Did you know that a roof makes up 25 to 40 percent of a home’s exterior? Therefore, your roof deserves just as much attention as the interior of your home.
Some might even argue that the roof is the most important aspect of a house because it provides insulation, prevents water from entering and denotes the structure of a home.
Choosing the best shingle colors for your roof can provide your home with character, practicality, and beauty.
If you are looking to replace your roof in the near future, this guide will walk you through everything you need to know about choosing shingle colors that are bound to make your house a home.
While you might already have an idea of what shingle colors you appreciate, it is important to choose your new roof with your property characteristics in mind. You can’t choose a shingle color based on a random photo you saw on Pinterest.
Does your home have a lighter color exterior? If so, you might want to look at shingles that provide contrast such as black, dark gray, blue or even green. Does your home consist of beautiful red bricks? You might want to look at dark brown shingles to create a color scheme within your home exterior.
One way to find complementary colors for your home is to create a mood board. Start by choosing textiles that are representative of your home’s current exterior color and textures. Then just match those with different colors and textures until you have found a complementary color scheme and vibe that you can envision on your home.
Colors Are More Than What Meets The Eye
The shingle colors you choose for your home should be based on more than what looks the prettiest. Different shingle colors serve different purposes, and it is important to choose a practical color based on your home and lifestyle.
For example, the climate you live in should play a large role in what shingle colors you choose. The darker the shingle, the more light they absorb and the more heat they produce. This can be beneficial to some and counterproductive to others. If you live in a cold climate and experience a lot of snow, darker shingles can make all of the difference in the winter with their extra 10 degrees of heat. However, if you live in a warm climate that extra 10 degrees can be brutal during the summer.
While some like to play it safe with neutral shingle colors, there is always the option to go bold with red, blue or green shingles. In fact, some of the most popular shingle colors are bold, vibrant and eye-catching. Don’t be afraid to try something that you don’t see all over your Pinterest boards.
Just make sure that you are mindful of your neighbors, homeowner association rules and your home’s resale value. If you are planning to sell your home in the next few years, your bold shingles might not be as appealing to homebuyers as they are to you.
Choosing The Best Shingle Colors For Your Home
If you are still indecisive about what shingle colors you should purchase, start by choosing from a wide variety of colors and then narrow your choices down to your favorites. Take some samples of your favorites home with you and hold them up to your home in different light scenarios in order to grasp the full potential of a specific shingle color.