If you are considering the replacement of your roof at home you need to determine not only the best type of roof but also its aesthetic appeal. Remember that the outward appearance of your home will dictate much of its resale value, so you need to choose carefully. Also, roof replacement represents a long-term investment and you have to ensure that it is done properly from the outset. So what do you need to think about?

Costs Come First

You need to bear in mind the overall cost of running your home as well when you consider what shade of roof to replace. If you think about the predominant climate in this continent, the temperatures, certainly in the summer months, are above average if compared to other nations. If you do decide to choose a darker colour, then you can expect the temperatures in your loft to soar in the summer months, which will increase your bill when it comes to air conditioning costs.

Remember Resale

Always aim to match the predominant colour of the roof with the brickwork type of the property. Remember, the overall colour scheme of the home should complement those to be found on surrounding houses in the neighbourhood, if you are to maintain the average resale value of your property in the marketplace. Note that new buyers may be reluctant to commit if your house seems to stand out too much from the others. While the colour of window frames and shutters can simply be changed at will, the overall colour rendering is much more difficult to address.

This doesn't mean to say that the colour of the roof should be exactly the same colour as the brickwork or rendering. You do need to inject some variety, so once again aim to complement the appearance of your home and its surroundings in order to come up with a solution that is pleasing to the eye.

If the exterior facade of your home already incorporates multiple different tones through the selection of differing stone, brickwork, or window/door colourings then you need to go for a safer, more neutral colour on the roof. Avoid anything that appears to be too busy.

How to Get a Picture

In order to help you picture in your mind's eye what your new colour scheme may look like, pick up a board from your local store that's roughly the same size as one of your window frames. Colour this board with your prospective colour and place it next to the brickwork or rendering of your house. Look at this from the street perspective in order to get a proper feel for the potential. It also helps to look at this sample at several different times during the day, as well as under differing cloud conditions. This will help to ensure that you don't get any surprises when you actually commit to the job.