Three Tips For Choosing Shingle Color

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Is it time for a new roof and you're thinking about a change of style? Fortunately, when it comes to asphalt shingles, you have many choices when it comes to the color. When choosing a color for your roof, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Asphalt shingles can last for decades, so you want to make sure you choose a color wisely. The following information can ensure you make a choice that you can live with and appreciate for many years to come.

Tip #1: Pick a neutral shade

Depending on what shingle colors are available in your area, it can be tempting to go with a statement color to really make your roof stand out. While a non-traditional roof color may look great on your home today, you may not like it as much down the road when you want to change your home color and you have to worry about clashing. It is a much better option to choose a neutral shade for your roof. This gives you more freedom to paint the exterior or trim a different color. Grays, browns, and even black roofs can be very attractive. Save the creative colors for shutters, trim, or doors, which are much easier (and cost-effective) to repaint compared to a roof replacement.

Tip #2: Consider your climate

Climate can also have a bearing on your roof color choice. If you live in a hot climate, lighter colors are better for a roof since they will reflect heat away from your home. This results in lower energy costs overall. On the other hand, in cold climates, especially those with a lot of snow, darker roofs may be better. The dark roof can absorb more heat from feeble winter sunshine. Not only will this keep your home warmer, it can also speed snowmelt on your roof. This, in turn, can lessen the chances of winter roof issues, like ice dams.

Tip #3: Look at the homes around you

Although you may not want your house to look exactly like your neighbors, you do want your roof to complement the dominant look in your neighborhood. Terracotta colored shingles in a neighborhood of neutral grays, blues, and blacks can stand out like a sore thumb. A better way to stand out is to stick to the average neighborhood color scheme, but choose shingles of a different design. For example, go with the popular shade of gray, but choose architectural shingles, which have a variegated color look that really stands out. Or you can choose scallop-edged shingles instead of the traditional rectangles.

For more help, contact a residential roofing company in your area.

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30 August 2018

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