A fundamental principle of architecture is that the various elements should fit together. The colors, trim styles, and materials need to match. One big part of that is the roof. Even though it’s not as visible as many other parts of the house, it will show up very clearly if it doesn’t match. On the other hand, the right type of roof can enhance the beauty of other parts of the home. Here are three ways to get a roof that looks right for your home.
Take a Drive
An easy way to get ideas about your roof or any other part of your home is simply to go look at other houses. Sometimes new developments will feature a home show that allows would-be buyers and other interested parties to visit as part of a neighborhood-wide open house.
This is a perfect opportunity to see what’s out there in terms of roof materials, colors, and styles. Remember that builders stay current on trends so that they can capture more sales. This makes them a great source of design ideas.
Talk to Professionals
As you’re thinking about a roof replacement project, you’re probably focused heavily on cost and time frame. After all, you want your new roof installed quickly and on budget. Sometimes the project itself is an afterthought.
As you think about the “when” and “how much” of your roof, think also about the “what” and “how”. Choose a roofing contractor who is interested in providing you with more than just a completed job. Ask for testimonials and photos of completed projects to get an idea of what the company can do for you.
Do a Little Research
Every style of home has some kind of architectural history. When the first ones were built, there was already a design in place that had that comprehensive, put-together look straight from the architects and designers.
With a little work, you can find the architectural origins of your home’s design. From there, you can get a look at what the architect’s intent was for your particular style of home. There’s no better match than the one planned by the original designer!
Keeping your home consistent with its original design can be a complex process. The best thing you can do is to rely on experts involved in the design and construction of the home, then temper that knowledge with what feels right and looks right to you.