Shingle Color — 3 Factors To Consider When Installing A New Roof

Asphalt shingle roofing is popular within the residential market. A shingle roof is durable and affordable. Shingles come in a wide range of colors, which can make it difficult for homeowners to determine which shingle product they should install.

Here are three important factors that you can use to help you determine which shingle color will best complement your home over time.

1. Architectural Style 

The architectural style of your home should play a role in the selection of shingle colors.

Cape Cod homes are often characterized by their weathered and natural color palette. You should select lighter shingles in shades of gray or tan to complement this natural color palette.

Contemporary homes have a clean and crisp aesthetic. Dark shingles will help to maintain the overall design of a contemporary home.

Tudor-style homes usually have cream walls with brown accents. A medium brown shingle color will help to maintain the cohesive look of a Tudor residence.

Work closely with your roofing contractor to determine which shingle color goes best with your home's architectural style.

2. Siding Color

Does your home have siding? If so, the color of the siding should be used to help select a shingle color.

You want to ensure that the siding and shingles don't clash with one another. Complementary colors can help enhance the curb appeal of your home.

You can choose to have your shingle color blend seamlessly into the color of your siding, or you can select a shingle color that contrasts with the siding to help the roof stand out.

Many homeowners match their shingle color with other exterior features like shutters or framing.

3. Surrounding Environment

The colors that can be found in the environment surrounding your home can also be helpful when it comes to deciding which color of shingles you should install.

You don't want your home to stand out like a sore thumb in your neighborhood. Select shingles that go well with the shingles on your neighbors' homes.

You can also use the climate in which you live as a way to select shingle color. Lighter color shingles work well in warm climates, while dark shingles can help preserve heat resources within homes in cooler climates.

You may even want to use the surrounding landscape to help inform your shingle color choice. Earth-tone shingles tend to look best in a desert environment, while dark shingles are great for homes in wooded areas.

Speak to a roof contractor to learn more.