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How to Choose the Best Shingle Color for Your Roof

by | Jun 10, 2019 | Roof Tips | 0 comments

How to Choose the Best Shingle Color for Your Roof

A new roof is an exciting prospect. It caps off your home like the bow on top of a gift box, which is why it’s important to have a plan before you select a color for your roof. You want it to coordinate well with your home’s exterior. A tasteful contrast of colors can also be a good look. Elite Roofing and Restoration Services knows that style and performance are important for your roof, so here is a list of things to think about when choosing your next roof color.

 

Color Considerations

There is really no limit to which color you can choose for your roof. Shingles are available in thousands of colors and designs, and painted metal roofs are gaining popularity due to their recyclability and fire resistance. Anyone who lives in a major metro area like Dallas-Fort Worth has access to pretty much any color they desire.

Still, other factors might limit your choices a bit. These include:

  • The Climate. North Texas is hot for most of the year. Because dark colors absorb heat and light colors reflect it, homeowners are choosing white and very light-colored shingles to keep their homes cooler. The color of your shingles can affect attic temperatures by 20 – 40 degrees! Experts have also found that light shingles tend to last a bit longer than their darker counterparts because of their reflective properties.
  • HOA Restrictions. A bright red roof might make a bold statement, but it might not be a statement your HOA agrees with. Many HOAs try to create a sort of visual harmony in their neighborhood, so be sure your color choice is appropriate before you buy shingles.
  • Your Budget. If cost is your primary concern, you might be limited to working with standard 3-tab asphalt shingles. They are a decent material for sure, but they might not come in the widest range of colors. Look at manufacturer websites to see which shingles are available in which colors.
  • Your Personal Style. Do you want a house that stands out from the others or a more harmonious color palette? Do you want a brighter home exterior to make your home look larger? Would you prefer a traditional color combination or a bold and modern contrast? Style is definitely a big part of choosing a shingle color for your roof. 

Modern Color Trends

A roof can make up 40% of your home’s exterior, so you want it to look good. Whether you’re going for visual contrast or harmony, you don’t want a color combination that clashes too harshly. Take into consideration the colors in the brick, stonework and wood on your home’s exterior, as well as the colors of trees and flowers around it. Try to stay in the same color family or use complementing colors.

Light-colored roof shingles, including white shingles, have really taken hold this year because of their effect on a home’s temperature. Dark roofs have been known to allow snow and ice to melt faster, but that isn’t too much of a concern here in Dallas-Fort Worth. Our major concern is cooling bills. Anything promising to lower energy bills is sure to be a hit, and white roofs are no exception.

 

Make Elite Roofing Your First Choice in DFW

A lot goes into choosing the right color for your roofing shingles. You have to consider what will make you and your family happiest. If you’re ready for a new roof, call Elite Roofing and Restoration Services today! We can help you choose a color and material that works best for your home.