How to Choose the Best Roof Color for Your Home? 8 Elements to Consider

Residential | March 1, 2021  | By: John Esh

Curb appeal can increase the value of your home by 7% or more. But, you don’t have to do what you’ve always done. The fun part about owning a home is that you can make it look however you want!

Because you only need to reroof your home every 15+ years, it is not often you get to make the decision of what your roof looks like. When the time comes to replace your home’s roof, it’s best to consider all the material and color options.

When deciding on the material, it can come down to your budget, lifespan of the roofing material, and the style of your home. However, the next challenge is to decide on the color.

We compiled 8 factors to consider before deciding on the color of your new roof.

8 factors to consider for roof color

What to consider when selecting your roof’s color


  • Color coordination with your shutters and you siding, brick, wood, or stone

This can be the hardest factor to consider – and this could really be why you’re asking yourself which color is best for your roof. If you are going to change your siding and shutter colors, have samples of the colors available so you can ensure your roof compliments the new choice.

For example, if your house is brown, cream, or tan, it’s likely not best paired with a black roof. It would look great with a warmer tone in the brown color family.


  • Neighbors & HOA

You (and your neighbors) don’t want your roof clashing with those surrounding your home. Neighborhoods with a homeowners association (HOA) may have standards and rules to abide by, including roof color. They often put this in place to eliminate the issue of multi-colored roofs in the neighborhood that don’t mesh well. Check with a HOA resident to make sure your home’s colors are compliant before installation.


  • Geographic Location & Climate

If you’re in southcentral PA, winter typically produces a couple snow storms a year. In this case, it may be helpful to have a darker colored roof that can absorb more heat. However, in a warmer climate, it’s more energy efficient to have a lighter colored roof. This lowers the amount of heath that’s absorbed, helping your home stay cool and lowering your energy bills.


  • Color availability

COVID-19 caused many shingle and metal manufacturers to temporarily shut down their operations. This has greatly impacted the construction industry! Prices have skyrocketed due to demand of products with low availability. Your roofing company will inform you of the available colors during the time of the estimate.

Even before the pandemic, not all manufacturers and colors are available in every city and state. GAF allows you to search for contractors near you and filter by the quality of warranty they can offer. Once you find a roofing company you’d like to receive a quote from, talk to them about the colors available to you.


  • Architectural style of the home

Depending on the style of your home, dark colored roofs tend to make the house look smaller. Alternatively, light colored roofs give the home a larger feel.


  • Bold or tame roof

The more plain your home’s exterior is, the more you may want to jazz up your roof. Opting for a mixed colored roof adds character and dimension to an otherwise boring part of the home. Yet if you have multi-shaded stone or bricks, a solid color roof compliments the business of the other material.

Keep in mind that darker colors tend to attract the eyes attention more than lighter colors. Be cautious to not let a roof that is all one color to dominate the look of the home!


  • Outbuildings, sheds, and detached garages

If you have other structures on your property, consider the color of their exterior products, too. The HOA may require all other structures siding and roof to match the home. If they don’t, you may need to replace the roof and siding of those buildings at the same time as your house to avoid penalties or fees.

Get in touch with Joyland Roofing

Ask An Expert Roofer

Speaking with a professional roofing contractor that is licensed and qualified is the best first step. They can show you colors and provide recommendations based on what’s available and the experience they have.

Contact Joyland Roofing today if you’re in Lancaster County, PA, or any surrounding areas in southcentral and southeastern PA!

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