We talk a lot about the technical criticality of proper siding and roofing materials around here – something we feel more contractors should really hammer home more often. Your roof and siding are your home’s shields against the war that nature has declared on them. After all, the sun is this relentless blast of UV radiation and intense heat.
Pests are constantly looking for ways into your inner sanctum. Your climate control is forever trying to escape in any way it can, which in turn causes your energy bills to go through the roof – no pun intended.
Water damage is the biggest nemesis, though. If moisture gets into your home severely, you’re looking at your home starting to literally decay from the inside out as your plaster disintegrates and your structure warps and dangers of collapses mount up. But even worse, there are a wide variety of nasty molds that can begin to grow. One of them, black mold, is actually fatal if you’re overexposed to it. It’s especially lethal to small children, pets, the elderly and the infirm.
Of course, these all in turn directly impact your home’s resale value, your curb appeal, and your insurance premiums to a very severe extent. If this stuff gets too severely out of hand, your home can be condemned, and the repairs can become untenable and your valuable, sacred home a write-off at best.
Well, you don’t want any of that to happen, and we don’t want it to happen to you. At JDT Construction, we make it our mission to prevent these sorts of situations as much as humanly possible. It’s what we’re about, after all. However, today, having given that necessary nod to the technical importance of these materials, we want to talk about the importance of being wise with aesthetics.
Color coordination is something that a lot of people struggle with, and that goes triple for the color blind. Contrary to popular belief, the color blind don’t see in black and white, or some other form of monochrome. Rather, they just can’t discern some aspects of the color spectrum, such as reds, pinks and oranges appearing blue or gray, etc.
I mention this to point out that there is a solution for those with color difficulties, to achieve the critical color coordination that we’re going to discuss today. And yeah, that’s what we really want to discuss the importance of color coordinating your roof and siding, because bad aesthetics may not have the technical issues of material choices, but it sure can impact your curb appeal and your resale value.
As a matter of fact, your home makes impressions about you, your tastes and your sense of style and professionalism, just as your wardrobe can. Your home is where you’re truly yourself, free of the pressures and judgments of social and professional life. This tells people who you really are.
Completing an Aesthetic
Any artist will tell you that a work of art consists of several components that are initially independent, and various measures taken in the creation, work to bring these together to create a sum that is greater than its parts. A home is very much like this, with the landscaping, architecture, and style presenting artistic themes. The color coordination of your roof and siding doesn’t make too awful much of a statement in and of itself, but it punctuates and completes the sum aesthetics presented by the design of your home.
If these clash badly, it will cause none of the overall themes and moods presented by the design of your home to come together, but rather to stand out as unfettered single components, every flaw, and con of any given choice far more emphasized as a result. This lack of theming and completion will paint a less than positive impression of your sense of style and pairing, which feels unprofessional, or as though you were making a counter-culture “bold statement” that went horribly awry.
Another big thing is that proper color coordination goes a long way toward boosting your resale value, as we hinted at previously. If your colors contrast, it can actually be painful to look at (have you ever seen bright red and blue against each other on a screen?) This first impression, even though it’s definitely fixable, will turn off a lot of potential buyers or renters when they see it. They will simply go “ew”.
When having your home assessed for something like a mortgage or leverage of value for a loan, this will be judged just as passionately by the powers that be, as their entire job is to evaluate a house based on how a potential buyer would.
Finally, as far as direct implications, you want your home to look like it belongs to the neighborhood it resides within. Sure, many older neighborhoods lack any kind of cohesive theming, but you will notice that, while perhaps interesting styles of architecture may be seen that stand out a bit, none of these houses usually stand out like sore thumbs.
You can see this happen though, such as those with an odd passion for the “painted lady” style of a Victorian home, with its garish pinks and purples, which don’t look like they belong outside a cartoon. Your neighbors will resent you if you don’t have both well-chosen color palettes, and properly-coordinated ones, as it drags their curb appeal and resale value as well.
On Color Blindness
So, we promised we’d discuss how the color blind can still orchestrate attractive pairings, albeit more understated ones. There are three types of color blindness, two of which make one or the other side of the spectrum difficult to see. The rarer third type sees blue and only blue and is diagnosed less than a hundred times a year.
Here’s the trick for any type of color blindness – aim for earth tones. Mochas, slates, and beiges, which are coming back into style, are most visible or at least perceptible to anyone, and they can look very nice. Pairing these with a black roof is always, always a safe bet.
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