Roof Colors: Homeowners Guide on How to Choose

Roof Colors: Homeowners Guide on How to Choose

One of the choices you will need to make when you have made the decision to have a new roof installed is what color of roofing material to select. This is an important choice that you will have to live with for many years. In addition, selecting roof colors that complement your home’s overall look will boost curb appeal and may enhance property value.

Here are a few things to consider as you are making this decision.

Efficiency of Roof Colors

You may not realize this, but the color of your shingles could help keep your energy bills lower. Depending on what color your roofing material is, your attic temperature can change by 10-20 degrees. Think about what a difference that makes in your home. If this was a warmer climate, I would suggest that you think about a lighter color as it reflects light and helps keep hot temps down inside the house.

However, in colder climates like in Michigan, you should consider a dark color. The color black actually absorbs sunlight and warmth, and can keep the temperature of your home snug in this cool climate. Another plus is that black will help snow and ice to melt from your roof a lot faster than a lighter color.

Coordinating Roof Colors and Your Home’s Exterior

Unless you have brick exterior, are planning to paint or will be replacing the siding before your next roof, you will want to coordinate the color of your roof with the most permanent feature of your home’s exterior. If your house is brick, you will want to consider a color that complements that brick. Here are helpful color schemes and tips to keep in mind:

  • Dark gray or black roofing material with a gray or blue house
  • Brown with brown roofing material, tan or cream exterior
  • Dark gray or black roofing material on a white house looks traditional
  • Neutral colors are always in style
  • High-contrast colors will highlight features of your home
  • Low-contrast colors will hide your home’s defects


Take a look around at the other houses on your street. While the last thing you want is to duplicate your neighbor’s look completely, you don’t want your house to stick out like a sore thumb. If your house doesn’t fit in – and especially if your roof sticks out in a bad way – the next buyers are not going to like that they have to either replace it or live with it. The safest thing is to take a little tour of the neighborhood and note the predominant theme. If you have a neighborhood association, the decision could be made for you.

You also need to comparison shop. In our article, Pros and Cons of the Top Roofing Material Choices, we covered top roofing products. It is helpful to know what products do what and how long they last.

The best thing to do is sit down with a reputable roofing contractor with roofing samples. This will take the guesswork out of what colors will look best with what. There are so many products on the market, and it will be helpful to narrow down your choice to the few best for your home’s color palette.

Take Away

Having a new roof installed involves important decisions from selecting roof colors and styles to choosing the right roofing contractor. If you would like to take the next step or have any questions, please contact us today. We are here whenever you need us.

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