Painting your roof is a great way to add value and a new life to your home. But what colour
should you choose? There are a number of factors to consider from the climate to exterior walls
and how to get prepared. Read on for some great tips!
Match your surroundings
Matching your home to your surrounding landscape is a great idea. Especially important if you’re in a rural setting. To blend seamlessly into your back yard, go for more earthy, natural tones like olive greens or muted browns.
If you’re by the sea in a light and sunny environment, why not add some interest with a pop of fresh, bright colour like bright blue or coral? For those in a more urban setting, it’s worth taking a look at what the neighbours are up to.
If everyone in the street has a green roof, doing the same will keep the street cohesive. But if you’re a risk taker and fancy making a statement, this could be your opportunity to go it alone!
Consider the climate
The colour of our roof can affect the temperature inside, so it’s certainly worth thinking about what sort of region you live in before making your final decision. Are you in a sunny spot like the Bay of Plenty or Nelson? Or are you at the cold end of those Wellington winds in winter time?
Dark colours tend to absorb more sun and heat, so if you’re in one of our warmer regions plump for lighter colours like sand, beige and white to regulate the temperature inside.
If you’re in a cooler climate, feel free to go for darker colours like black, charcoal or brown and keep things warm and cosy whatever the weather!
Compliment your exterior walls
Are your exterior walls a light or dark colour? Do you want the roof to contrast with them or be complimentary? Homes with white exterior walls can look striking with a dark roof.
Equally beige exteriors can look elegant when paired with a brown roof. Check colour wheels for information on contrasting and complimentary colours.
Do your research
Get some inspiration from wherever you can. Take a walk around your local neighbourhood and take some photos of what you like and don’t like. Buy some home and garden magazines and create some mood boards.
Or just hop online and see what you can find. There are plenty of great, free apps and websites that will let you try some options before you buy.
And if you’re really stuck, talk to an expert about past projects and get some professional, inside info!
Before you take the leap and give your roof a new lease of life, make sure it’s good to go. Get a professional to give it the once over and make sure all broken or missing tiles have been replaced.
By making sure your roof is ‘paint ready’ you’ll save a whole heap of time and money in the long run. Rimu Roofing can help out with a roof assessment before you take the plunge.