When it's time to install a new roof, don't just opt for the same thing you had before. Updating the color of your shingles can give your home an instant facelift. It's especially important to consider a new color if you have also updated the paint or siding color, or any of the trim, since they last time you had a new roof installed. The following tips can help you pick the perfect color for your new roof.
Tip #1: Decide Between Light and Dark
Generally, light colored roofs are considered better for warm climates, because they reflect sunlight and heat, while dark colors are considered best for colder climates because they absorb heat. The truth is that most regions have several seasons so it's impossible to select the optimum color for all seasons. Let your roof and attic insulation handle heat retention or cold avoidance. When it comes to the shade of your roof, opt for what works with the exterior of your home. Generally, this means a lighter colored roof for dark exteriors if you want to avoid a bleak look, and darker colors for lighter exteriors so you can add the appearance of depth.
Tip #2: Look At Hard-to-Change Features
Homes with brick or stone features are more restrictive when it comes to style changes, since it's nearly impossible to change the basic colors of these features. Instead, choose shingle colors that pull from or complement the colors in the stone or brick. For example, earth tones in brick and stone include beige, brown, red, and yellows. You will want shingles that draw from these warmer colors, such as a dark brown for a darker shade or a pale cream and tan for a lighter shade. Treat gray stonework the same – look for shingles on the cooler side of the spectrum so they don't clash with the cool tones in the stone or brick.
Tip #3: Avoid Common Pitfalls
Warm colors can be especially tricky, especially as you move toward the lighter beiges. This is because a single sample shingle looks like a pleasant beige, but a whole roof of the same shingle under the sunlight takes on a distinctly pinkish appearance. Another problem encountered is that a marbled effect is selected by mixing different shades within the same color family, but when combined with bricks (which have a similar marbling effect), the result looks too busy. Keep in mind the scale of the roof and view the shingle samples under a variety of lighting conditions. It's also a good idea to drive around and look at homes made from similar materials as yours so you can get an idea of what options work and which don't.
For more information, contact Allen Roofing & Construction Inc or a similar company.