Choosing the right color for your shingles will give your home a beautiful look for several years to come. Typically, roof shingles last 15-20 years, so making the right choice is important. To make an informed choice, consider your home’s style, your desired look, and the climate where you live. Here are ways to tell when a roof shingle color matters.
COLOR OF YOUR HOUSE
Choose a color that pairs well with the color of your house, whether to contrast or blend in. To blend in with a more traditional style, stick with brown, grey, or black shingles. But if you want a contrasting pop of color, go for reddish-orange shades or light tan colors. Alternatively, you can opt for a mix of colors, such as grey and black or brown and tan shingles for a staggered effect.
ROLE OF ROOFING IN ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Shingle colors play a vital role in the energy efficiency of any home. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a cool roof is a roof designed to reflect more sunlight than traditional roofing. Light colors often reflect more light, which can enhance energy efficiency during the hot summer months.
MATCH THE ARCHITECTURAL STYLE OF YOUR HOME
You can effectively accentuate the architectural style of your home using the right shingle colors. Drive around your neighborhood to get a sense of which shingle/siding pairing appeals to you most. Look for homes with similar designs, shapes, exteriors as your home.
CONSIDER THE HABITAT OF YOUR AREA
You should also consider the natural environment of your neighborhood. If your neighborhood consists of natural greenery or woods, you may opt for darker shingles that blend with the woods. A city lot, on the other hand, may require lighter hues to blend with neighboring homes and buildings.
CHECK YOUR HOA RULES
If you live in an area governed by a homeowners association (HOA), see if they have rules about colors. Read their rules to make sure your choice of shingle color does not violate their guidelines. Even if they don’t have set rules to follow, think about how your roofing will look alongside your neighbors' homes.
If you have a picture of what you want your home to look like, share it with your roofer so they know what you want to achieve. Ultimately, it all comes down to your preference. Color isn’t the only thing to consider when designing your home’s exterior. Look at the style and shape of your shingles as well. Drive around your neighborhood to get an idea of what others are using and how colors and styles look on a roof.
If you’re looking for a certified roofer or contractor near you, consider APD Roofing - a top-rated quality roofing company. You can connect with us and we’ll help you find your shingle color choice before you make your final decision.
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