How to Choose the Right Colour Shingle For Your Roof

September 05 2017 | Roofing

It goes without saying that your roof is a crucial element to the presentation of your home. If your roof utilizes shingles, then it stands to reason that you are going to want to choose the best shingles possible.


Choosing the right colour shingle for your roof is also important. When it comes to the colour of shingles, it isn’t just a matter of aesthetics. The colour you pick has to not only enhance the appearance of your home, but it also has to work with the climate in which you live. Since good shingles and maintenance practices can ensure your roof lasts for years, you’ll want to make sure that you do your research, so that you choose something you’re going to be happy with both functionally and aesthetically.


When it comes to picking the right colour shingle for a roof, there are a few things to keep in mind:


Keep your climate in mind


Did you know that the colour of your roof’s shingles can impact your energy bill? It’s true. That’s why picking the right colour can ensure that your energy costs don’t increase.


For example, the colour can impact the temperature of your attic by anywhere from twenty to forty degrees. White, or other light-coloured, shingles work at reflecting sunlight, which keeps your home’s temperature down. Conversely, darker shades will absorb heat, which can be extremely useful in cold climates.


Coordinate with the colours of the other aspects to your home


Dark gray and black shingles work nicely with homes that are white, gray or blue. Brown shingles can work on their own for brown, cream, or tan-coloured homes. However, you may want to consider a combination of brown with cream roofing shingles.

It’s also a good idea to consider coordinating the colour of your roof with the colour of your shutters, because this can help you tie the overall design of your home together. If your shutters have a colour that contrasts with your home, then match that colour with your shingles.


Another thing to consider is the architectural style of your home. A classic home looks its best with classic hues. Victorian and colonial-style homes pair nicely with natural slate tiles. For rustic homes, browns, greens and weathered grays are a good match. Taking in all of your home’s features can really help you narrow down your selection.    



Consider the statement your home is making


It’s important to remember that high-contrast colours are good for highlighting certain features. On the other hand, with low-contrast colours, the idea is more about hiding things. Neutral colours tend to stay popular for years and years to come. Tan, cream, black, and grey are good examples of what we are talking about. Color combinations are quite popular right now, but this may strike you as a bit too trendy.




Think about the neighbors


We generally don’t think about our neighbors when it comes to putting new shingles on the roof - but you should. Make sure your roofing shingle choice doesn’t conflict with any of the rules that have been established by your Home Owner’s Association. If you don’t have an HOA to consider, great. Just remember that you don’t want to copy the style or colour choice of your neighbor’s roof, unless the style of the neighborhood calls for that. You will also want to avoid choosing colours that will clash with their roofs.


Come prepared


When you consult a roofer, be sure to bring colour samples of all of the colours that can be found along the exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to get some tips on choosing the best colour for your roof from an expert.



Pick The Right Colour And Enjoy

Choosing the right colour shingles comes down to choosing something that is going to accentuate the architectural style of your home. For example, red clay shingles for a roof would look great with a Spanish-style dwelling. A traditional colonial-style home should probably stay away from combining colours, but this can be a great choice with your ranch-style home.


Again, an expert can be a lot of help in this arena. They can help walk you through the best options for your home so that you choose the best possible colour for your roof.


Participating Vendors:

D’Angelo & Sons Roofing & Exterior

George Kent Roofing & Insulation

MaxPro Roofing


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