Don’t Hide Your Gray

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Baby boomers and homeowners of all ages should forget about hiding their gray and embrace “going gray” – at least on their roofs. That’s the advice of national color expert Kate Smith with Sensational Color.

Villa blend profile of Bellaforte Slate roofing tiles. Villa blend profile of Bellaforte Slate roofing tiles. Image courtesy of DaVinci Roofscapes

“When you look at your home’s exterior it’s completely acceptable to ‘go gray gracefully’ with different shades of natural stone, flint, and granite on the roof,” says Smith. “A gray polymer slate or shake roof, like those offered by DaVinci Roofscapes®, offer exceptional versatility because the different grays in the roofing tiles complement almost any color siding or exterior accents.”

Slate Gray profile of Bellaforte snap-fit polymer roofing tiles.

Smith points out that gray is one of the most common colors used on roofs because of both its connection to materials originally used on roofs (like heavy natural slate) and the comfortable muting of gray tones. “As a color source you can never go wrong mimicking nature,” says Smith. “Grays blend in well with natural surroundings of any form of landscaping. A gray roof doesn’t appear 'jarring' to the eye in bright daylight and actually helps the home to have a softer, more muted tone overall.”

When selecting a gray roof, Smith recommends choosing a blend of grays to further “relax the eye.” One of her favorites, the Milano blend in the Bellaforté product line, includes Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, and Dark Purple roofing tiles. For a roof that replicates cedar shake, but has all the advantages of a synthetic roof, DaVinci’s Harbor Gray blend in the single-width Valoré Shake product line includes Light Chesapeake, Medium Light Chesapeake, Medium Chesapeake, and Dark Chesapeake.

“Soft, natural grays work extremely well with a wide variety of color schemes for the remainder of the exterior of the home,” says Smith. “Gray roofs look especially soothing when combined with blues, yellows, and purples. However, they can also help complement a white house that has accent colors such as red or green in the front door or shutters of the home for pops of color.

“Overall, you really can’t go wrong with a gray roof. It indicates a stately, refined look without being dull. And a blend of grays is a wise choice that will live up well over the years and allow a homeowner to change out the colors of their siding, trim, or windows. The universality of a multi-hued gray roof means it will look just as regal in 50 years as it does the day it’s installed.”

DaVinci offers 49 different standard roofing colors, including 14 shades of gray: Light Gray, Medium Gray, Dark Gray, Dark Stone, Slate Gray, Light Tahoe, Medium Tahoe, Medium Dark Tahoe, Dark Tahoe, Light Weathered Gray, Medium Light Weathered Gray, Medium Weathered Gray, Medium Dark Weathered Gray, and Dark Weathered Gray.

A DaVinci Color Design Program is available to homeowners with a Color Design tool. The free on-line tool allows people to create their own custom color blends using DaVinci’s standard colors.

Last modified on Thu, Nov 08, 2012
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DaVinci Roofscapes has manufactured award-winning polymer slate and shake roofing since 1999. The roofing tiles are virtually maintenance-free and far more cost-effective than the natural product. DaVinci leads the industry in tile thickness, tile width variety, and the greatest selection of subtle earth-toned colors. Company products have a 50-year limited warranty and are 100% recyclable. DaVinci proudly makes its products in the United States and is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Cool Roof Rating Council, and the U.S. Green Building Council. For additional information call 1-800-328-4624 or visit

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