When building a new home, choosing the color of your roof’s shingles can be a tough decision to make.
The color of shingles can determine the aesthetic beauty of a St. Louis slate roof. The decision making is a daunting task because there are many things to consider before choosing the color, varying tastes of the family members being one of them! Here are some quick pointers from our St. Louis slate roofing experts to help you choose the color of the slate.
Types of slate available
First and foremost, home owners should remember that slate is a natural material found in different shades in different locations. Therefore, it is important that homeowners look for shades that are locally available to avoid drastic changes in shades.
Slates tend to change color over time due to reactions with weather. Homeowners should decide between weathering, semi-weathering and non-weathering slates and slates that tend to fade over time.
Do your homework
Before selecting the shade of a slate roof, homeowners should take into consideration the color of their brick or siding. The slate should complement the exterior colors. Overly contrasted houses often look garish, whereas monochromatic houses may make the house look boring and dull.
It always helps to scout the neighborhood for slated roofs and gather a few ideas, paying attention to the different combinations others have used for the exterior of their homes. It will give you an idea of which combinations look good.
Pay attention to detail
Slate has small granules, speckled all over. They make up for the overall shade of the slate. While choosing the color, homeowners should pay attention to these details and try matching them with the exterior colors of the house to have a “connect” between the roof and the exterior.
These granules that determine the shade of the slate look different at different times of the day due to different angles of the sunlight reflecting on them in the morning noon and evening.
Look for a finished product
Once the slate shades have been narrowed down, ask the shingle manufacturer if they have visualization software that will show the chosen shingle colors on a photograph of the house. One can also ask the contractor for addresses where they have completed roof installations to get an idea how a finished product looks from a street view. Often, it is seen that a completely installed roof looks different from a single sample piece, and also from photographs viewed on a computer screen.
Consider resale value
While bold, rich colored roofs add character to the house, is imperative to think ahead of time. If the homeowner is going to sell the house in future, color combinations make a huge difference in how potential buyers view the house. Having bold colors and overly contrasting shades might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Moreover, apart from these pointers homeowners should remember that slate roof installations should be done by an experienced and qualified St. Louis slate roofing contractor. For more information, call Duration Construction today at (314) 238-1357.