How to choose a roof colour

A lot of homeowners forget about the colour of their roof. Sure, they may understand full and well that it provides shelter from the rain, sun and other elements, but there is more to it than that. It is important to consider how the roof impacts the visual appeal of a house.

Believe it or not, choosing a roof colour is an important decision for a homeowner to make. Picking an ugly colour or one that does not match with the house can hurt the home’s value and annoy neighbours. So, what needs to be known when selecting the colour of your roof? Here are a few things to consider.

House colour

Brown and black do not match. Yet many homeowners with beige or even brick house choose to have a black roof. Honestly speaking, these colours clash quite a bit and do not look all that great. However, pairing a brown or red home with a tan or cream coloured roof will create a house that looks sublime.

At the end of the day, the colour of a house will dictate what colour the roof should be. These two elements go together like peanut butter and jam and failing to consider one or the other in the decision can lead to a roof that appears to be out of place.


While not as important as the home colour, the colour of the gutters should be factored into the decision. This is especially true if there are no plans to replace them. A homeowner who has a white house and decides on black for the roof colour might think they are being clever, but only if the gutters match. If the gutters happened to be brown, the black roof could create a noticeable clash.

Some homeowners opt to replace gutters when installing a new roof or painting a house. This can ensure a harmonious look that adds some serious curb appeal to a home.

Neighbours’ roofs

Don’t forget to take a look at the neighbours’ roofs to see what colour it is. In some neighbourhoods, the roofing tends to be the same or similar colours. In order to avoid a jarring difference in roof colours, it is a good idea to have a look around to see what other homeowners have done. If there is a uniform pattern, it might not be wise to vary from this.

After these points have been taken into consideration, it is then time to sit down with a roofing expert who will be able to provide shingle samples that give an idea of what each colour will look like. This allows the homeowner to see first hand what the different shades might look like when compared to the house and gutters.

One final thing to note, don’t rush into making a decision when it comes to the roof colour. The roof should last at least 20 years and in many cases longer than that it is vital to find something that looks good, today, tomorrow and well into the future.

When it comes to roof replacement and reroofing, we’ve seen it all at Cool Spec Roof and Gutters. Our experts know what looks good and can advise you on choosing the right roof colour. Contact us today to get started.

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