Torn Between Slate or Shake...

I am debating between Bellaforté Shake or Multi-Width Slate. I am not finding a color in the shake that I think will go well with my house. I love the blues in the European multi-width slate. I just am confused if my house (18th Century Williamsburg Colonial) would look better with a shake or slate look. When I was building my house, I tried very hard to stay true to that time period. I have had my shake roof for 23 years, but think perhaps the blues in the slate will complement the blues in my brick/shutters. Or will it be too busy? The slate seems a little "cleaner" looking. Please help!

Leslie Hickey
Burr Ridge, IL
Product: Not sure - slate or shake?


Dear Ms. Hickey,

I appreciate you wanting to keep the integrity of the style of the home. Either the shake or slate profile would be appropriate in this case. Shake was widely used on the homes in Williamsburg but many of the larger buildings such as the Governor's Palace featured slate.

While any of the DaVinci Roofscapes products will give your home a refreshed look, going with a slate profile will be a more noticeable update, which can be nice when you are replacing your roof. 

Any of the profiles could work on your home but I like the size (slate) and texture (shake) of the Bellaforté product. Either would work very well on your size home.

I can see why you would like the European blend with your shutters however when selecting a roof color, your primary focus needs to be on finding a color that works well with your brick. You may decide to change your shutter color but your brick is a permanent element as is a roof with a lifetime warranty. These two elements must work well together first. Then you can look at how the color of the roof works with other elements.

In the photos it looks like you brick has a gray colorcast but it may be more brown. It is difficult to see true color in a photograph. It is best for you to look at the roof colors while standing in front of your home to determine the best blend. Here is a link to an article that explains colorcast that will show you what that is all about and show you examples of several different types of brick matched to roof colors:

I also have an ebook available - {FRESH} Home Exterior Colors - that I think you will find helpful. If you haven't already downloaded it from the website you can find it here:

Attached you will see the slate and shake profiles and colors I recommend you consider for your home. 

I hope this information is helpful as you make your decision.

Best regards,

Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Polymer Slate and Shake


Busy House - What Do You Recommend for Our Home?

We need a new roof and have a very busy house. We don't know what to do.

Diane Hoffman
Buena, New Jersey
Product: not sure



Dear Ms. Hoffman,

For your home, I recommend going with a blend that has natural color variations rather than multiple colors. Your stone has many beautiful colors and textures. A multi-colored roof would compete with the stone for attention when viewing your entire exterior.

For your outdoor setting and the warm gray/brown colors in your stone I like the shake profile in Mountain blend. I am showing it in Multi-Width but any of the shake profiles would work on your home.

If you prefer slate, gray would be a nice option. I'm showing Smokey Gray but chose the gray that best blends with the gray tone in your stone or is slightly darker.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Castle Gray-VariBlend or Slate Gray-VariBlend?

I wanted to get your opinion to see what you would suggest of color options we should consider for our Tudor style house in Lincoln, NE. We are going to go with the Single-Width or Bellaforté tiles.

Tate Johnson
Lincoln, NE
Product: Castle Gray-VariBlend, Gray Polymer Tiles



You have a lovely home with classic details. I think Castle Gray is a good choice in keeping with the style and period of your home.

Either the DaVinci Single-Width or Bellaforté profile would work. I prefer the larger Bellaforté tiles for your roof because of the scale of your home. I also think the look will be closer to your original look of the roof.

I hope that helps you to make a final decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


How Dark is Too Dark for Our Roof?

I am replacing our shake roof with a DaVinci product. I want to get the color right because this will hopefully be the only roof I will put on this house. I have considered the Mountain Blend, the Weathered Green Blend, Slate Gray-VariBlend and Slate Black-Vari-Blend or a combination of the mountain, gray and possibly green. I noticed that you have added Smokey Gray which I also think would look nice because I felt that black might be too dark but the slate gray not dark enough. I am attaching photos of the house and would appreciate your advice on the best roof color.

