Calgary Roofing: How to Pick the Right Colour for Your Roof

Making a big purchase can be a somewhat stressful time in your life, but it can also be a thrilling one. When you are buying a car there are always those exciting moments when you get to choose your extras, add-on the bells and whistles, and choose the hue of your automobile – so why don’t people get that pumped about picking out a Commercial roofing colour?

As your roof covers approximately 40% of your house, choosing the right colour for your roof can show off your design aesthetic, your personality, and dramatically boost the curb appeal (resale value) of your home. While it is a fun thing to do, it is not necessarily easy. Whether you are going with metal roofing or asphalt or wood shingles, you are going to have a myriad of colours to choose from. There are a few factors to consider when you are narrowing down a colour (and a shade), the Calgary roofing team from United Roofing created this handy list to help you choose wisely.

The Weather

If you want to save money on your heating bill, you may want to consider dark shingles for your roofing material. As we know, black absorbs heat while light colours repel it. If you lived in Greece or Texas you may consider light roofing materials, but we live in Southern Alberta. Because our winters can be downright frigid, a super dark roofing system can help cut down on your gas bill for the winters.

Architectural Style

Whether you have a Tudor style home or a country cabin, there will be a roofing material and colour that works for your aesthetic. The more traditional style homes (ie. Victorian, farmhouse, colonial) demand a more traditional look, like dark greys, blacks and solids. Rustic style homes and others with a more relaxed vibe can really benefit from less severe colours to help create a warm and inviting feeling. You want to choose exterior shades that will both compliment and contrast each other – if your roof matches your house too much it will just make it drab and boring.

Matching Your Features

Often times professional commercial roofing contractors will recommend that you pick shingles based on the colour of your brick. Exterior paint, shutters, and some siding can all be changed, but brick is forever. You may want to compare potential shingle colours to the brick on your house. If you have a fairly busy exterior you may want to go with a toned down or neutral shade for your roof to help bring it all together.


You are going to have your roof for at least 20 years which means that you should choose a colour that you are going to enjoy for a quarter of your life. However, you may want to consider your neighbourhood and pick a palette that is going to blend nicely with your neighbours.

Of course, choosing the perfect colour for your roof won’t matter if it is not seamlessly installed by trusted Commercial roofing contractors like the team from United Roofing. If you are still unsure about picking the perfect colour our crew can help! Give our helpful customer care reps a call and see how we’ve got you covered.

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