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How to Pick the Right Color For Your Roof Shingles

Some homeowners are surprised to learn that roof shingles come in a variety of colors. And for every color, there are a variety of shades and combinations. If you’re getting a new roof or a roof replacement in Charlotte, NC, you should consider that your roof is something you’ll have to live with for the next 20 to 30 years. So choosing the right shingle color is imperative! Here are some things to consider.

Choose a color that you like. This may sound simple, but sometimes the question of whether to choose a roof color based on the heat retention of the singles comes up. In most cases, the difference between the heat retention of dark and light shingles is negligible even on a sunny day, so we advise choosing a color that you like. After all, this roof will be on your home for the next two decades or more. If you don’t like it, you still have to live with it for that long…

Consider your home’s exterior. If you have stone or brick, consider these elements before siding or other trim, which can always be changed. Brick and stone are permanent and most likely make up the front of your home which is what people will see first. So base your shingle color on those components first, and then move to shingles and trim to narrow your choices down.

Check out your neighbors’ roofs. Not only should you consider your own home’s exterior; you should also look at your neighbors’ roofs and the exterior of their homes. If you live in a neighborhood, your HOA may have certain rules surrounding the color of your roof, siding, trim, etc. Check with your association before making a final decision, and try to choose a color that will not only complement your home’s exterior, but that of your neighboring homes as well.

Complement, don’t match. Complementary colors will add dimension, while matching leads to a boring color scheme. While we advise against using too many colors, which may overwhelm the eyes, adding a vivid, complementary color to your roof can beef up your curb appeal tremendously.

Consider your resale value. When it comes time to sell your home, you’ll want to appeal to the widest selection of potential buyers. While a bright, vividly colored roof may be your cup of tea, it likely won’t appeal to most people’s tastes. Keep that in mind when choosing a color, especially if you’re looking to sell your home soon. The process will be way easier if buyers aren’t overwhelmed by the color of your roof. You don’t want to end up having to negotiate a roof replacement into the deal.

View roof shingle samples throughout the day. They will appear differently as the sun hits your roof from different angles, so it’s important to consider various types of lighting. Also, most asphalt shingles are made up of a mixure of different colored granules that work together to create the overall color that you see from a distance. Taken together with the other exterior components of your home, all colors play upon each other to create a palette that is either pleasing or distasteful to the eye. Throughout the day, as the sun shifts, certain tones and shades will be amplified.

Get full-sized samples from a contractor. In order to get a good feel for how your roof will look in varying types of light as stated above, you should have full-sized samples and not just sales brochures or tiny samples. A roofing contractor will be able to supply those and help you narrow down your colors to the best choices for your home’s exterior.

Look at other homes with the same roof color. Once you’ve narrowed down your choices to the ones you like best, ask your roofing company for the address of homes with the same roof colors, and drive by them so you can see what they look like in person. You may also want to use an online visualization software to see what your home will look like with the colors you’ve chosen. You can upload a photo of your home and apply different colors and styles of shingles. As a Tamko-certified roofing company, we encourage you to use their web software as you begin your Charlotte roof replacement project.

Need help choosing a shingle color for your new roof? Give us a call today to discuss your roofing project: (704) 665-0279.

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