Choosing your roof color is one of the hardest choices you’ll ever make in any home remodeling project: after all, you’ll be living with that choice for at least 20 years or so. The wide availability of colors alone—multiplied by the roofing types and customization options—can be daunting for inexperienced homeowners.
At CMS Roofing, we know how that feels, and as one of the leading roofing contractors in South Carolina, we’d like to share a list of things to consider when choosing your roofing color.
1. Dark vs light – If indoor cooling is a problem during the summer season, you may want to avoid dark roof colors, as they absorb more heat compared to lighter roofing colors. White roofs are best for reflecting heat from the sun—known as the “cool roof” effect—but if white isn’t a roofing color option, you can choose products like GAF Timberline® Cool Series® with the same reflective properties.
2. Permanent siding – If your home has a permanent exterior like brick, stonework, or masonry, then much of the work has been cut out for you and your roofer. Choose a roof color that coordinates with your permanent exterior, because it will likely outlast your roof. The same goes for your trim and gutters; it’s easier to paint these to match your roof and exterior.
3. Neighborhood colors – If you live in a gated community, there’s a chance your roof color options have already been narrowed down for you. If not, take a walk around your neighborhood and pay attention to the roof and siding colors; it should give you an idea of which colors won’t stand out from the status quo.
4. Complementary colors – If your roofing project also involves siding replacement, it’s an opportunity to choose a completely new roof color that complements your siding and vice versa. You can try out complementary color combinations using a color wheel, then try out different shades. For easy mixing and matching, use an online tool like the GAF Virtual Home Remodeler. In addition to letting you use photos of your own home to virtually install roof, siding, and trim on your home, you can also simulate what your color choices will look like at different times of the day.
Let one of the leading roofing companies in South Carolina help you. Call CMS Roofing today at (877) 425-4121 or fill out our contact form to schedule your free roofing consultation. We serve Charleston, SC, and Columbia, SC.