5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Shingle Color

It may seem like a small detail, but shingle color is something you should seriously consider. After all, it’s not too often that you’re likely to need to call on a roofing contractor to entirely replace shingles that are worn out, damaged, or clearly showing their age. But if roof repair involving the replacement of a few shingles here and there is no longer a cost-effective option for you, a reputable roofing company may recommend either applying new shingles over existing ones or replacing your entire roof.

Regardless of why you reach a point where it’s time for new shingles or an entirely new roof, roofers will need to know what color shingles you want placed on your roof before getting to work on your home. Boost your odds of making a confident, well-informed decision by considering the five things discussed below when choosing a shingle color.

1. Your Home’s Overall Exterior Style

While you may want to go bold with your new shingles or try something entirely different in terms of color, realize that you’ll still want to keep your home’s exterior style in mind as you explore your options with shingle colors. For instance, if you have a classic red brick house, commonly recommended colors for shingles are dark brown, black, grey, and green.

Consider complementary colors based on your home’s exterior color if you don’t have a brick exterior. For example, black or various shades of gray tend to look best on homes that are primarily blue or gray on the outside. However, if your home has siding that’s brown, tan, or a cream color, take a look at shingles that are brown or a combination of varying hues of brown or cream colors.

Also, consider your home’s architectural style. What might look really good on a Ranch-style home, for instance, may not have the same effect on a French Colonial, Victorian, or Tutor-style home. Conversely, more traditional colors may minimize the impact of a home that’s ultra modern or already bold-hued with its other architectural features.

2. Curb Appeal

If your goal is to keep your home looking current, consider a neutral color for your shingles. This will also make it easier to make other changes to your home’s exterior without having to worry about changing your shingles if they’re still in good shape. “Neutral colors” for shingles typically include:

• Black and white

• Varying shades of gray

• Beige and brown and similar earth tones

You’re also welcome to kick things up a notch with bolder colors for shingles if they can still match your home’s exterior style. But be cautious about going this route if you plan to sell your home in the future. Homeowners tend to be more amenable to neutral colors that give them some wiggle room with making exterior updates.

3. What’s Common In Your Neighborhood

You don’t have to choose the exact same shingles your neighbors have, but it can help to know what’s common in your area. This is also one of the perks of working with a local roofing company. Roofing professionals who routinely work in you area should have a good idea of what colors are typically used on homes in surrounding communities.

4. Homeowners’ Association Restrictions

If you are part of a homeowners’ association (HOA), check to see if there are any restrictions with roofing shingle colors you should know about. Some associations prefer all roofs to retain the same general look. The last thing you want to do is opt for a color that’s not allowed and end up with an HOA fight on your hands. Even if they do allow some leeway with shingle colors, err on the side of caution and run your final choice past your HOA first to get official approval.

5. Results from a Virtual Remodeler Tool

Use an online home remodeler tool if you are really not sure what shingle color will work well on your roof. These tools allow you to play around with different colors after you upload images of your home’s exterior. This is also a great way to see if things like alternating color schemes may be good for your roof.

Once you’ve decided on a color, a roofing contractor can help you further fine-tune your selection based on other factors like shingle style and texture. Regardless of what color ends up being right for your roof, take comfort in knowing that most shingles made today tend to be more durable and energy efficient than what was common even a decade or so ago.