Roofing not only provides protection over the top of the home, it also contributes to the overall aesthetic of the house. Because of this, many homeowners choose alternative roofing options such as metal or rubber roofing. Aside from offering more choices in shapes and configurations, rubber roofing also features several colors.
The darkest color available for roofing, black is also a common color for slate, stone tile, asphalt shingle and metal. While black is compatible with most siding and trim color schemes, including white, the color comes at a higher price than most. Black absorbs more heat than any other color and can actually raise the ambient temperature in a home along with the utility bill. Black rubber roofing is one of the only standard colors available in rubber roll roofing but is also available in shingles.
Because of its imposing presence on an overall home aesthetic, white is not as common a color as others for home roofing. Still, certain homeowners choose this color because it reflects more light from the sun than any other. Reflecting as much light as a white roof does actually lowers the utility bill by reducing the temperature inside the house. White is available as a standard color for roll roofing, and several shades of near-white and off-white are available in rubber shingles.
The color of stone, slate gray is light enough to maintain a neutral effect, neither absorbing nor reflecting enough sunlight to significantly alter the temperature of a home. Available in several tints as rubber shingles, rubber tiles and as a colorant for roll roofing, slate gray is compatible with both light and dark siding color schemes.
Although rolls of rubber roofing come in standard black and white, adding universal colorant to white roll roofing changes the material to a pastel color based on a mixture of the white base to the colorant's pigment. These pastels include light yellows, greens, oranges and blues.
Another advantage of working with rubber is its malleability. Because of this, rubber is available in shingles and tiles of all configurations, including those that resemble cedar shakes. The color of light brown or red clay, rubber shingles are even roughly textured to appear as genuine cedar. This red color is organic and works well with cream and other light-colored siding options.