Finding The Best Roof Color | A Homeowner's Guide [Video] (2023)

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You just installed new siding on your home – turns out it wasn’t the best roof color match you hoped it would be.

Never fear! We’ve been in your shoes and know a thing or two about matching, and popping roof colors.

We’re going to go over some basic tips to help you find the best roof color for your home, break down non-shingle roof colors, and cover how to match your roof with the home’s architectural style.

Let’s Dive In!

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12 tips to help you pick the best roof color for your home.

  1. Understand the Importance of your roof color. Your roof accounts for a large portion of your home’s exterior style and demands a thoughtful decision.
  2. When designing your home’s exterior, it’s easy to forget about the style of the roof. However, a roof is really what pulls the whole design of the home’s visual exterior together, so take your time and choose wisely
  3. Pay Attention to the style of your roof. If your house has a roof with a high slope, or pitch, the better view of shingles you’ll have from the ground.
  4. It’s best to choose a color that draws the eye upward and enhances any interesting details, such as gables and dormers.
  5. Use exterior elements for reference let your home’s exterior elements guide you in matching shingle colors.
  6. Many elements of your home’s exterior are too expensive or simply cannot be changed, such as brick, stone, or stucco. So focus on what you can change.
  7. Pick a color that will enhance the exterior colors of your home. If you want your roof to stand out that’s fine, just make sure it complements the other colors involved.
  8. Make sure to complement the color of your shutters. Once you’ve settled on a color of shutters from somewhere like Shuttercraft, you can find roofing that compliments it.
  9. If the shutters sharply contrast with the siding, picking a roof color that closely matches the shutters can tie the whole house together.
  10. Ignore myths about saving energy with certain roof colors. House color has little to do with your energy savings. What truly determines energy efficiency is proper ventilation and high-quality home insulation.
  11. Look into local environmental codes. In some states, highly reflective roof shingles may be required to be up to code. Contact your local roofing contractor to know if this applies to your situation and he can guide you in selecting the best shingle color.
  12. Always be mindful of your neighbors. Look around your neighborhood – what color and shingle type are on the homes in the area? When it comes time to put your home on the market, you don’t want your home to stand out for the wrong reasons. Choose a shingle color that harmonizes well with the houses around yours as well as with the natural surroundings and your landscaping.
  13. Find a roofing checklist to help you with everything from the color of your roof, to the local roofing code.

What color shingle goes with what color of house?

Simply put, it depends a lot on your preference and the type of siding on your home.

White Home Roof Color Options

If you own a white house, your roof can be almost any color and it will look fabulous. Use that opportunity to compliment other colors on your home’s exterior like your shudders. Also, make sure you match the rest of your neighborhood, because while any roof color will look good on your home, it may look odd next to your neighbor’s homes.

Cream and Beige Home Roof Color Options

If you own a cream-colored or beige house, choose a shingle color in the hue of blue, green, brown, gray or black to create an eye-catching blend of colors. These cool colors will pair nicely with the warm cream and beige siding brings. Cedar shake or cedar shingle roofing would work well with a cream or beige home.

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Brown Home Roof Color Options

If you own a brown house, the best shingle colors include grey, brown, black, green, and possibly subtle shades of blue. Determining which of those options will work best depends on other colors on your home’s exterior, the landscape around your house, and of course the colors on your neighbor’s homes.

Wood Home Roof Color Options

If you own a house or cabin with log or weathered wood siding, consider a shingle with a high-definition profile to mimic the look of natural wood shakes, in the colors of brown, green, black, grey.

Regardless of the color, pay attention to things such as architectural style, neighboring houses, and roof features to help you decide the best color for your house.

What color shingle goes with what architectural style?

It’s crucial that you choose a shingle color that both contrasts and complements your home’s exterior elements. Regardless of your home’s architectural features, if everything is the same, the overall style of your home will be dull.

