How to Choose a Roof Color

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Your roof is like the crown of your home and a beautifully colored roof provides the perfect finish to a beautiful dwelling. Going about choosing a color can be challenging for the uninitiated, as there are literally hundreds of colors and shades to choose from. A few simple guidelines can help you choose the perfect color for your house covering.

The simplest way to choose a roof color is to have it contrast or compliment with the color of your house. Colors are basically divided into two categories: warm colors and cool colors. Warm colors include red, yellow, orange and brown. Cool colors include blue, purple, black, grey and white. If you want to create a calm homogenous effect, choose colors from the same family for both your house and roof. If you prefer a striking, attention grabbing home choose colors from different color families.

Another way to compliment or contrast colors is with surrounding elements such as exterior fixtures, terrain or even the sky. Your house color may change over the years, but these external elements will remain constant providing a permanent color background to your roof. If you live in a desert like area consider choosing an earth tone for your roof color. Homes in arid regions also frequently use blue for the color of their roofs - which provides a very striking effect. On the other hand, if you live next to a dark brown forest consider using green. You could even use your green lawn as inspiration - contrasting it with a brown colored roof.

Believe it or not choosing the color of your roof to match the surrounding terrain will actually make your house look larger. Small home owners take note!

To get inspiration, drive around your neighborhood and look at the homes there. Note which color combinations work and which don't. Decide if you want your house to stand out with the other homes or blend in?

You may also want to choose the color of your roof according to more practical reasons. If you live in a cold climate, you might want to choose a darker color which absorbs heat to increase warmth. If you live in a warm climate, you might prefer the opposite - a light color which reflects heat and keeps your home cooler.

Whatever you choose, don't worry! You can always change the color later on if you realize you prefer something else!

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