The Power of Gray
LENEXA, KAN. – From steely gray ties on men to naturally graying hair on women, "going gray" is the newest way for people to express themselves. Identified as a "commanding color" that signifies stability, elegance and dependability, gray is the new power color for 2015.
"There's dignity and grace to different shades of gray that no other color quite captures," says color trends forecaster Kate Smith with Sensational Color. "The selection of gray indicates a person is diligent, secure in his or her environment and conservative. We're seeing today's homeowners are embracing shades of gray on everything from their cars to their home interiors to their roofs."
At DaVinci Roofscapes®, 14 shades of gray are offered as options for the company's polymer slate and shake roofing tiles. The company's newest color, Smokey Gray, is the darkest shade of gray available from the company and reflects a deep, rich blackish gray reminiscent of real slate. The dark charcoal color gray can be combined with softer gray tones on a roof, such as Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Chesapeake or Slate Gray, to create unique roofing profiles.
“When you look at a home’s exterior it’s completely acceptable to ‘go gray gracefully’ with different shades of natural stone, flint and granite on the roof,” says Smith. “A gray polymer slate or shake roof offers exceptional versatility to the home exterior because the different grays in the roofing tiles complement almost any color siding or exterior accents.”
Smith points out that gray is one of the most common colors used on roofs because of both its connection to materials originally used on roofs (like heavy natural slate) and due to the comfortable muting of gray tones. “As a color source you can never go wrong mimicking nature,” says Smith. “Grays blend in well with natural surroundings of any form of landscaping. A gray roof doesn’t appear “jarring” to the eye in bright daylight and actually helps the home to have a softer, more muted tone overall.
“Gray roofs have a stately, refined look without being dull. And, a blend of grays is a wise choice that will live up well over the years and allow a homeowner to change out the colors of their siding, trim or main entry door. The universality of a multi-hued gray roof means it will look just as regal in 50 years as it does the day it’s installed.”
DaVinci offers 50 different standard roofing colors, including 14 shades of gray: Smokey Gray, Slate Gray, Medium Gray, Light Gray, Dark Gray, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, Dark Weathered Gray, Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake and Dark Chesapeake.
A DaVinci Color Design Program is available to homeowners with a Color Design tool located at www.davinciroofscapes.com. The free on-line tool allows people to create their own custom color blends using DaVinci’s 50 standard colors.
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.