Chances are, you put some thought into how your hair would look before you left the house this morning. Have you ever thought about how important it is for your roof to get that same kind of attention? Just as our hair can dominate our overall appearance and make an impression on the people around us through style, grooming, and color, the features you choose to finish the crowning element of your home—the roof—will have a significant impact on your curb appeal. Your home’s exterior expresses who you are to your neighbors, visitors, passers-by, and even yourself, so consider carefully before finalizing the shingle color that will top off the look.
Shingles these days come in a wider array of colors than ever before. Once you have chosen a style and a trusted roofer, take your time to make sure you are pleased—and compliant—with the color of your shingles.
Most neighborhoods in the greater Dallas area are overseen by a homeowners’ association (or HOA). Be aware that your HOA will likely have requirements when it comes to exterior colors in the subdivision so that specific colors may be off limits. Before you get your heart set on your shingle color, take samples of a few top choices to your HOA to see if any of them would not be allowed. This proactive outreach could save you a lot of stress and heartache later on.
Aside from what the HOA has to say, the most important thing to consider when choosing a roof shingle color is to avoid clashing. Believe it or not, colors and tones that are too similar to another feature of your exterior put you in the greatest danger of clashing colors. For example, you would not want a roof with variegated shades of gray atop a stone wall with variegated tones of gray. A light-toned, beige roof will not set off light-toned, beige siding, no matter how beautiful those shades of beige are. Avoid clashing by choosing shingles that complement your walls and windows with a bit of contrast, instead of trying to match.
Your neighbors’ houses should affect your choice of shingle color, as well. If every home on the block has the same color shingles, then your choice is easy, and you should go with it. It’s probably not that easy, though, and that’s okay, too. A variety of colors will beautify your street, as long as you arrange them thoughtfully. Again, some contrast is preferable, so don’t just choose a different shade of the same color roof that your neighbor has. That is sure to make whichever house has the lighter shade look faded and dingy. Go with a different color altogether instead to make your houses “pop.”
Here at B&C Exteriors, our top priority is to make your home look fantastic. Contact us today with your ideas, inspiration, and questions, and we will help you turn your house into your dream home.