Roofs that stand out and still fit in

by redcypamiz
(California, USA)

When you drive through a neighborhood, you're likely to see rows of houses all with dark roofing shingles. Today most homeowners go with the traditional asphalt shingle. However, this wasn't always the case. Throughout the ages, people have used many materials and colors to build roofs. Some roofers have noticed a return to the days when people wanted to experiment with different colors from reds, to purples, to blues, and greens.

When Carol and Ray Knoff lost their black shingle roof in a severe storm, they decided to replace it with something a little more unique. They decided to go with a red and gray tile roof. Their home was Victorian and Victorian homes traditionally had red slate roofs which faded to gray over the years. While it took the neighbors some time to warm up to the idea, the Knoffs are glad they decided to stand out a little.

Express yourself (but not too much)

The idea behind the movement towards more color in roofing choices is that homeowners are free to express themselves. The trick is being able to express yourself and have a unique looking roof without standing out too much. Unless you live in San Francisco, you can't get away with a bright pink house and a sky blue roof. You've got to find a style and color that's just different enough to stand out without going over-the-top.

Tips for choosing the perfect roof

If you want your next roof to be something a little different, a good place to start is the architecture and history of your home. If like the Knoffs you have a Victorian home, you can look at styles and colors that would compliment that type of home.

Victorian homes were traditionally colored slate. The colors weren't bright however, they were very subtle. A red or green tint for a metal roof is a great choice for farmhouses. Do a little research on the architecture and style of your home. Your roofing contractor might also have some good suggestions.

Before you get carried away

Any design expert will tell you to be extra cautious when deciding on exterior color. It's especially true with your roof. You can't change your mind and just paint over it in a month or two, you're stuck with it for decades or until you are willing to pay for more roofing work.

Finally, if you belong to a homeowner's association make sure you understand the rules regarding the appearance of the exterior of your home. They may have rules in place that require a certain material or color for the roof.

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