Terri Mardis
Rogers, Arkansas
Product: DaVinci Multi-Width Slate


Hello Ms. Mardis,

You have a lovely home and I can see why you are considering each of the colors you mention. Here is what I recommend.

First, decide if you prefer the look of shake or slate. Either one could work very nicely on your home so it becomes a matter of personal taste. Changing to slate will be the bigger change and will add a bit of formality.

As for color, you are correct that black would be too dark. I like the dark gray of Smokey Gray or the dark gray/brown of Mountain depending on whether you chose Multi-Width Slate or Multi-Width Shake.

A blend of colors could work but a more solid color with the look of natural color variations like the ones I'm recommending will keep the focus on your entrance and the interesting details of the front of your home.

I hope those thoughts help you to make your final color selection.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Color Difficulties... Please Help

I'm having difficulties picking the right colors on my home. There is too much dark red tone.

Marine City, MI
Product: I'm not sure.



You have a lovely home and it will look even nicer with a new roof that complements the existing colors and downplays the reddish tones.

On your style home you have the choice of going with either the slate or shake profile.​

There are two color directions that I recommend. Go with a brown that is darker in color than the brick and more brown/black than brown/red. The DaVinci Mountain blend would be a good fit. If you prefer to keep the trim in the brown family this would be a good choice. When it is time to repaint choose a brown that blends with the tones in your new roof.

Or you could go gray. European blend slate be a good choice because it has a few brownish tiles placed throughout that would blend with your brick and window frames. A solid gray could also work. In either case you could then change your main and accent colors to light gray/dark gray to update the overall look of your home while still going with a color scheme that would respect its history.

I hope that helps you to make your selection.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Need Help with Color Blend Selection to Enhance Brick

What is the best color to blend/enhance the red brick and dark brown siding and tannish trim. A darker Autumn-VariBlend? Tahoe-VariBlend seems to be too gray. Other product samples of grayish roof materials do not match well at all.

Name: Stan Ward
Product: Single-Width or Fancy Shake


Dear Mr. Ward,

You are correct in your thinking that a gray or color that leans gray will not be the best choice for a roof for your home. I agree that you will want to find a shake that brings out the brown and red tones of the existing materials.

I recommend either Tahoe or Mountain in either the Fancy Shake or Single-Width Shake. Both of these colors have a warm brown tone. Go outside during the late morning or early afternoon to look at a sample of each color and decide which is more appealing with your brick.

Either profile shake will work well on your home. Personally I like the Fancy Shake slightly better with your other finishes but go with the profile you prefer since either will be lovely and give your home a nice refresh update.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Legacy Home Investments

We are planning to possibly do a charcoal gray shake siding slightly darker than in the pictures below. And we would like to have a similar contrasting roof like in these pictures below. The autumn variblend seams to be very orange and doesn't have the weathered look at all. Obviously, this product doesn't weather much, so what would you recommend. Probably a little darker and grayer than the autumn blend, since that seems too orange in pictures.

Andrew Fleischman
Philadelphia, PA
Product: Bellaforté Shake











Dear Mr. Fleischman,

The Autumn blend is one of my favorites but I agree that it would not be quite right for the look you are going for. I think that Tahoe will give you the warm, aged look you are after and will work very nicely with dark gray on the siding.

You could also look at Mountain as a possibility but you do not want to have the roof and siding be the same value (lightness/darkness). Having some contrast between the two will give you a nicer look. This color may be too close in value to the siding color. If you prefer Mountain over Tahoe just make sure to look at your siding and roof colors side-by-side from a distance and make sure that you can clearly see the contrast between the two colors.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert 


Undecided - Which Color is the Best Match for My Brick?

This is the color brick I will be using on my house. I am undecided which color Multi-Width Slate to use between the following colors:

  • Castle Gray
  • Slate Gray
  • Slate Black
  • European


Sandro Scaramuzzino
Little Neck, NY
Product: Multi-Width Slate




Hello Sandro,

From a color standpoint all four of your choices could work however, because your brick has a distinct pattern I recommend that you select a roof color that has a more even tone.

