From steely gray ties on men to naturally graying hair on women, "going gray" is the newest way for people to express themselves. So, it's not surprising that home exteriors are also "going gray" ... starting with the roof.
"Slate Gray was our number one roofing color sold in 2015," says Wendy Bruch with DaVinci Roofscapes. "This dignified color works well for so many home styles. It's a favorite in all regions of the country and homeowners seem to love the elegance and power of gray."
According to Kate Smith, chief color maven with Sensational Color, there's grace and dignity associated with different shades of gray, so it's no surprise that gray is a favorite roofing color choice for homeowners.
"The selection of gray indicates a person is diligent, secure in his or her environment and conservative," says Smith. "We're seeing that today's homeowners are embracing shades of gray on everything from their cars to their home interiors to their roofs."
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 and 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.”
To provide homeowners with "gray choices" the team at DaVinci Roofscapes offers 14 shades of gray as options for the company's polymer slate and shake roofing tiles: 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.
"The great news for homeowners is they don't have to select just one shade of gray for their roofs," says Smith. "Creating a personal blend of grays on the roof can give your home a unique look. There's a free Color Designer tool on the DaVinci website that allows you to mix and match colors so a homeowner can find the blend that best complements their home style."
Smith relates that gray is a color that lends itself well to other accent colors on the home. "A home with a gray roof that has deep hunter green shutters or a pomegranate-colored painted front door has tremendous curb appeal," says Smith. "Even the simple act of putting bright red pots of geraniums on a front porch or in window boxes looks so appealing when offset by a gray roof."
While most homes look great with gray roofing, Smith believes that Traditional and New American style homes especially lend themselves to gray tops. "The classic aspect of these home designs encourages the use of gray," says Smith. "Sometimes gray looks great as a weathered color, like on composite shake shingles on a cottage style home. Other times the sleekness of a rich, dark gray brings simple, clean look that's ideal for a contemporary style home."
According to Smith, people secure in their surroundings tend to select gray as a roofing color. "These are homeowners who are confident, conscientious and conventional," says Smith. "They could be Baby Boomers who are starting to see signs of gray in their own hair or who have achieved success in their careers. Gray is such a chameleon color that it transitions beautifully from the top of the head to the top of the house!"
Homeowners looking for color exterior ideas and inspiration can download two free e-books written by Smith, "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" and "5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Color Hues for Your Home" at http://www.davinciroofscapes.com/color-studio.php.
Kathy Ziprik is a curb appeal guru and the public relations representative for DaVinci Roofscapes, a Kansas-based manufacturer of polymer shake and slate roofing tiles.