Light Vs. Dark Colour Roofs – Which Is Best?

  July 6, 2016

The colour you pick for your roof has a big impact on the look and feel of your home. It’s one of the first things that you see, and it’s an essential part of your home’s exterior style.

It’s imporant to invest in a good quality roof paint.

Not only does it help defend against the harsh Australian elements, it also keeps your place looking fantastic. It can even help to add value to your property!

If you’ve just bought a home, are looking to sell, or are just in need of a touch-up – your roof is a great place to start. It’s amazing the difference a coat of paint can have.

But with so many different paint choices out there, it can be a bit difficult to decide which one to go for.

At Pridal Services, we are professional Adelaide painters. Ranging from residential homes to large-scale commercial buildings, we know what it takes to get a finish that you’re 100% happy with.

To help you make the call on which paint colour you’d like on your roof, our team have put their heads together and come up with this helpful guide.

Dark Roof Colours

Depending on what style your home has, you might like to use a darker paint colour for your roof. Darker roofs can look brilliant, and can be used to complement the home or serve as a statement piece.

Darker roof paints tend to work very well with a lighter exterior wall paint.

Having a paler paint on your wall helps to keep everything fresh and subtle – useful if you have a smaller home or space. When you team a white, cream or ivory coloured paint with a dark roof colour, you can end up with a beautifully stylish home, one oozing with classic charm.


Pro Tip for Best Results

If you’re painting your roof a darker colour and also have darker exterior walls, try trimming your roof in white. These highlights will help to brighten your home.

Light Roof Colours

While dark roofs are a popular style, lighter coloured roofs can be both a classic statement and a great way to cut down on energy costs.

During the hot summer months, having a white or cream roof can help you to keep your home cool. This is because dark colours absorb heat, whereas light colours reflect it away.

More than just keeping your home cooler over summer, having a light roof helps to stand your home out.

It also means that you can potentially go a bit darker with your exterior wall paint as the roof will serve to lift and soften the colours.

If you want to bring a beachy feel to your home, going with a paler paint colour will help you to achieve that summery atmosphere.


Pro Tip for Best Results

When selecting your roof and wall colour, try making the wall colours just that little bit darker than the roof colour. The colour combination is very appealing, and the lighter roof helps to make your home look taller.

How to Get The Best Roof Finish

Using high quality, weather-proof paint will help you to get the best result on your home. Not only will the quality of paint give you an excellent finish, it will also last longer in the difficult Aussie environment.

If you’re planning on taking this project on DIY style, be sure that you fully prepare yourself, and your roof, for the task ahead.

If you’d like to learn more about some common mistakes to avoid, you can read our guide here.

When using a professional painting service, do some research into them beforehand. Make sure they have the right gear for the job, and that their quality matches up with your standards. After all, this is your home – you want care, attention to detail and an expert touch.


Written by Jamie Sturt