Many factors contribute to your home’s curb appeal. From your landscaping and hardscaping to your driveway and windows, each element can increase the beauty and value of your home. Two elements that are instrumental in establishing curb appeal are your roof and your siding.
Should you match your roof and siding colors, or use contrasting colors? While there are no hard and fast rules, there are some guidelines that can help you to reach a decision that meets your aesthetic.
In this post, we’re going to look at some of the factors that can help you decide which approach is the right one for you.
Different Colors Of Roofs
Today, there is a wide array of roof colors available, but when it comes to selecting the right color to coordinate with your existing siding, follow some basic design best practices.
For example, using a lighter colored roof along with light color siding can make a smaller home look larger and more expansive. If you have dramatic, or stark architectural details, using a lighter roof color can highlight and soften these features.
If you are seeking a more harmonious look, colors that skew more towards the mid-tones integrate with almost any style of home and any structural features. More dramatic effects can be realized by using a darker roof color in a more natural tone, attuned to the nature surrounding your home to make a design statement while creating balance.
Using a neutral colored or intermediate shade roof blends well with almost any home style or siding color. Using roof colors like brown, tan, gray, cream, and black (or variations) goes well with most home styles and exterior siding colors.
For example, a home with a dimensional shingle roof in a darker gray, along with lighter gray siding, can have a polished, finished look.
Different Colors Of Siding
Depending on the material you choose for your siding, the color will have a varied lifespan. For example, wood shingles will need to be painted every five years or so, depending on your climate. This can make changing the color much easier than if, for example, you choose to go with a color-thru vinyl or metal siding product. These products are designed to last for many years, and changing the color can be difficult and expensive.
The typical asphalt roof, on the other hand, has a lifespan of 20 to 30 years. So, unless you are planning on installing new roofing and siding simultaneously, or are building a new home, your roof should always be a factor when choosing your siding color.
Another consideration is your home’s architectural design. It can provide strong hints as to whether you should match or contrast colors, as well as dictate the color palette. For example, Colonial homes are traditionally white, and this is a perfect choice if the roof is a darker hue.
Match Or Contrast?
Much comes down to the style and size of your home, as well as your aesthetic preferences.
Exact matching is not a necessity. Using complementary colors is typically a better, more easily attained goal than trying to match your home from top to bottom. Staying within a color family is an easy way to achieve this. Choosing a roof color that is a darker version of the siding color, or a darker shade within the same family can give your home a unified look. Try to stick with either “warm” or “cool” colors. For example, if the siding on your home is in a cool color family, like blues and greens, choose a similar cool color for your roof.
Certain home styles lend themselves better to contracting colors, for example, Colonial or Craftsman style homes. However, it’s important to consider any features of your home’s exterior. You want to blend your colors to highlight structural features, like brick or stone facades, shutters, wood trim, or other embellishments. Their function in your home’s exterior design should be considered when matching siding and roofing colors.
Today, with the trend toward modern looking homes, siding is available in a wide range of colors and patterns like brick, stone, or wood. Many contemporary homes are intensified with roofs in black or various tones of gray. Even white and metal roof colors that offer energy efficiency, can create a contemporary look, and save you money on utility costs.
Matching or contrasting your roof and siding colors needn’t been overly complicated. Working with a good contractor, designer, or color specialist can save you time and provide you with several appropriate color palettes. They will take your existing siding or roofing color into account and provide you with options in the right hues to either match or contrast your home’s existing elements bringing harmony and balance while perfectly matching the style of your home.