Choosing the color of your roof doesn’t have to be scary. In fact, picking the perfect color can greatly enhance the overall curb appeal of a house. Follow our steps below to help narrow down your options to a roof color you will be happy with for years to come.



While many things like exterior paint color can be changed down the road, characteristics like foundation brick or stonework probably won’t. If you have a stone foundation or exterior, a warm gray roof will complement the tones in the stone. If you have a brick house, steer clear of roofs with red and orange hues. These will wash out the brick instead of making it a focal point.


Unless you plan on changing the exterior paint colors soon, try and find a roof color that will balance your home’s existing color scheme. Not sure how everything will look together? Get some larger samples of shingles and hold them up next to your house. If you are still unsure, get the opinion of an interior designer. The cost for professional advice is nominal when compared to the risk of a poor roof choice.


Consider the effect your roof choice will have on your resale value. While you may love a lively red roof, a future buyer may not love it (or the price tag to replace it) quite as much. Similar to the mindset behind staging, de-personalizing the exterior of your home – roof included – will help make your home more appealing to the majority of buyers when it is time for the “for sale” sign to go up.


When in doubt, stay in the neutral color palette. Gray and black tone roofs are almost always a safe choice. Greens, reds, blues, and even browns can come across as garish so use caution when looking at these roof colors. Depending on your neighborhood covenants, a brightly colored roof may be against the rules so be sure to check with HOA officials before any roofing material is ordered.


Shop around your own neighborhood. If you like a neighbor’s new roof choice, ask them what they selected. This is a great way to see roof color options large scale and determine which colors you love and which you hate. Be mindful not to duplicate your next door neighbors’ roof colors. Ideally your home will blend in with the neighborhood while maintaining a sense of uniqueness.

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