Your roof covers a large portion of your home’s exterior and it plays a big role in your property’s curb appeal. While it’s important to choose a roofing material that is going to stand up to your home or business’ needs long term, it’s also important to select a shingle color that is going to complement the rest of your home’s exterior. There are many ways that you can find the perfect shingle color to match your project’s needs.
Start with Shingle Type
Before you begin picking out colors, you should determine which shingle is going to fit your requirements. Maybe you’re interested in a traditional 3-tab shingle or maybe you live in a sunny area and need a solar-reflective shingle on your roof. Not every shingle comes in every color; it’s important to make your shingle selection first so you don’t go through the process only to discover that the color you wanted isn’t available in the shingle you need. After you’ve determined your shingle type, visit Malarkey’s Shingle Color Selector to see what’s available.
Once you know the shingle type you’re interested in, take the time to look at roofs and their colors. Drive around to see the various colors of roofs in your neighborhood. You can also visit the Malarkey Roofing Products image gallery to see detailed photos of many different colored roofs. The idea is to develop your personal preferences. Perhaps you find yourself being drawn to lighter-colored roofs. Or perhaps you discover that you really like roofs with a more saturated color like brown or black. Whatever the case, the more roofs you see, the more likely you are to see a theme or consistency emerging in your personal tastes.
Once you narrow it down to a few different general colors, you can take a closer look in the image gallery to see how they’ll match up with the look of your home.
Pay Attention to Detail
There are a lot of ways you can go about matching a roof color to your property’s exterior. Make sure that there is at least one cohesive element between your roof and the rest of your home or business to make the two areas work well together.
One way would be to highlight a secondary color either in the shingles or in your property’s existing color palette. For example, a brick building might have light gray, white, potentially brown shading through the bricks and mortar. Therefore, a roof in Dove White or Antique Brown may be a nice balance.
If you like the idea of limiting your color palette to just two or three colors, you can also try matching your roof color to your shutters or front door. For example, if you have forest green shutters, you could use a Rainforest shingle on the roof to enrich the color.
Another method is to contrast your home or building’s exterior and your roof. For example, if you have a very light-colored home, you may want to consider a Midnight Black roof to create a dramatic look.
The local climate may also play an important role in your roof’s color selection. For example, if you get a lot of sun, you may want to consider the color palette of shingles designed specifically for climates that experience more solar rays, such as Malarkey’s Solar Line to potentially reduce overheating of your roof and attic.
Match It Up
If you think you’ve found the perfect color, or you’re trying to decide between two different shades and aren’t sure if one will work better than the other, it’s time to take a look at what your home might look like with a specific roof. The Roof Designer from Malarkey Roofing Products allows you to upload a picture of your home then try on different roofs to get a visual representation of what your home will look like with a new roof.
This is a very useful tool when you are making a major change in roof color, or trying to decide between two different shingle colors. To make the decision easier and the pictures more accurate, try taking a photo of your home at a few different times of day when the light is different. Things like sun and shade can affect color, so by snapping two or three pictures over the course of a day you’ll get a more accurate idea of how a specific roof color will look with your siding, shutters, and overall style of the home.
Make the Right Choice for Your Home
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, both structurally and aesthetically. While choosing a color can be a challenge, taking the time to do it right can have a big impact on how your home looks over time. Ensure the beauty of your home’s curb appeal and make the right color choice for you.