A new roof, courtesy of your favorite residential roofing pros, is certainly an exciting purchase! Not only will it protect your home and insulation, potentially lower your energy bills, and make your HVAC system’s life easier, but it can also revolutionize the way your exterior looks.


For some homeowners, that last benefit may feel a bit more like a daunting challenge than a perk. After all, you’ll be hopefully under this new roof for two decades or more. What color you make it isn’t a decision to be made lightly, and with all the hues available, it can feel nearly impossible to narrow down your options.


Intelligent Design Corporation is here to help. Below, we’ll discuss a few factors to consider that can lead you towards the right roofing decision from a color-based, cosmetic standpoint.

What Color Is Your Siding?

Of course, you probably know that your roofing and siding should go together and harmonize, but you probably don’t understand how exactly to make this so, especially if you’re struggling to visualize the two next to one another.


As a general rule, dark roofing and light-to-mid-tone siding types tend to go well together, while mid-tone and lighter roofing has a way of making the structure seem larger. Make sure, too, that the color of your roofing and siding are far enough apart that they can’t be confused for one another. The point of the colors on these two structures is to create visual interest—whatever form that may take for your home’s style—not to create a singular, illy defined shape.

Classical or Contemporary?

While this is context-driven, it still tends to hold true that more neutral roofing colors, like gray, brown, and black, lend a home a classical look. Brighter, bolder hues—think blues, greens, and reds—can be agelessly elegant when used correctly, but they usually maximize a home’s modern flair. Your roofing contractor can help you understand your exterior’s style and help you pick a roofing color that best emphasizes it.

Don’t Forget About Undertones!

When it comes to residential and commercial roofing, a brown shingle is rarely just a brown shingle. To create depth and sometimes a more natural appearance, many roofing companies vary the colors within a certain degree on their shingles, creating a product that’s much more appealing to look at than it would be otherwise. It’s important to consider both a shingle’s overtones—its dominant color—and its undertones—the colors that are in the background—to make sure that a given line will work with your home.

Intelligent Design Corporation: All Your Home Remodeling Needs, Covered

Our Maple Grove team of roofing contractors is excited to help you with your latest project. Reach our office today at 763-315-0745.