Reds, Blues and Browns – How to Choose a Roof Color

Nothing says Summertime is here like having to spend all your time doing yard work and tackling all those projects you have lined up.

This is a perfect time, in all seriousness, to finally replace that sad roof of your house. Or maybe you’re in the process of building your dream home. Either way, the roof is an essential part of your house and is not to be overlooked.

One of the key decisions here is picking out the best roof color. These will generally last for decades so you might want to put some serious thought into it.

The Importance of Choosing the Best Roof Color

Aside from providing you and your family with shelter from the elements, your house roof is the cherry on top of the sundae that is your house.

Just like ice cream toppings, there are many different options available when deciding which style and color roof is best for your house. However, (unlike icecream) this is decision is something that you are likely going to have to live with for years to come.

Certain roof colors can really make your house pop. On the other hand, however, an ugly roof or shingle colors that don’t match well might really ruin your style.

How to Choose the Best Roof for You


There are several things to consider when you are picking what type and color roof to go with.

You have to consider the style of architecture is being employed and, of course, the color the rest of the house is going to be.

Modern, Colonial, or Modern?

Unless you really want to make a statement and/or piss off the neighbors, you probably want to try to maintain a semblance of consistency when it comes to the architectural styles featured in your home.

So, the color or colors of your roofs might depend on the type of house you have. Spanish colonial architecture, for example, is traditionally made with clay tiles. However, these are considerably more expensive than modern shingles and do not last as long.

It is also important to keep in mind your siding and other details about your house when designing the roof.

It’s All About the Color

This will also depend on your style of the house but here you have a little more room to play around, especially if you have a ranch or colonial-style house.

The most commonly used colors include black, gray, and brown. Although, there is nothing wrong with taking this route these are far from your only options. You can certainly mix it up if you know how to match colors.

For more ideas on the best color combinations and other essential information about roof styles, you can read more here.

Knowing How to Match

Here are a few pointers to get you on your way.

White house can go with basically any roof color but darker colors create a really nice contrast. Red shingles are really eye-catching but harder to match with anything other than white or clay-colored walls. Dark blue is another popular color that goes with a variety of houses.

Spanish style houses look best with beige red clay tiles or imitation shingles.

Mix and Match and Have a Blast

Designing or remodeling your house is a very gratifying process but it should also be fun. It’s a nice opportunity to showcase your sense of style.

Given that it is very visible from the outside, picking your roof color is one of the most important aspects of exterior design. By following a few simple rules, your roof will be the icing on the cake.

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