Choosing the right color for your roof is not always easy. With all the colors available for different roof materials like metal, slate or asphalt shingles, picking the right color can be hard. Not only that, your decision shouldn’t always be based on your preference. You should also take into consideration your house’s property value if you intend to sell it in the future. Here are some tips to help you choose the color of your roof.

Roof color has an effect on energy efficiency.

It’s common knowledge that light colors reflect light and therefore are less warm. And dark colors absorb heat. While most houses have air conditioning systems installed, you may want to consider your electric bill of you decide in favor of a darker color. A study revealed that black-shingled roofs were generally 10°F to 15°F warmer than identical white-shingled roofs. So if energy cost is a big deal for you, light colors are for you. And if not, just go with any color of choice or something that matches your house’s color scheme.

Does your house have bricks?

Choosing the right roof color is like putting a hat on your head. You want it to complement your outfit. And in the case of a house, some of the colors in it may be permanent like the bricks. Paint colors are easy to change but not bricks. Brick color may swing your decision depending on how much brick is on your house. Try to compare your color options to the brick and to the paint color you have in mind.

Contrast and complimentary colors.

Having contrast always enhances your house’s overall look. Try to create your color scheme based on the other colors you are planning to use on other parts of the house. If you plan to use different shades for the siding and trimmings, consider toning down the color of your roof. Sometimes it doesn’t make the decision process easier but mixing and matching makes it a lot more fun. And besides, your roof color may stay there for the next 20-30 years. So you have to be careful and patient when making that decision.

Your neighborhood might determine your roof color.

The area where your house is located may have certain rules that need to be followed. You will have to take this into consideration as you have to make sure your neighbors are not bothered and the association itself approves your color choice. Also try to see how your house will look beside your neighbors. You may want to make it look more appealing by choosing a different color or if it turns out that you like the same color, at least you can go for a different shade.

Think about your home’s resale value.

If you are not thinking of selling your home in the future, then this wouldn’t matter and you may go with your own preference. But if you see it as a possibility, then you may want to put on a color that appeals to most home owners.