A roof is a significant and long-term investment that you will have to live with for many years. Additionally, it represents more than 40% of your home’s exterior. Therefore, you should take your time to ensure you make the right choice. Particularly because of the weather in Naples. It’s hot and sunny and there is a specific style to the area. When choosing a roof, one of the essential factors to consider is color. Light colored roofs are traditionally better and don’t attract the sun and heat as much as a dark roof. This means that your attic will have less heat which can turn into a major problem for cooling your house. Research shows that one of the main challenges a homeowner faces is choosing the roof color that will complement their home’s design when repairing a roof in Naples.

However, the design is not the only consideration when choosing roof color. You have to consider other factors such as energy efficiency, the climate in Naples, neighborhood restrictions, and even your personal preferences. Read on to find out more about how to choose roof color.

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1. Neighborhood Restrictions

Does the homeowners association in your area have rules on exterior colors? Some neighborhoods even have restrictions on roofing materials you can use. As such, neighborhood restrictions should be the first consideration before even choosing the right roofing material for your home

Besides, the colors your neighbors have chosen for their roof can guide your choice. Do you want to match the overall look of your neighborhood? Or, would you rather make a statement with the color of your roof?

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2. Roofing Material

Nowadays, roofs are available in virtually any color you might like. However, the roofing material can limit your color options.

Metal and asphalt shingles come in the widest variety of colors. In comparison, natural roofing materials such as slate, wood, and clay have limited color options.

3. Climate and Energy Efficiency

What is the climate of where you live? See, the roof color can affect the temperature in your attic by 20 to 40 degrees. In other words, the roof color affects your home’s internal temperatures, which in turn affects your cooling and heating costs. 

Light colors reflect away the sun’s rays while dark colors absorb the heat. In Florida, the weather is hot most of the year. Therefore, for energy efficiency, choose a light color for your roof. The color will keep the internal temperatures cooler, which means less work for your air conditioning and lower cooling costs. 

In contrast, dark roofs raise the internal temperatures of a home. As such, they are the best choice in the cold climates of the northern states, characterized by harsh winters and cooler summers. Additionally, since they absorb heat, they help melt away ice and snow. 

Of course, the roofing material also affects the reflection and absorption of heat. For example, metal roofing is more reflective than wood, slate, or asphalt shingles. Say you want a dark brown color for your roof, and you live in a hot area such as southwest Florida. A dark brown metal roof will be more energy efficient than an asphalt shingle roof of the same color. 

Experienced Florida roof companies, such as Tornado Roofing, understand the role roofing plays in energy efficiency. Therefore, they provide roofing shingles with solar-reflecting colors from reputable manufacturers.

This is a picture of a roofing system.

4. Architectural Design and Style

What is the architectural style of your home? The architectural design is an essential factor when making roofing decisions. 

House designs such as cottage, ranch house, and farmhouse could use a bright-colored roof as the design allows for a broad color combination. The traditional Spanish-design will look better with a clay-red roof. However, minimalist and contemporary designs tend to go better with dark-colored roofs. 

Also, you should consider the other exterior architectural elements, such as siding and walls. For instance, you could match your roof with the brick walls of your home by going for tan-colored singles. Similarly, you could base your roof color choice on the style and pattern of your siding.

The color can also affect how big or small your home appears. Dark colors tend to make a home look smaller, while bright colors not only make a house look brighter but also seem larger than it is. 

The bottom line is, you can ruin or enhance the architectural design of your house through the color, pattern, and style of your roof.

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5. Color Coordination

After style, you also need to consider the color scheme of your home. You do not want the roof to clash with the existing colors. If you live in a neighborhood where houses are close together, it is also crucial that your roof does not extremely clash with neighbors’.

The roof makes up a large percentage of your home’s exterior. So, the safest approach is to choose a color that matches the most dominant color of your house. Matching means selecting the same color or another color that complements or blends with the existing colors.

For example, if your house is blue, you can choose a roof of a darker or brighter shade of blue or another matching color such as black, gray, or green. 

Another option when choosing roof color is going for contrast, especially if the entire exterior of your home has a monotone color. So, if your home has a single bright color such as sage-green, consider a contrasting darker color such as dark blue.

6. The Durability of the Color

The durability of a roof is dependent on the roofing material. Generally, most roofs will last more than three decades, despite the material and climatic conditions. Color is also a factor that affects the durability of a roof. 

Due to technological advancements, now roofing companies offer a wide color range for all types of roofs. But the fact that a contractor has the roof color you want is not the only factor you should consider. You need to ask how long that color will last.

Eventually, the color will fade. But, some colors fade faster than others, depending on the quality and climatic conditions. The technology used by a roofing company to coat the roofing material also affects the durability of the color. You will not get a good return on your investment if you have to replace or repair your roof before its lifespan elapses due to faded color.

This is a picture of a maroon color roofing system.

7. See How the Color Would Look Like on Your Home

Once you have installed a new roof, you are not changing how it looks for at least two decades. You do not want to regret your color choice from the very beginning.

You can find inspiration for your roof color choice from homes similar to yours, in your neighborhood, or looking for pictures online. 

Some roofing companies have galleries on their website where you can see the roof choices previous customers made. Most roofing specialists will bring shingle samples they deem would best suit your home so you can see how they would match the other components in your home’s exterior, such as siding or bricks. 

But perhaps the best way to see what different colors would look on your home is using a tool like Owens Corning.

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Get the Perfect Color for Your Roof

Are you looking to replace your roof with one with a different color? Or are you considering repainting as part of your roof’s repair? You have come to the right place. Tornado Roofing is an experienced roofing contractor in Southwest Florida specializing in both roof installation and roof installation. We have a wide variety of roofing materials available in a broad range of colors, including solar-reflective colors, which are an excellent choice in the hot Florida climate.