Historical Home Style Matching

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Those homes featuring historical architecture, such as colonial and victorian, choose a traditional color to evoke a more classical look. If you own a home like this, chances are you already have a few specific colors in mind. However, if you do own a home like this and have no idea what color to choose, get in touch with a local contractor and they’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

Casual Home Style Matching

For more casual homes, such as waterfront or rustic rural properties, weathered browns and greys, muted greens will tie in well with the natural surroundings and cultivate a laid-back atmosphere. Check out shingles whose profile looks like genuine wood shakes or even slate roofing. Similarly, weathered wood or log houses can look great with brown, green, black, and gray shingle colors.

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Rural Home Style Matching

For homes in rural areas, whether constructed of log, wood, or stone, can look warm, casual, and inviting yet very dramatic with gray shingles. This also is dependant on the type of rural area you are in. Farm homes will look different than a cabin in the woods, and a woodsy cabin will look different from a mountain estate. As we’ve said before – if you need further direction a local contractor is your best bet.

Choosing A Roof Color For A Non-Shingled Roof.

There are numerous pros and cons to using metal, concrete tile, wood, or any other type of roofing material. When it comes to choosing the right color for your roof, you have to ask what your end goal is. As we have previously mentioned, color can be used to both draw attention to your home, or hide imperfections and make it blend in. When adding a metal, concrete tile, or wood roof, are you trying to make it stand out? Or are you mostly doing it for added protection?

Using materials like these can often add a bit of style to your home, and maybe something you want to highlight with some added color. On the contrary, if your home is already quite colorful, making the roof color more subtle could tame the look of your home while highlighting your quality roofing material.

As always, you have to consider the architectural style of your home before deciding on a specific color for your roof. When deciding on a color, take into account what would compliment the look of your current style.

If you want to incorporate a brighter color that is more likely to stand out, make sure it will fit well with the rest of your home unless you are planning to rework the rest of your exterior.

It is also important to keep in mind what colors complement the roofing material you have selected.

  • If you choose to use a type of wood roofing, a natural color would most likely look best.
  • Metal roofing is a bit more versatile but generally looks good with bold colors like, black, or green.
  • Perhaps asphalt shingles are so widely used because they can work well with most home styles, and it’s easier to replace a shingle roof.

The bottom line is, you need to pick a color and material that will complement the rest of your home’s look.

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Other tips on choosing the best roof color for your home

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  • Always mix patterns with care.A good rule of thumb is to mix patterns on the outside of your home the way you’d mix them inside your home. For example, if your home has a multi-colored brick exterior, choose a shingle color that isn’t as busy to create a cleaner look.
  • Are you trying to stand out or blend in? Lightly colored asphalt shingles are likely to make your home appear bigger and can draw the eye to the positive features of the home, while darker colors are better at hiding imperfections.
  • Match the shingles on your outbuildings. Asphalt roofing shingles can also protect and enhance a variety of other structures, such as utility sheds, detached garages, mother-in-law suites, and even dog houses. Match other structures with the main structure to create a cohesive look.
  • Try before you buy. Just as you’d try out paint samples when painting your family room, try out shingle samples on your home’s exterior to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting.
  • Get in touch with a trusted local roofing contractor! A professional uses his expertise to guide you in the right direction for which roof color you should choose. Get in touch with Northface Construction today — we can help you find the perfect color for your home.
  • Gutters are a key part of your roof color, so make sure you find the best gutter guards for your home.

If you are interested in reading further, check out our post on siding repair costs!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the most common roof colors?

There are countless roof colors on the market, and the most common colors shift year to year. More important than choosing a common roof color is matching your roof color to the rest of your home’s exterior.

Is it good to have your home stand out in the neighborhood?

It depends on what you personally want. If you are considering selling your home in the future, standing out will more than likely reduce the value of your home. However, if standing out is something you desire over resale value, go for it! Just make sure it doesn’t irritate your neighbors!

What is the best way to match my home’s exterior?

