Although colour choices vary from person to person depending on race, age, eye colour gender etc, with Hampton style homes the latest rage in house styles dark roofs are the most popular to complement the lighter colour on the walls; Five most popular colours trending lately are:
#1 prize belongs to Monument, a dark grey/charcoal colour that will complement Black gutter/fascia as they contrast well; if there apexes (small gables) on the roof then the flat panels would look awesome in Lexicon half strength, as would soffits in the same colour. If the walls are rendered or timber they can be painted in a light off-white to full Lexicon colour . Monument is a Colorbond colour created to fill a niche market for those who prefer a darker grey but not as dark as charcoal.
2. Dark Grey
#2 position belongs to dark Grey, a shade lighter than Monument with a hint of blue that can hardly be distinguished but adds a different dimension and aesthetics to the dark grey family; it too works well with Black gutter/fascia and Lexicon half-strength gables or soffits.
#3 is Charcoal; perfect for Hampton style roof colour, it complements any colour trims in the range from black (for trims) to dark grey, mid & light greys to whites.
4. Woodland Grey
#4 spot belongs to Woodland Grey, a dark grey with a hint of green that adds a diverse look to a roof enhancing light trim & wall colours that have a hint of green in them.
5. Manor Red
#5 if you have a colonial style home with a metal roof, and want to keep the colour scheme traditional, then Manor Red is the preferred colour; if heat is an issue then the traditional silver colour could be more suitable.
Conclusion: when choosing a roof colour, several things must come into consideration:
- House colours: the roof colour must complement the house colours or create a contrast.
- Heat: dark colours attract more heat, particularly if the roof is metal as they tend to radiate more heat in the roof cavity. One way to solve the issue is to use heat reflective paint; however not all reflective paints work with dark colours, only NXT Cool Zone by Nutech, works with dark colours.
- Avoid really blue colours as blue tints tend to fade quickly. One way to solve the fading of blue colours is to use Nano-Protect, a clear coating that prolongs paint life span & gloss retention and prevents premature fading. The product is pricy but well worth the investment.
- Product: chose a quality product ahead of cheaper nasties, cheap is just that: cheap; on the other side of the coin, not the most expensive paint is the best. Some well-known paint firms spend an enormous amount of money on marketing thus increasing the product price; this doesn’t mean their roof paint is the best. Do your research, check reviews and ask some who had their roof painted.
- Applicator: just as important as the product, make sure you choose a reputable applicator with good reviews to achieve the best outcome.
Roof Paint Colour FAQs
What is the most popular roof paint colour?
While colour preferences vary depending on who you ask and what you want, Hampton-style homes have dark roofs which complement the lighter walls. You can try monument and other shades of grey.
Should I paint the gutters the same colour as my roof?
There are 2 ways to approach painting your gutters, first is to contrast and coordinate it with the exterior theme of your property where you can paint it the same colour as your roof. The other option is to check the available roof gutter guard systems that suit your property and your needs.
How many layers of paint does a roof need?
Generally, after applying a sealant or primer on your roof, two coats of roof membrane will be laid. Depending on the type of roof, it is best to ask a reliable roofer near you for the best way to paint your roof.
How long does roof paint last?
Before painting your roof, it has to be cleaned and repaired for better functionality. With proper preparation and the right painting techniques, your roof paint can last for 10 to 15 years or even longer.
How should I choose roof paint?
Consider where you live when choosing a paint colour and try to match your surroundings, if you can. You may also choose complementary colours for your roof based on the exterior paint used on the exterior walls.
How many litres of paint does my roof need?
Essentially, 1 litre of paint can cover about 6 square metres. When calculating how much roof paint is required, you should add about 40% to the footprint area of the project.