Design Trend Alert: The Roof is Going Gray
Contemplating new roofing? Whether winter winds and ice dams have made replacing your roof a necessity, or you are choosing a style of roof for new construction, consider the shingle color choice. Make your roof exactly they way you would like it to be.
Roofing style is subject to trends in design, as is any other part of the home. Changes in lifestyle, upgrades in technology, availability of materials, and generational growth can influence the popularity of roof color and design.
One such trend in roofing design is the popularity of shades of gray. According to national color expert Kate Smith, a color trend forecaster and the president of Sensational Color, “The addition of a storm gray or classic gray polymer slate or shake roof overhead caps off this feeling of security and stability in the home by uniting the entire exterior.”
Smith says that a roof in gray is especially embraced by the “Baby Boomer” generation, who are wielding their influence, and love of the elegance of the color, to form a trend that will soon be adopted by the majority of homeowners.
"A simpler palette of colors -- gray, beige, ethereal blue or green combined with deep brown or black -- give us the foundation for exploring ourselves and the world around us from the sanctity of our home," says Smith.
When choosing a shade of gray for your roof, consider your climate. Dark roof shingles absorb heat and may help insulate homes in a colder climate, while lighter roof shingles reflect sunlight and often help keep your home cooler in hotter climates.
Homeowners should also coordinate the roof hue to work with the other outside elements of the home. Dark gray enhances a gray, blue or predominately white home, while lighter gray may work well with yellow or tan.
Image courtesy of DaVinci Roof Escapes