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TRUSTDale Tip of the Day: *How to Choose Roof Colors

Use a natural material such as clay or slate. This is usually not done for aesthetic reasons, but these materials have a visual presence and aura that should not be dismissed. In this example, color is a function of material, but if the raw material has a local origin, you might be surprised at how well the final appearance of the roof blends in with the countryside.

Choose a royal blue, corrugated metal roof to match the color of the sky. These roofs, though only common in the more arid regions of the interior West, are as beautiful as they are unique. And from a distance they create the appearance that a piece of blue has fallen out of the sky and landed on your roof. However, one should always remember that the first concern of a roof material is functional, and having corrugated metal on the top of your building may not be practical or desirable.

Choose a practical color that either reflects or absorbs heat. Do this in accordance with the climate where you live. If you live in a cold climate, choose a dark color to absorb the sun's rays. If you live in a hot climate (especially a desert), choose a light color to reflect the heat. An asphalt shingle roof consisting of white shingles is an attractive way to cover your house, plus the white color will reflect some of the sun's heat. (Please note that the difference roof color has in affecting the temperature of the interior space is minimal, especially if the roof is insulated. By its very nature asphalt shingle does not transmit much thermal energy. A metal roof may transmit more thermal energy, but only if the roof is uninsulated.)