Houses with red metal roofs

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Have you decided on a red metal roof for your home? There are lots of colors to choose from when deciding on the design of your roof, and red is a striking choice that can enhance your home's curb appeal and help it stand out. Maybe you're still undecided and you're only considering a red roof for your house. In that case, let's take a look at a few factors that you should keep in mind before you install a colored roof.

Your Home Owner's Association

Do you have an HOA? First and foremost, if you've been considering a red roof, make sure that it is within the rules of your particular neighborhood. In the same way that they don't want you to put pink flamingos all over your yard, your HOA may find a red roof to be too flashy.

Be sure to call the president of your local association and discuss your plans with them before you have your roof installed, or you could face some hefty fines. Ask them what colors you are limited to and what shades of those colors you can use. If you can, meet them in person to discuss the matter if you are really set on the color that you want. This way, you can more easily paint a picture of what you're looking to install by showing them color charts or using other visual aides to get your point across.

If your HOA approves, or approves with some modifications, then that's great. If not, then you might petition for them to make an exception, but chances are that you're not going to be exempt from your community's rules. It doesn't hurt to send a thoughtful letter, though, or to show up at the next HOA meeting and bring up the matter. It might help to get your neighbors’ support, too.

If you live in a neighborhood without an HOA, then of course you are free to turn your attention to more practical concerns.

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How Energy Efficient is Red?

One of the factors at play when it comes to what color you will choose for your home's roof will probably be energy efficiency. For instance, if you want to maximize the heat that your house absorbs so you can reduce heating costs you would probably choose a dark roof, and if you want to reduce cooling costs, you would choose a light-colored one that absorbs less heat. What about red, though? Well, red comes in many different shades, some of them darker and some of them lighter.

If you don’t want to make your home bright and flashy, then a dark red is probably most appropriate. This could affect your cooling costs, so one way to offset this is to put up solar panels and use the energy that they generate to supplement your electricity bill.

How Much Do You Want to Stand Out?

Some people like being the center of attention, and by extension, they'd like their home to be the centerpiece of the neighborhood. Is this you? Do you want a home that stands out against all the other houses in the neighborhood? Are your neighbors okay with that?

Having a red roof will definitely get people's attention. Red is just a color that pops and makes people take notice. This can be a good thing and a bad thing. You could be both a source of admiration and of ridicule. If you're ready for the extra attention and you simply like the way a red roof would look on your home, then there's little reason not to give it a try. However, understand that if your roof is a bright red shade some people will consider it to be “loud.”

Does Red Fit Your Home's Style?

As with choosing any color, you have to ask yourself: Does this work with the style of the house? Does it look like it fits or does it seem hodge-podge? Naturally, red suits many different styles of home, but sometimes it just doesn’t look right, especially with certain color schemes. If red doesn't coordinate well with the colors of the rest of your house, and you don't see yourself repainting everything just to suit the roof, then you may want to choose a different color that isn't red.

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How Will This Affect the Value of Your Home?

A house's aesthetics can have a lot to do with its market value, because the value of a house is ultimately dependent on the tastes and trends of the current population of buyers. In other words, it is very subjective, so if you own a house with the intention to sell one day, you may want to consider whether someone else would appreciate your color scheme and improvements.

The fact of the matter is that few people would appreciate a loud, bright red roof, and would probably want to repaint it after buying, so this may affect their decision if they are considering your home. On the other hand, a more subtle red might give the house an interesting look that will make people more interested in your house. The key is to be conservative with the colors and avoid making the roof appear like it is “too much.”

If you're not sure what will look best to others, then ask your neighbors or even the board members of the HOA for advice. Show them pictures of houses that have a similar roof color or show them charts of different shades and ask them what they think of your potential choices. Listen carefully to their feedback.

So, if you've finally decided to go with a red roof after all of these considerations, then congratulations! Red roofs aren't very common, but they can be very beautiful, and they can certainly make a statement about your house and help it to stand out within your neighborhood.