The variations in color of the European and Castle Gray blends will compete for attention with the brick. Slate Black or Slate Gray would be a better match for your brick.

The choice between Slate Gray or Slate Black will come down to the style of home and your personal preference. I hope narrowing it down to these two choices will help you make your decision.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


New Home - New Roof. What Color?

I'm trying to decide between Slate Black and Slate Gray and wanted to get your expert opinion on what will look better. I believe our HOA will only allow different variations of Gray, but I think I could make a case for Black. I have to decide in the next day or two since I'm purchasing this home and need to replace the roof ASAP. So if there is any way you could respond soon, it would be most appreciated!

Amber Manry
Henrico, VA
Product: Bellaforté Slate


Hello Ms. Manry,

I think that either the Slate Gray or Slate Black would be great choices for your new home. If you want a darker gray rather than going all the way to black take a look at the newest color being introduced to the DaVinci line - Smokey Gray. It is between Slate Gray and Slate Black and might be just the solution you need to get a dark look while meeting the HOA requirements.

Congratulations on you new home.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


What Accent Roof Color Works Above the Entry Porch and Garage?

I am using this slate tile as an accent for the roof above the garage and above the entry porch. I was thinking that the Brownstone VariBlend would match well. Any comments or recommendations?


Pete Daniele
Bellaforté or Single-Width Slate



Hi Mr. Daniele,

An accent roof over the garage doors and entry porch will add another nice element to your exterior design.

You are on the right track with your thinking. Brownstone appears to match the brown tones in your stone work. My only suggestion would be is to make sure it is not too light compared to the main roof. 

The accent roof over the garage is a strong visual horizontal element in your overall design. Currently the strong contrast between the roof against the siding and the stone is one one of the reasons it works so well to balance the design and move the eye across the entire front of your home. If the roof colors blends in too closely with the siding and/or stone color you will lose some of the character that the accent roof adds to your home.

Another thing to look at with the Brownstone would be how it works with the main roof. From the picture your main roof looks gray. If that is the case you will want to avoid going too light or chocolate brown and instead look for a brown-black. That will help to bridge the brown in the stone with the gray in the roof. A color like Dark Tahoe would be one to consider.

I like the Single-Width but either Single- or Multi-Width profile would work. Go with the look you prefer.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert




Help Us Keep the Original Garrison Colonial Character... What Color Polymer Shake?

I own a Garrison Colonial in Westchester County New York. It currently has an asphalt roof that needs replacing. The original design of the house was a Cedar roof with cedar siding going half way down the front and back of the house, while the sides and lower half of the front and back are red brick. My contractor and I have decided to go either with the single-width or multi-width Cedar Shake in an attempt to restore the original look. We are also now debating replacing the original cedar shingle siding with the your product as well. My wife and I were having a hard enough time deciding on a color when it was just the roof, but now that the siding might be replaced as well, we are completely stumped.

Very few of your Gallery pictures included red brick homes, they also tend to only include large homes, which I wish was not the case since your products are very affordable for a house of any size.

We are open to almost anything, although we tend to feel the house should be simple and respect its original look, which I assume was unpainted cedar siding and the cedar roof. The siding is currently varied width, with each shingle of the same length.

We are also planning on bring back the original shutters on the Single windows on the upper stories and the two sides of the house, which were removed because they were in poor condition. Our doors are also about to be replaced, so the choice of roofing and siding color determines these as well.

Thank you for your time.

John Knittel
Hastings On Hudson, NY
Product: Single- or Multi-Width Shake





Hello Mr. Knittel,

It sounds like you are making all of the right changes to restore this home to its original beauty. It is going to be a nice improvement.

I recommend staying with the multi-width shake. You can continue with the even lengths or could go with varied lengths if you prefer that look. Either will work on your home and keep the integrity of the original look.

