When you invest in a new roof, you’re committing to one specific style, color and design for the next several decades, so you definitely don’t want to make a snap decision and end up being stuck with a roof you dislike.
There are quite a few different factors that must be taken into consideration when selecting a roof, such as materials, warranties, contractors and the benefits of solar. Then you have to determine which style and color would work best with your home’s architecture and the overall look of your neighborhood, while still staying true to your own personal taste and preferences.
Because this is such an important decision, it would be wise to keep in mind these “3 C’s” for choosing the perfect style and color for your roof, courtesy of our friends at GAF.
Communicate. Many HOAs and housing complexes have specific covenants addressing which roofing colors and styles are permissible in your neighborhood, so be sure to check before implementing anything. Even if you don’t have any such restrictions to consider, it would still be a good idea to chat with your neighbors and think about whether you want your home to blend in with the neighborhood, or stand out with a unique roofing style or color.
Complement. Your roof plays a huge part in the appearance of your home, and it must work well with all of your home’s other style elements to achieve the appropriate balance. You must take into account your home’s exterior cladding (brick, vinyl siding, stucco, painted wood), its design (rustic, modern, colonial), and its color, so that in the end you have a roof style that complements and adds to the beauty of your home’s exterior.
Compare. With hundreds upon hundreds of roof styles and color options to choose from, the thought of comparative shopping can be downright intimidating. Fortunately, GAF has made it easy for you with the GAF Style Guide, along with their GAF Virtual Home Remodeler that allows you to upload pictures of your home and then mix and match shingle colors and styles, trim and other exterior materials.
Now that you know what the 3 C’s entail, GAF has one more C to consider: Curb Appeal. If you plan on staying in your home for years to come, then by all means choose the roof that speaks to you and your style. If you plan on selling in the near future, you’ll want to choose a more neutral option that will appeal to a wider range of buyers.
For the best service and warranties when it comes to a roof replacement, it’s essential to have a GAF Factory-Certified Master Elite® Roofing Contractor like Muth Company on the job. Whether you need help choosing your roof or have questions about another roofing issue, we have the knowledge and experience necessary to get the job done right. Just give us a call at (614) 682-3060 and we’ll do whatever we can to help.