Your roof color matters. An attractive home boosts curb appeal and increases the value of your home.
Every decision you make, big or small, about your home will add or detract from your home’s value and individuality.
Homes should reflect the homeowner’s comfort and style. And there are many different options out there to suit styles that will increase your home’s resale value.
One of these important decisions is your roof color.
What color you choose, which material you use, if you add skylights or not, gutters…all of it can impact your resale value.
And the roof investment is going to last anywhere from 20 to over 50 years, so you know you want to make the best decision possible.
So once you decide on material, you have a variety of colors and then shade combinations to choose from.
Shingles That Compliment Your Home
It’s all about knowing what you’re getting into.
Changing the colors of accents, such as shutters, is pretty easy.
Painting your home is also within affordability. So if you really didn’t like it over time, changing the walls of your home is within reach.
And brick is the toughest of all to change–almost impossible.
When choosing a roof, keep in mind how hard it might be to change anything else if you decided you didn’t like.
Compare your potential roof shingles to the more permanent parts of your home. Then compare it with paint and accents.
You’ll most likely want to adjust for the more permanent home fixtures, then the less permanent. Then, if a roof color you love doesn’t fit super well with paint or accents, you can budget those changes accordingly.
It’s important to note that the colors will look different in varying lights and different times of day. So check your chosen color against your home in different lights.
Choosing Between A Light Or Dark Roof Color
It’s really about which you like more and which one looks best on your home.
If you’re worried a darker color will hold more heat, trees do a lot more against the heat island problem that happens when the sun beats down on your roof.
There are some roofing materials that can help reflect heat, which will help you reduce your energy bill.
Ultimately, you have to live with your roof and consider its resale value. So you should get what you like and what makes financial sense.
Don’t Choose A Roof Color That Perfectly Matches Your Home
Monotone, one-color homes are boring.
You want a roof that will color compliment your home. It doesn’t have to match the exact color.
If you’re not sure, ask someone with some experience like your roofing pro or a paint expert in your home improvement store.
Also, if your home has lots of fixtures, or is colorful with lots of personality, it’s generally a good idea to keep your roof very simple. That way it won’t be too busy or overwhelming.
Painting Your Home After You’ve Chosen Your Roof
Maybe you’ve had your roof for a while, and you’re wanting to change up the paint on the outside of your home.
Simply paint a board in the color you want to paint your home with, then compare it against your roofing tiles.
Remember that it will look a little different depending on the time of day, so you should check the color combination against different times of day.
Don’t forget to check against the permanent materials on your home like the brick or concrete.
Consider Solar Panels
Energy-efficiency sells. So choosing more energy-efficient roofing makes financial sense.
Solar panels save you thousands. And research shows potential homebuyers love solar panels. They don’t mind paying a premium if they’re already installed.
So it’s a win-win situation.
Keep Resale Value In Mind
Whether you plan to move or not, keeping your home’s value in mind is always important. Life is unpredictable, afterall.
Usually homes with more neutral, color-complimentary, and energy-efficient roofing sell well.
Ultimately, it’s your home and your individuality. Find something that you love that can also work with these guidelines, and you’ll probably be very happy with your decisions.
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