A Different Way to Choose Your Roof

To determine the best color for your roof, start by looking down, not up! This idea of looking down rather than up when selecting your lightweight roofing tiles may seem counterintuitive but it can be an easy way to hone in on the best imitation slate or shake color options for your home.

If you think that you need to focus on finding a roof color that matches the color of your home’s siding you’re right but it isn’t the most important thing to consider. It is actually more important to consider the permanent elements such as the foundation, partial stone or brick facades, pathways or retaining walls. Each of these elements play a role in the visual appearance of your home and should work together well in order to create a cohesive and harmonious color scheme.

When choosing a lightweight roofing solution look at the fixed features to determine the best color
The permanent elements or fixed features of a home — the foundations, partial stone
or brick facades, pathways or retaining walls, etc. — can point you in the right direction
for selecting the best color tile for the roof color.

The siding color is the one thing about your home that is likely to change while the permanent elements are likely to remain the same for the life of the home. This makes your fixed features an excellent source for color direction. For example, if your house has siding with an entry area that is brick, you will want to identify not just the main color of the bricks but also something known as color cast.

At first glance you might think red but if you take a closer look you’ll begin to see that there is more to the surface color than first met the eye. Many bricks are essentially red, but have a golden yellow or beige cast. Make note of both the main color and color cast.  Either one or both of these colors could possibly we included in your colorblend. Look at the other fixed features of your home in the same way and I bet you’ll begin to see some repetition of color tones. It is this repetition that allows different materials and textures to all work well together. Think of choosing your roofing color so that it also includes the predominate color or color cast.

imitation shake tiles that go well with this homes slate entry way
There are many colors of synthetic shake tiles can work with the stone around
this entry way.  DaVinci Roofscapes Light or Medium Gray cedar shake alternative or
a blend of the two grays will give the homeowner the most flexibility with siding colors.
Dark Amber is also a good choice that will warm up the exterior and Green Stone
adds a touch of subtle color to the roof that highlights the green in the stone.

By repeating the colors or color cast from other elements it begins to visually tie them together. If all of the permanent features including the roof work well together you are well on your way to creating an appealing scheme. Plus you’ll have a great deal of flexibility if you decide to change the siding or accent colors on your home later on. When all of the fixed features have a cohesive color story it opens your options when it comes to siding color. If all of you fixed features are gray or have a gray color cast just about any color family will work.

Brown or warmer color cast often work well with siding colors that are also warm. This doesn’t just mean tan or brown however. Any color with golden or reddish undertones can work. Sure browns can work with tans or golds but also think how beautifully brown looks with sage green.

By considering all of the colors of your home, not just the siding you can select a roof that will stand out because it blends in so perfectly with every element of your home.

Kate Smith
Color Expert Kate Smith lends her expertise to
DaVinci Roofscapes; a company that has manufactured award-winning synthetic slate and shake roofing since 1999. The polymer roofing tiles are virtually maintenance free and far more cost effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, the tile width variety and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year warranty and are 100 percent recyclable.