If you are thinking about replacing your roof you’re probably being overwhelmed with the choices in styles of roofs out there. Different materials make the difference in the look of your home, not to mention choices of colors. So how to choose? You could stay with the status quo, but what if you want to do something new and different? Do you have to match the style of your home with the style of your roof?
Matching styles is a good idea. In many cases, like if you live in a community with a homeowners association, you might not have a choice as to material, style and color. But if you don’t how different should you venture from your current roof? Matching styles is important, but that doesn’t mean you have to do the same old thing.
All you really need to know is the style of your home. Here are some common styles found across the U.S.: Art Deco, Cape Cod, Colonial, Contemporary, Craftsman, Dutch Colonial, Federal, French Provincial, Georgian, Gothic Revival, Greek Revival, Ranch, Saltbox, Split Foyer, Spanish, Tudor and Victorian. Then you have to think logically about what type of roof fits the style of your home. A cape cod could have asphalt shingles, metal or wood shake roof, but a Spanish or Mediterranean style might not look right with a wood shake roof, and instead might look better with a ceramic round tile roof.
So check with your homeowners association first to be sure that you won’t be getting into trouble by using the wrong roofing materials, style or color. Yes, if you choose wrong, they can make you remove it and start again… all at your expense. So get it right the first time. Then consult a roofing professional. They can tell you the best styles for your type of home. Then be sure to choose complementary colors for the color of your home. Have fun, think outside the box but keep styles complementary as well.