Going Grayer --- Popular Shades of Gray Roofing
LENEXA, KAN. – From sizzling book titles to whales to the hair of famous actors, the color gray has never been more popular. That's especially true in the roofing industry.
"Gray is a classic, timeless color, so it's really no surprise that the color gray is an essential element in the home exterior palette," says Kate Smith, chief color maven at Sensational Color. "Gray is a color with historic roots that is at home on a beach bungalow or a stately mansion. Shades of gray continue to increase in popularity because of the color's widespread appeal.
"The color gray reflects the finer things in life, a respect for history, and a love of colors that are as complex as we are. Gray tones are mysterious in many ways ... especially in how they can both 'carry' a color scheme or sit back and serve as a bolster to other colors."
According to Smith, architects and home builders lean on the color gray to unify diverse materials and textures both inside and outside the home. "There's almost no home exterior that wouldn't work with a gray roof," says Smith. "Perhaps that's why Slate Gray is the repeat number one best seller in polymer slate and shake roofing products at DaVinci Roofscapes."
Gray on the Rooftop
Up on the roof, shades of gray attract the attention of homeowners nationwide year-after-year.
"Fourteen of our 50 standard roofing colors reflect a shade of gray," says Mark Hansen, vice president of sales and marketing at DaVinci Roofscapes. "That's because so many people request gray colors for their roofs. We continue to add shades of gray to meet the demand of homeowners nationwide.
"The Smokey Gray color we introduced last year has become an instant favorite. Slate Gray, our number one seller, comes in a refined gray, like a grey wolf. However, Smokey Gray is more charcoal in nature with a deep richness. Some of the best custom blends we've seen recently include both of these popular gray colors plus a Medium Gray or Light Chesapeake."
Gray at Home
When it comes to home exteriors, gray is a true neutral that "plays well" with all other colors. Smith relates that neutral gray can set the stage for creating a cohesive color scheme for the many materials used in a New American house and other home styles.
"Traditional homes are appealing for tones of medium or deep gray, accented with lighter trim and strong accent colors," says Smith. "Ranch style homes benefit from going with two tones of gray --- one for the roof and one for the siding --- to give the illusion of height to balance the strong horizontal design of a Ranch. You'll also find that gray can balance the multi-color schemes found on Victorian homes. And, on any style home, gray is an appealing alternative to white or off-white as a trim choice."
Inside the home, Smith says that homeowners are requesting gray in everything from cabinetry to flooring to furniture. "Gone are the days of matching metals," says Smith. "Today, incorporating different metals and finishes is the way to go. People are mixing the gray of silver, pewter and chrome with the warm tones of gold, iron and copper. These are unique ways that gray proves its staying power as a stable color both inside and outside our homes."
Gray polymer roofing colors available from DaVinci Roofscapes include: Slate Gray, Dark Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Smokey Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake.
The experienced team members at DaVinci Roofscapes develop and manufacture industry-leading polymer slate and shake roofing systems with an authentic look and superior performance. DaVinci leads the industry in the greatest selection of colors, tile thickness and tile width variety. The company's reliable products have a limited lifetime warranty and are 100 percent recyclable. All DaVinci high-performing roofing products are proudly made in America where the company is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Roofing Contractors, the Cool Roof Rating Council and the U.S. Green Building Council. For information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit www.davinciroofscapes.com.