Matching the exterior of your home boils down to the materials used and the colors selected. If everything on your home’s exterior is the same color you’ll have a dull home. Some contrast is very good for improving its overall style. Click here for a further breakdown of what colors and styles match the best!

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FAQs

What is the most ideal roofing color? ›

Your best color categories will be light grey, off white, dark grey, black, or brown. If choosing brown, a darker brown will likely fit better than a light brown. Grey roofs are what we've found as the most popular choice for blue sided homes recently. Roof colors to avoid are blue, red, and green roofs.

How do I pick a roof color? ›

Your roof color needs to coordinate with all the other exterior colors so they don't clash. The shingle color also needs to mesh with your home's style, the natural surroundings and all of the exterior elements. The goal is to pick the best color that will compliment your home's architecture and increase curb appeal.

What is the most energy efficient roof color? ›

White is the best color for energy efficiency because of the albedo effect. With a white roof, or a roof with a color that has similarly lighter hues, the sun's rays are reflected instead of absorbed.

Is it better to have a dark or light-colored roof? ›

Darker colors absorb more heat, and warmer roofs make it easy for snow and ice to slide right off. Lighter colors reflect sun rays, keeping roofs cooler and helping homeowners in warmer climates save a little on their energy bills.

What color roof lasts the longest? ›

Both light-colored and dark-colored shingles can last longer if given the necessary maintenance. The only thing tested and proven about light-colored shingles is that they help us keep the indoor temperature cooler in the hot summer season.

What color roof fades the least? ›

Lighter colors – tans, whites, and grays – fade far less than darker, more saturated colors. You can also invest in a protective coating that buffers the roof from mildew, moisture, and sun to combat fading.

What color roof keeps a house the coolest? ›

White or light-colored roofs reflect heat rays from the sun, keeping the attic and rooms below it cool during warm weather. As a result, the building's cooling load decreases, helping home and business owners stay comfortable and save money on their energy bills.

What color goes good with a grey roof? ›

There are many colors gray/black roofs work well with: Cool stone colors – varieties of off-white, gray, blue, gray-green, purple. Most brick colors – including red, orange and yellow.

What color roof should a grey house have? ›

Gray House Roof Colors

Overall, try not to steer too far from your siding color when working with gray. Much like brick, gray can jump between warm and cool hues. If the gray siding mixes with tan, opt for a brown or sand roof. If it's a cool, blue tan, pick black, gray, or slate.

Does roof color affect home value? ›

Choosing the right roof color can significantly influence your home's resale value because it can account for up to 40% of your home's exterior appearance. It's crucial to pick a roof color that goes well with the rest of your home's exterior and does not clash with your neighbors or surroundings.

What is the coolest roofing material? ›

Reflective metal roofing is one of the most effective energy-saving methods of roofing. This cool roofing material uses cool pigments in the paint as a solar reflectance tactic, which simultaneously lowers the surface temperature of the roof, keeping the insides much cooler.

What color roof makes a house look taller? ›

Choose light colors

Light colors such as white, ivory, pale gray, and sage green reflect higher amounts of light than dark colors, tricking the eye into perceiving the home as larger than it is.

What is the most energy-efficient roof? ›

Metal roofing is by far one of the best choices you can make for your roof in general. They're the most energy-efficient roof for residential installations, can last more than 50 years, and require very little maintenance. Metal roofs are very reflective, which is why they get so hot to the touch.

How long does a 20 year roof really last? ›

Your asphalt roof is about 20 years old

As long as your roof has been properly ventilated and installed you should get pretty close to that 25 years of roof life.

How long does a 25 year roof actually last? ›

Typically, a 30 – year roof will last on average 12-15 years in more extreme climates, such as we have here in Texas. 25 – year roofs lasting 9-12 years on average.

What roof covering has the longest life expectancy? ›

The NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) rates slate as by far the longest lasting roofing material, with a life expectancy of 150+ years, followed closely by clay and concrete at roughly 100 years.

