The roof on your house has a big effect on the overall appearance and appeal of your home. The roof should enhance your home's appearance and boost its curb appeal. Here are some tips for choosing new roofing that's a good match for your home and how to maintain your roof's good looks for years.
Choose Roofing That Complements the Siding
Roofing shingles come in a variety of textures and colors, so give careful thought to the right type of roofing for the siding on your home. Also, consider your front door, windows, shutters, and other exterior features, because they should all work together. That doesn't mean they should all be the same color. It's often best to choose a dark color for roofing shingles when you have light siding and basic solid shingles if you have shake siding or some other pattern. Your roofer can show samples of different shingles so you can choose the best match for the exterior of your home. If you're painting too, then choose the paint and roof at the same time so you can be sure they go together well.
Invest in Quality Roofing
There are different qualities of shingle roofing. You'll have to buy what your budget allows, but it's good to buy the highest quality you can afford since thicker and higher quality shingles are more durable. Durable shingles last longer and hold on to their looks longer. Plus, you'll need to make fewer repairs, which can also keep your roof looking better since repaired areas are often a slightly different color than the rest of the roof.
Have Roof Maintenance and Repairs Regularly
A roof that has curled shingles or bald shingles that have lost granules is not very attractive. By having repairs done every few years, you not only maintain the appearance of the roof, you can also keep the roof in good shape so it doesn't leak. Hire a roofer to check your roof every few years and make repairs as they're needed rather than wait until the roof leaks and then call for help. By then, there may be water damage that also has to be repaired and the repairs could cost more.
Keep the Roof Clean
Keeping your roof clean can be a problem if you have trees that hang over your house. You may want to have the trees trimmed so there are no branches near your home that can drop twigs and leaves on the roof. Leaves hold moisture against the roof and that can lead to mold. Trees also create shade that can encourage algae to grow on the roof and make ugly black areas. Cutting back trees so sun can reach the roof is one way to keep your roof more attractive, but it may also be necessary to clean the roof occasionally. Clearing off branches and leaves helps protect your roof while maintaining a tidy appearance.