It looks like your bricks have a warm color cast that will work nicely with Weathered Gray or Tahoe. Weathered Gray is lighter and Tahoe darker so it just depends what you have in mind. Both have a look of natural cedar with the gray being more weathered and thus the name.



Using the same shake on both the roof and siding is the best choice and will give you home a very cohesive look from top to bottom. Either of the two colors I am suggesting will blend nicely with the brick. 

When you paint the trim it would be nice to go with an off-white rather than bright white to continue to tie the look together. As for shutters and front door go with whatever color you like best-- there are so many choices that would work great once you have the bricks and roof/siding working together. Muted to dark greens, blues, reds, golds and more. Find a color family you like and then hone in on the exact shade you think works best for your overall look.

I hope this advice helps you to make your color decisions.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert


Help in Colorado... Maybe a Custom Blend for Our Polymer Roof?

We would like assistance choosing our colors using the Bellaforté Slate.

We have a red brick georgian house - the majority of the house is brick. Our trim is white. Our shutters and front door are a very dark green - nearly black. Our roof is not very obvious from the front of our house.

Currently our house has yellow paint but we will be repainting it. We are leaning towards grey.

We have pavers for our front walk/porch and back porch that were just installed. All our landscaping was just completed so in the pictures, things look a bit bare with all new plant.

We like the European Blend but would like suggestions for a custom blend.

Thank you.

Greenwood Village, CO
Product: Bellaforté Slate





Thank you for sending a variety of images of your home. I can see how many nice improvements you have already made to your home and a DaVinci roof will be perfect to top off your look.

I can see that you enjoy the interplay of pattern and color from the design you selected for the newly installed pavers. I think that works very well with the colors and style of your home. I also think going with gray on the siding will look great with the pavers and brick.

For the roof I recommend you go with subtler variations in color rather than a more distinct pattern such as the European blend. On their own each pattern is beautiful but when added to the same exterior they can start to compete with each other for "visual attention" and then none of them will stand out. Instead think about going with the subtle color variations that is possible with DaVinci's VariBlend technology.

If you are still set on pattern you could get away with it because so little of your roof shows but I would still recommend a pattern that incorporates 2 or 3 grays rather than different colors.

​If you want something a bit different, DaVinci Roofscapes is about to release a new VariBlend.​ It is a color called Smokey Gray that is between Slate Gray and Slate Black. I think this color would be a great choice to give your home a distinctive look.

Take a look ​at these three options ​and think about how less pattern on the roof can make the other patterns make more impact to your overall look. I think you will see how going more solid on your roof can bring your other patterns to life.​


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert



Need Help Finding Alternative to All Black Roof...


I've asked Crystal to come up with some alternatives to an all-black roof.

Thanks - Bob

Bob Gibb
Calgary, Alberta
Product: Multi-Width slate


Hi Bob,

A black roof could certainly work on your home but I can understand why you would prefer something a little different to set your home apart. I would still recommend that you stay in the black/gray range of colors but there are other options.

I think Slate Gray could be a nice choice in Multi-Width Slate. The color would blend nicely with your brick and shake as well as pick up on the black trim around the windows and on your door.

Another gray such as combination of Dark and Medium Gray could also work. I like the warmer/brown gray tones slightly better than the cooler/bluish grays based on the photos. Look at the samples of the colors outside your home to determine which color will look best.

Once you decide on your roof gray, I would suggest changing the blue paint on the stairs and porch to a gray that blends with the roof color to give the exterior a cohesive look. 

You have a lovely home and I hope this helps you to pick the perfect roof color.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Fake Slate
















Need Color Ideas for My Home

I have 30 sq. house and would be interested in color ideas.

Nathan Buerge
Joplin, MO
Product: Slate


Hello Mr. Buerge,

I have looked at the images of your home and have the following recommendations for the color and style of your roof.

Your home has lovely details and many materials that add to its stately style. You will not want to detract from these by adding a distinct pattern to the roof. Allow eye to move to the pattern in your brick, stone and the timbers by choosing a roofing material with a the natural look of subtle color variations.

