In these trying times it’s more important than ever to keep the roof over your head going strong, but all the different color options can be dizzying. Whether utilizing a professional roofing company, or just good old DIY, there are many choices to make.


Before getting started


Always consider what you plan to not change during your project, as you’ll need to match whatever you leave the same.


Do your homework


Before you begin any home improvement project make sure you know what you’re getting into. Improving or replacing the roofing of your house may call for permits in your area, so double check local laws and ordinances before getting started. Getting the basics in order before you begin will keep things on track later.


Consider the materials


First things first, what will your roof actually be made of? Traditional roofing options like clay or slate usually only come in their natural colors, while asphalt can be ordered in a variety of shades. Deciding on a material may help whittle down your options.


Does your home have historical value?


In most cities there is a list of historical colors that were popular at the time of your home’s construction. Are there colors houses like yours are supposed to be? If so, there goes the guesswork. Not only does it simplify your project, but you’re also preserving a little piece of history just by living your life.


Color is weird


It’s important to keep in mind that pale colors reflect sunlight, while deeper colors absorb it. Lighter shades tend to be cooler because of this, while a darker color will retain more heat.


Besides literal temperature, colors are divided into “cool tones” and “warm tones.” Cool tones are blues, greens, and purples, and the warm tones are the reds, yellows, and oranges. Pairing colors across the party lines can be a risky move, so best leave it to professionals.


In general cool tones tend to be a little more sophisticated and relaxing, but they can also come across as sleepy or morose. Blues naturally remind us of water, so it’s not surprising that cool toned houses are more popular in the north where it tends to be rainier.


Warm tones promise energy, passion, and romance, but they can also read as nervous or impatient. Naturally, these tones are prominent in dryer, southern states.


Home improvement can be a daunting task, but looking up at the roof of your dreams will be more than worth it.