Are you building a new home or renovating? The Colorbond® colour range features a huge selection of shades for your roof. But not every colour roof looks great on every home. This guide will help you choose the right colour roof for your home.
Why is your roof colour important?
When building a new home or renovating, it’s important to think about the colour of your roof. Most Australians choose from the Colorbond® colour range because metal sheet roofing is the most economical and best value for money. However, it’s amazing how many people don’t put enough thought into their roof colour.
Here are just a couple of the reasons why you should take the time to research and get the perfect roof colour for your home.
Increasing your home’s curb appeal
When people arrive at your house, the roof is often the first thing they see from the road. So, while this might not bother you in terms of passers-by or visitors, it can certainly make an impact when selling the home.
If you’re building a new home, your first thought probably isn’t about resale, because you intend to live there for a long time. But the day will come when you want to sell the home, and first impressions are a big deal.
If your roof colour looks out of place with the rest of the house, it’s going to be the first thing that people notice. So, if you want to appeal to more buyers and even enhance the value of your home, you need the perfect roof colour.
Controlling the temperature inside your home
This next one is a fairly simple concept, however, it doesn’t necessarily mean that one colour spectrum is better than the other. Quite simply, a lighter roof helps to reflect sunlight away from your home and a darker roof absorbs sunlight.
If you choose a dark roof in a warm climate, the roof cavity, and by extension, your entire home, will heat up more quickly. If you use an air conditioner, it will have to work harder to maintain a cool temperature inside because your roof is absorbing a lot of sunlight. This means higher energy bills.
If you opt for a lighter roof, sunlight is reflected away and therefore your air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain a comfortable temperature. With that being said, in a cooler climate, you may appreciate the fact that a dark roof absorbs more heat.
Choosing the best Colorbond® roof colour
Here are some tips for choosing the right colour for your roof. This list isn’t exhaustive, but it does give you a sense of the things you should consider before buying Colorbond® roofing materials.
Consider the climate
The first thing you’ll want to consider when choosing from the Colorbond® colour range is your local climate. As mentioned above, your roof can help control the temperature in your home. In warmer climates, you may prefer a lighter-coloured roof because it reflects heat away from your home. In cooler climates, you may love a darker roof that absorbs some daytime sun.
It’s important to note that this may only make a few degrees of difference to your home’s temperature, so you should still consider other factors. Just because you’re in a warm climate, you wouldn’t necessarily want a light roof if it didn’t match the overall aesthetic of your home.
Matching the colour of your house
You need to consider all of the colours used on the exterior of your home when making this decision because you don’t want anything to clash. So, this means if you have permanent fixtures that add colour to your house, you’ll need to think about how the roof goes with those. But most importantly, you need to consider the actual colour of the home.
Typically if you have a lighter house, such as beige or cream, the most appealing roof colours are black, grey, blue or brown. Even a darker red can work quite nicely.
If your house is darker, you may like to consider a lighter shade for your roof. However, if the house is brown or grey, you would usually still choose a darker shade, such as green, black or grey.
Also, don’t forget that you may want gutters that complement your roof and house colours.
Think about the design of your house
The architectural design of your home also plays a part in this decision. Certain colours just don’t look right with particular styles of housing. For example, older homes often look better with a darker roof, but it really depends on the overall aesthetic.
There are no hard and fast rules here because all homes are slightly different and don’t necessarily conform to an ‘era’ of building styles anymore. But with a little research, you’ll be able to find out whether your desired roof colour from the Colorbond® colour range suits your home’s architecture.
Consider local colour restrictions
It’s not terribly common in Australia, but if you do live in an area that falls under the governance of a Homeowner’s Association or similar, there may be some restrictions on the colour of the roof you can choose. Even some councils prefer to keep roof colours similar to avoid anything standing out too much.
If this applies to your location, just make sure you do the appropriate research first to determine what is allowed, and what isn’t. This will avoid the expense of fixing the problem, which can sometimes mean a whole roof replacement.
Need help with the Colorbond® colour range?
Clicksteel offers a convenient online service for all your roofing needs. We can supply metal sheet roofing in the entire Colorbond® colour range, so you’ve got more options than ever. So, if you’re building or renovating and you need the best roofing materials in Australia, look no further than Clicksteel. Contact us today to find out more.