It appears in your pictures that your home is trimmed in black or a very deep charcoal gray. This works well with the style of your home as well as the colors in the brick. Keeping the roof in either Slate Black VariBlend or Slate Gray VariBlend is what I would recommend.

For the profile I think the Bellaforté Slate would be the way to go. The larger tiles and uniform pattern fit the style and size of your home very well and I think you will be pleased with the results.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












Afraid of Going Too Dark on the Roof... What Do You Think?

The stucco on my house is a light pink, with a dark green trim. The stone on the front has pink and green highlights in it. I am afraid of going too dark on the roof, and am not sure what collar would look best. What do you think?

Terry Jackson
Fort Collins, CO
Product: Bellaforté Shake


Hi Terry,

I have looked at your images and I agree you won't want to go too dark on your roof.

I understand you like both the DaVinci Multi-Width Shake in either the Tahoe or Mountain blend. Color-wise you are on the right track. Finding a color that blends with your stone will tie to elements together and open up many possibilities for siding and trim if you decide to change your color scheme.

That being said I think the Mountain blend appears to be a bit too dark for the tones in your stone and the home overall. Since you are already voicing a concern about going too dark I don't believe you would be delighted with this color.

I think Tahoe looks like just the right lightness/darkness and the colors in the tiles appear to blend well with the stone. You will want to view the tile samples near the actual stone on the front of your home to confirm that what I am seeing is true in the natural light around your home before you make a final decision to be sure the colors are pleasing. If you like what you see then I think you will be very pleased with this blend on your entire roof.

I hope that helps make your decision a little easier.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert













Roof Color- New Construction- French Country

Needing help picking a color- probably between cambridge and milano.

Any assistance would be appreciated.

This is new construction, so we don't have photos- but it will be a French Country style- arches on windows with shutters, stucco with a stone wainscot. The window cladding will be a darker bronze color.

We have not yet picked out stucco and stone color.

Brad Jones
Bellaforté Slate


Hello Mr. Jones,

It sounds like your French Country home is going to be just lovely and I do know how many decisions you will be making as you select your materials. Let me give you a few thoughts that might help.

Select materials for the elements of your exterior that will not change often (if ever) that have a common color or what is called colorcast for materials like roofing, stone, brick, etc. I wrote a blog post about colorcast that I think you will find helpful.

As you can start to see the roof and stone will set the tone for the colors on the rest of your home. Dark bronze on your windows could work with either the European VariBlend (formerly called Milano) or Brownstone VariBlend (formerly called Cambridge). What it will come down to is if the stone you prefer is more gray or more brown. Once you find the stone you love selecting the roof will be easier since you'll know what color you are looking for.

From there the other colors will start to fall into place as well. If you haven't already downloaded the free ebooks I think you would find them helpful, too. If gives you an order for selecting your colors that can help you to know what decisions you have to make first in order to create a cohesive exterior.

I hope that helps and that you will share a picture of your finished home. I bet is is going to be just beautiful.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert



Going for a "Charleston" Feel...

I have a very traditional southern home. (Trying to give it a Charleston feel). Trying to decide between Single-Width, Bellaforté and Multi-Width. Also, leaning towards a dark gray or black but would love your advice on style and color.

Name: Mary Frazelle
Raleigh, North Carolina
Product: Synthetic Shake


Hello Ms. Frazelle,

You're home is lovely and the black and white scheme is very "Charleston" Any of the tiles you mention could work with the style of your home so go with the profile you like best. 

I prefer the multi-with to add some depth and texture to the roof but that is just a personal preference. With the single width you will have a uniform appearance that can also be nice with the "buttoned up" look of your home. The Bellaforté is going to give my considerably more texture and a slightly more relaxed look so if that is what you are after this would be a good choice.

