Choosing The Best Siding And Roof Color Combinations
By Jordan Swift, Innovative Building Materials
Your new home’s roof and siding selection can make or break curb appeal and is a perfect opportunity to showcase some personality. If you’re in the planning process of building a new home then you’re probably curious about which colors and materials are best for your property’s exterior. As with most things, there’s not a definitive answer. Instead, it’s about assessing what is most important to you, the homeowner.
We’ll cover everything you need to know to choose the best roof and siding colors for your house.
Popular Colors for Siding
So, which colors are trending for siding? Here are some of the biggest trends right now:
- Rustic red for a modern aesthetic
- Beige, brown, and green hues for craftsman-style homes
- Blue shades for farmhouse-style homes
- Linen white instead of off-white for white homes
Overall, there’s a massive surge in popularity for grey siding, white trim, fiber cement, board and batten styles, and two-tone color combinations.
Popular Roofing Colors
With roofing, the color choice has a lot more to do with practicality than color, and your options can be a bit more limited. Some homeowners are showing some clear color preferences, though. Like siding, there’s a huge upswing in the color grey.
While wooden roofs may look nice, their practicality is lacking. The best options for coastal properties tend to be metal or asphalt. Overall, roof colors tend to have much more to do with climate and material advantages than color.
For instance, asphalt is a common material for roofing, because it’s cheap and easy to produce. But, it’s typically dark in color and absorbs heat. So, if you’re in a warmer climate, you’ll want something a bit lighter to reflect heat, not absorb it. That decision has very little to do with color preference and everything to do with practicality.
In addition to practicality, people choose their roof color based on how it matches the rest of the house, so let’s look at some common siding and roof color combinations.
Popular Color Combinations
So first, you must determine whether you want matching tones or dual tones. Some people prefer their roof to match their siding in color to create one cohesive look. Conversely, others choose to go with two tones instead.
If you go dual tone, you can either go for complementary colors or contrasting colors. Complementary colors are easier on the eyes, while contrasting colors are for more of an impact.
If you want to go for trendy color combinations, here are some safe bets:
- If your siding is red, go for black, dark brown, dark grey, or dark green roofing.
- If your siding is blue, go for black, brown, white, or grey roofing.
- If your siding is tan or beige, go for black, brown, dark blue, or dark green roofing.
- If your siding is white, go for black, green, grey, brown, blue, or red roofing.
- If your siding is brown, go for green, blue, charcoal, or roofing in a different shade of brown.
- Finally, if your siding is grey, go for black, darker grey, white, dark blue, or dark green roofing.
If you decide to choose your roofing based on color, then you might have an obvious choice for siding and roofing materials. For instance, if you want wooden hues, then faux wood will likely be the superior material choice. Or, if you want white siding, then white board and batten siding made from metal materials is a trending option right now.
However, if you’re unsure about color, or are flexible, then the material choice could be what determines your home’s color palette.
For siding, some of the popular material options are:
- Fiber cement
- Natural Stone
Then, for roofing, some of the popular material options are:
- Solar Shingles
All of these material options have their own advantages and disadvantages. They all also come with varying price ranges. Many of these materials are stuck to a very specific color palette (like asphalt). Others have a variety of different color options (like vinyl).
So, the material you choose could be what actually determines your color options.
Final Questions to Ask Yourself
When it comes to selecting colors for your roof and siding, there are several questions you have to ask yourself.
- What is my climate?
- Do I care more about color or material?
- What is my home’s architectural style?
- Do I want to make a statement or blend in with my neighborhood?
Knowing the answers to these questions will help guide you towards picking the best siding and roof color combination for your house.
Meet The Author
Jordan Swift is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and interior design. Jordan is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value, improve sustainability, and create a warm and welcoming ambiance.