How to Choose a New Roof Colour for your Home
Whether you are restoring your existing tiled roof or replacing it with new Colorbond steel sheets, you may find choosing the colour for your roof a bit daunting. Your roof can really enhance the aesthetic look of your home’s exterior as well as improve its value, so you want to get it right.
Don’t rush this decision – it’s a pretty big one so consider your options and preferences, obtain some professional advice and try to enjoy the process.
Things to Consider When Selecting a Roof Colour
Take into account the architectural style of your home and what would suit it. Also, look at the other colours on your property such as the walls, windows, garage doors, driveway and other smaller details. If you don’t need or want to change anything else, choose a roof colour that will complement what you already have. Note the colours of accents that probably won’t be changed such as bricks and concrete.
If your roof is a dominant feature of your home’s exterior such as a steep gabled roof, be careful not to have it overshadow other features by selecting a mid-tone colour. While you are updating your roof colour, you may want to consider new colours for your fascia, gutters and downpipes too.
If you live in a sunny, hot climate then a lighter colour on your roof will help reflect heat and vice versa – you may prefer a darker roof to absorb heat if you live in a cooler area.
Do you want to play it safe with a neutral colour, or choose something bolder for more of a statement and a bit of fun? Check what your colour swatches look like at different times of the day to see how the colours change under different light conditions.
A great way to get ideas and inspiration for your house’s colour scheme is to drive around your local neighbourhood, looking for properties that are similar to your own and making note of what you like and what you don’t. Colours will look lighter under direct light and in a large area, so while a colour chart is helpful, seeing the colours on an actual roof if possible is ideal.
Another option is to have a look online, where there are some handy tools that allow you to change colour facades on images of houses so you can get a good idea of what it will look like once complete. Colorbond offers a visualiser tool that is worth checking out.
It is a good idea to check with your local council before changing your roof colour as there may be restrictions on what you can choose, particularly if your home is classed as heritage. If you live in a flat or apartment, there may also be restrictions on colour schemes for the facade and prior approval will be needed before making any changes. It can become difficult when there are multiple owners of a building as not everyone may be willing to change the exterior at the same time – or want the same colours.
Painting a Tiled Roof
Enlisting in an experienced roofing specialist like Roof Guard to undertake repairs or maintenance on your tiled roof will ensure a watertight and professional finish. When it comes to the painting, they will be able to provide the colours available and offer some advice on choosing the colours for your home.
A reputable roofing company will use a 3-step painting process so your roof will have a durable and even finish. The first coat is a wet adhesion promoted acrylic primer, made up of extremely fine particles. It is designed especially for concrete tiles and the advanced formula is designed to promote deep penetration into the tiles for optimal adhesion of the top coats.
The second and third coats are the base and top coats of paint. Applied carefully and evenly, only the highest quality paint should be used for perfect results and a long lasting colour.
Paint Colours for a Colorbond Roof
Installing a new metal roof is a big investment so take your time if you are going down this path. The colours available for Colorbond roofs are categorised into three groups: classic colours, contemporary colours and matt colours. There is a range of colours in each group so peruse the website for the Colorbond steel colours.
It can be an exciting task to update the look of your home with a new roof colour. There are several options available, and you will likely have it for several years, so do your research and engage an industry professional before making any major decisions. The helpful and expert team at Roof Guard can be contacted for a chat and advice about updating the roof on your home.