The right exterior colors can drastically increase the curb appeal of your home. Design begins with your roofing and siding. Carefully matching or contrasting them adds plenty of character, and it’s easy to get started. Here’s what to know if you’re renovating the exterior or building from the ground up.

Start With Life Span

Consider how long the materials are going to last. Vinyl and aluminum, the two most common siding types, can last 40 and 50 years, respectively. Asphalt shingle roofs last around 30 years. Metal lasts 50-75 years, and slate and clay tiles can last up to 100 years.

Focus first on the color of your roof if you have slate. You’re more likely to replace the siding once or several times before the end of its life span. If you have a 25-year-old shingle roof and are installing new siding, prioritize the siding color first.

You can always match your new roof to it in a few years. If you aren’t sure how old your roof is, schedule an inspection.

Choosing a Roofing Color

If you’re re-roofing and want to match or contrast your current siding, choose a simple color. Gray, brown, and red roofing are the most common and pair well with various siding colors.

Apply a black metal roof to a crème-colored home, or use natural asphalt-gray shingles on a dark blue structure with white trim. Red roofing will help a gray home stand out, while a dark gray roof on light-gray siding will create a uniform look.

Choosing a Siding Color

roofingIt’s helpful to match the tone of the current roof when re-siding. Match warm beige siding to a warm tan roof. Install cool light blue siding to match a cool gray roof.

You can achieve an elegant design with uniform gray siding against gray shingles. Create a cozier design by matching dark brown siding to a red roof.


If you need a new roof, contact Marshall’s Contracting in Clarksville, MD. This contractor offers a variety of services for residential and commercial clients. Whether you want a metal roofing replacement or need to address roof leaks, their team will ensure you get lasting results. Call (410) 406-7667 to schedule an inspection, or visit their website to learn more about their services.