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As humans, it’s in our DNA to migrate to new places. We rarely ever stay put for too long. The only issue that comes with following our instincts is, well, what do we do with our homes when we’re ready for a new adventure?
Whether you’re leaving on a whim and are curious about your home’s resale value, or you’re a new homeowner planning for the future, it’s important to take a look at your roof. Believe it or not, the color of your roof (among other things, of course) will play a big part in its potential value.
RoofCrafters has been installing and replacing different types and color combinations of roofing systems for the past 29 years, so if there’s anything we know, it’s that this stuff matters! We keep up with the latest trends, colors, and technologies, so all you have to worry about is what beach you’ll be choosing to reside on next.
To make things a little easier on you, we’ve written this guide that breaks down what color roof is best for resale, and how you’ll get the most value for your money. Here, you’ll learn about color schemes, combinations, location, and of course, personal preference! It’s your roof, after all. So, let’s jump right in.
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What Color Roof is Best for the Resale of My Home?
Whew, you sure know how to ask the loaded questions. Before we can answer this big one, there are a few important things to note:
- What is the style of your home?
- What type of material would you use for your roof?
- What is the pitch of your roof?
You wouldn’t go out to your favorite restaurant wearing a red flannel, purple polka-dot pants, and a yellow sombrero, would you? As important as it is to make sure your outfits match, it’s equally important to do the same for your roof and home. Always ensure the style of your home matches the style of the new roof you desire.
Are you the modern type? Or do you find pleasure in a more rustic, woodsy style? Believe it or not, these are the important questions you need to be asking yourself. The type of material you choose depends on what look you want to achieve.
Just as you want your color schemes to match, the pitch and style of your roof will clash with certain materials. The steepness of your roof, as well as your roof’s style, will help you determine the right colors and materials that should ultimately be used.
Here are some more things you should consider when choosing the color of your homes roofing system to amp up its resale value:
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1. Which is better – Light or Dark?
When choosing a color scheme, we always like to ask you first. After all, it is a personal preference. So, what do you like better? A contrast or a blend? A contrast would be a light-colored home paired with a dark roof. Think of a white home, with a black roof. Chic, huh?
Now, how about a dark-colored home and a light roof? Perhaps a hunter-green home paired with a white roof. That sounds pretty cool!
You can also choose to do a blend. A blend is where we match the roof as close as we can to the color of the rest of the home. An example of this would be a grey stucco home and a grey roof. You’ve got a lot to choose from!
2. Property’s Siding and Color
It is essential that you evaluate the structure and color of your home before choosing the roof’s color. It can be beneficial if you are planning to repaint your home when replacing or constructing the roof. This will help you create eye-catching combinations, and really earn your money’s worth upon reselling.
The color of the roof will either shift the potential buyer’s focus or grab it. Therefore, whatever roof color you pick, it is a great idea to have a plan of what you are doing with the rest of the exterior siding and color prior to selecting your new roof color. No pressure, just something to think about.
Common Color Combinations
If you don’t know which colors look good together or what colors clash, we’ve created a list of common color combinations that you can try. Let’s take a look at what they are:
- White. White is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile colors. For this reason, if your home is white, you can choose any roof color that you’d like. Nothing clashes with white.
- Cream. If your home is along the lines of cream and taupe, hues of blue, black, green, or gray will look great.
- Wooden. Wood comes in many different shades and colors. Typically, wooden homes look great with black, green, gray, blue, or even brown roofs.
*Pro-tip: when picking a roof color for a wooden home, remember to keep it simple and pick a color that diverts everyone’s attention to other property elements*
- Red. Red is a bright color on its own, so it’s better to pair it with darker, more subtle shades. Usually, red looks great with black or gray.
- Gray. If your home is gray, the safest bet would be to install a black or gray roof. Other colors, such as white or pewter would also look great.
4. Location of Your Home
The location of your home will help determine the colors that would look best for your roofing system. In addition to the weather, you must also look at the type of sunlight and vegetation in your area.
A lighter color roof will help reflect the heat in warmer zones, whereas in colder regions, a dark roof will help absorb heat and keep your home warm. Additionally, the type of landscape you have around you will also play a factor in choosing the right color for your roof.
5. Your Personal Preference
Cruise around your neighborhood and take a mental note of the style and design preferences that you like. It could also be helpful to create a board of ideas and discuss them with a professional roofer.
If there’s anything you’ll take from this article, simply remember to match the style of your home with that of the roof. You can always re-paint your home later on, however, it’s much more difficult to get an entirely new roof installed.
If your home is chic and modern, don’t go for the outdated and ancient color themes. In contrast, if your home is made with bricks and has dated architecture, it’s better to match the roofing with something that will compliment that particular style. Your potential buyers will thank you.
What Color Roof Should I Choose If I Plan To Sell My Home?
Whichever color your heart desires! In the end, we buy homes to enjoy living in them, not constantly think about reselling them and moving on. Even if it is always in the back of our paleolithic minds. There’s no right or wrong color to choose, we promise.
If you’re someone who needs a more technical answer, this article explains that roofs with good resale value tend to be neutral-colored. This includes tan, brown, black, and gray. These colors tend to stay in style over time, along with roofs including shingles that are mixed with different color combinations of browns, blacks, and grays.
This guide is meant to point you in the right direction. You know, if you are a flannel, purple polka-dot pant, yellow sombrero-wearing type of person. Some color schemes simply look better together than others, as well as material types and roof pitch.
When you’re ready to get the best bang for your buck and put your home up on the market, or you’re ready to buy a new home and sell it in the future, consult this article and use it to your advantage. Reach out to RoofCrafters with any roof color questions or material concerns, and one of your experts with consult with you as soon as possible.