Also either color will look just fine. I lean toward going a little darker with the Slate Black. It feels more in keeping with some of the grand homes of the south that come to mind but many also had gray. Again both would work so it goes back to personal preference.

This may not be the solid "this is the way to go" advice you were hoping for but the good news is that with the colors and styles you are considering it would be hard to go wrong. Trust your instincts on which style and colors feels right to you. The DaVinci roof will top off your traditional, southern home beautifully and make it feel even more like it could be on a street in Charleston.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












Looking for 3-Color Combination for Our Roof

Trying to select an appropriate 3 color combination in Multi-Width Slate for my house. Here are some details to go along with the 2 attached photos. Front door is Cinnamon which is a dark mahogany color. Garage doors will eventually be replaced to match as closely to the front door color. Gutters and downspouts will be replaced with copper half round gutters and round down spouts. Chimney pots will be replaced with either copper or clay. Existing roof is brown. Would like to keep in line with the brown but go darker than what is currently there. Was thinking of Slate Black, Dark Tahoe and Dark Chesapeake with copper snow guards; however, it is hard to tell the colors exactly from the website. Based upon the above information and the pictures of the house do those colors make sense or do you suggest something different? I want to get this absolutely right. Please let me know. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Andrew Crisp
Darien, Illinois
Product: Multi-Width Slate


Hello Mr. Crisp,

The updates you are making to your home sound really great. I think you are on the right track going brown with the your blend for the roof. I also like the idea of a 3-color mix of colors to add interest to the roof surface.

I looked at the three colors you were considering - Slate Black, Dark Tahoe and Dark Chesapeake. This could work but I am concerned that the Slate Black may look "spotty" rather than an integral part of the color blend. It would be best to get some full size tiles and have them laid onto the roof surface so you can see how it will actually look when installed.

An alternate choice would be to replace the Slate Black with Dark Mountain. This is a brown darkened with black. It would be similar but without the high contrast of the black. You can also sample this so you could see both of the blends and decide which on looks best.

I hope that helps you to make a decision about the blend for your new roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












Help... Not Sure Which Color Will Work Best on Our Roof

Looking for color and install thoughts, like the color and install style located at Not sure how this look is achieved, not sure what color will work best. Looking for recommendations. Thank you!

Courtney Springer
Kansas City, Missouri
Product: Multi Width Slate

Shake Shingle Roof












Hi Mr. Springer,

The multi-color, multi-width style you noted that you said you like could be great on your home from what I can see. As long as the front doesn't have any elements such as stone or brick that would not work with the colors and style.

Consider either Vineyard Blend or Aberdeen Blend. I think Aberdeen fits the surrounding well. Vineyard Blend would be more colorful. Either one would add a lot of personality to your home.

You could choose one of the colors in the roof and then go a bit stronger/brighter for your front door.

I hope that gives you some ideas for your roof.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert












What Color Cedar Roofing??

My brick is called a midland blend, 3 colors in the brick, can't find the right exterior color. Possibly a cedar shake in the upper portion, tri-level.

Gary Featherston
Waterford, Michigan
Product: color


Mr. Featherston,

The color of your bricks are dark brown beneath white with brown grout and the roof should be a tone with the same brown color or colorcast. 

DaVinci Shake in Tahoe blend looks like it would work well. You just want to make sure that Tahoe or one of the other brown-based tiles has a color that blends well with the brown in the bricks. I added a sample to the image of what I think the based color of the bricks to help you see what I mean.

Also I would shy away from brown for the siding. If you try to match the bricks it is always going to be a bit off and end up looking "fleshy" rather than warm and inviting and plain dark brown will look out-of-date. 

Instead I would go for a color that works well with brown. I like green -- either green with yellow undertone or green with blue undertone but blue, blue-green or even a very toned down red could work.

Painting the siding and trim both as you have now will work best. Paint the garage door and surrounding area this same color.

I hope that helps you to make a decision on the colors for your exterior.


Kate Smith
DaVinci Roofscapes Color Expert

Cedar Shake Alternative