Why is black a poor choice for roof color? ›

A black roof can cause extra energy use during the hottest part of the day. Increased Heat – Black roof shingles reach higher temperatures than light-colored roof shingles. The extra heat can cause a breakdown of the shingles over time.

Should a roof be black or white? ›

It started with an article on a study out of Berkeley Lab in California, which concluded that white roofs outperformed black roofs economically as well as environmentally. It called for the phasing out of dark roofs in hot climates, especially those prone to heatwaves.

Is a black roof hotter than gray? ›

In general, lighter-colored roofs reflect away heat rays from the sun, but dark-colored roofs absorb much of that heat and transfer it into the rooms below. So, yes, black roofs do attract more heat.

What roof color reflects the most heat? ›

In general, light colors reflect the sun's rays, while dark colors absorb the heat. Therefore, lighter color roofs will deflect more heat away from the home and help to keep the interior cooler. The converse is also true – the darker the roof, the higher the temperatures are likely to be in your roof or upper floors.

What color roof keeps a house the coolest? ›

White or light-colored roofs reflect heat rays from the sun, keeping the attic and rooms below it cool during warm weather. As a result, the building's cooling load decreases, helping home and business owners stay comfortable and save money on their energy bills.

Is it better to have a white or black roof? ›

White roofs work because of the physics of sunlight. Dark roofs absorb and hold more than 80% of solar energy, while white ones can reflect 75% of it away. That makes a white-roofed building cooler and cheaper to air-condition.

Is it better to have a white roof or black roof? ›

White roof systems reflect the sun's rays more effectively than black roofs and typically can be 40-50 degrees F cooler on the surface. The reflectivity reduces cooling loads in most buildings and decreases the “urban heat island effect” in dense urban areas.

Should a roof be black or white? ›

It started with an article on a study out of Berkeley Lab in California, which concluded that white roofs outperformed black roofs economically as well as environmentally. It called for the phasing out of dark roofs in hot climates, especially those prone to heatwaves.

What color roof makes a house look taller? ›

Choose light colors

Light colors such as white, ivory, pale gray, and sage green reflect higher amounts of light than dark colors, tricking the eye into perceiving the home as larger than it is.

Does roof color affect home value? ›

Choosing the right roof color can significantly influence your home's resale value because it can account for up to 40% of your home's exterior appearance. It's crucial to pick a roof color that goes well with the rest of your home's exterior and does not clash with your neighbors or surroundings.

What is the most energy efficient roof? ›

Metal roofing is by far one of the best choices you can make for your roof in general. They're the most energy-efficient roof for residential installations, can last more than 50 years, and require very little maintenance. Metal roofs are very reflective, which is why they get so hot to the touch.

Why do new houses have black roofs? ›

The reason goes back to basic school physics of course—black (or dark coloured) surfaces absorb a great deal more heat energy than do white (or light coloured). Indeed, it's not unrealistic for a black roof to reach 80°C on a hot day.

Do black roofs make houses hotter? ›

In general, lighter-colored roofs reflect away heat rays from the sun, but dark-colored roofs absorb much of that heat and transfer it into the rooms below. So, yes, black roofs do attract more heat. Or course, color isn't the only aspect of your roof that affects home temperature.

Why is black a poor choice for roof color? ›

A black roof can cause extra energy use during the hottest part of the day. Increased Heat – Black roof shingles reach higher temperatures than light-colored roof shingles. The extra heat can cause a breakdown of the shingles over time.

Why don t houses have white roofs? ›

For those living in colder climates, having a white commercial roof could lead to higher heating costs. This is because the less heat your roof retains, the more you'll need to rely on your heating system to warm the building. Another reason white roofs aren't ideal for northern climates is because of the snow and ice.

What color roof reflects the most heat? ›

In general, light colors reflect the sun's rays, while dark colors absorb the heat. Therefore, lighter color roofs will deflect more heat away from the home and help to keep the interior cooler. The converse is also true – the darker the roof, the higher the temperatures are likely to be in your roof or upper floors.

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