Roofs Become Artwork: Colorful Roofs That Make a Statement

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

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Photo Credit: InSpire Roofing by The Tapco Group

Well, that’s not your standard piece of slate on the roofs at Craig Ranch, a mixed-use, French-influenced styled development in McKinney, Texas.

Sheldon Robinson Custom Homes, based in Frisco, Texas, is taking roofs beyond the standard grays, blacks and browns and going multi-colored and bolder — such as with reds and greens — to enhance the overall look of a property. Could this be the beginning of a new trend where the roof becomes almost like artwork in home building design?

The builder even used up to 8 different colors on one home’s roof that boasts Red Clay, Chestnut Brown, Stone Black, among others in spicing up the exterior. Sheldon Robinson Homes partnered with InSpire Roofing Products, a company that says it offers the largest selection of slate materials in the industry — up to 25 colors, including plums, reds, greens, grays, blacks and browns as well as blended colors, such as red/black or plum/green.

But why the multi-color statement on the roofs?

Photo Credit: InSpire Roofing by The Tapco Group

Photo Credit: InSpire Roofing by The Tapco Group

“I wanted to do it for our houses because when people pull up to see a home, it just presents a whole different look,” owner Sheldon Robinson said in a press release about the development. “It delivers more of an authentic slate look. … With our multi-colored roofs, I don’t think most people would look up and say ‘look at that roof, it’s incredible, I can’t believe how many different colors they have.’ … The average home owner who walks into the house may not even understand why it’s different, but he’ll just know it’s different.”

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. Anita ladis

    I agree and find that using more than one colour gives the roof a richness and an added dimension not so flat and boring!!!

  2. Very tasteful and fun!

  3. that house is very nice and different modal
    and love it . colour gives the roof licket .