Thinking of a new roof ... then think FRESH! National color expert Kate Smith recommends that both homeowners and roofing contractors "Think Fresh" when selecting the best colors for a lightweight roofing system.
Smith sugges people use the acronym "FRESH" to consider:
Style of the Home
"If you take the FRESH approach when looking at your home and its setting, you're on the right track for selecting a polymer slate or shake roof color," says Smith, a color consultant for DaVinci Roofscapes.
Fixed Features are permanent design elements of the home, like the foundation, partial stone or brick facades, pathways and retaining walls. For example, a home with a slate tile walkway in shades of gray may look best with a DaVinci Slate Castle Gray combination of three tones of gray in a slate blend on the roof.
Regional Colors reflect the prevalent housing style colors and natural surroundings in an area. A southwestern style home in a desert may match perfectly with a Sonora blend of medium and dark terracotta colors in a synthetic slate roof.
Environment and Surroundings asks you to think about the natural colors around you. Are you near a waterfront, the mountains or desert? Coastal area homes may work best with a Chesapeake blend of four tones of oceanfront gray as a lightweight roofing solution. However, homes in wooded settings would look great with the DaVinci Mountain blend of multi-width polymer shake tiles.
Style of the Home suggests you stick with colors that are "true" to your home's design. If you have a Craftsman style home, Smith recommends a natural looking Class A Fire Rated shake roof in New Cedar or Weathered Gray color. However, a Victorian home can use manufactured slate tiles in a multitude of colors to complement the charm of the house.
Historic Colors should definitely be considered if you live in a historic district. Lightweight roofing tiles are a great alternative to original wood shake roofs or heavy tile products. More traditional colors work on historical homes for their roofs --- such as whites, browns, black and shades of blue and green.
"Thinking FRESH brings a host of colors into consideration when you're working on a sustainable roof replacement," says Smith. "Thankfully DaVinci offers 49 roofing colors in lightweight tiles that are perfect for all home projects!"