Colorful Tips for Selecting Roof Shingles
The color of a home’s roof shingles is a much bigger deal than most people realize. Roofing shingles are not just there to look pretty - although they do add a major aesthetic element to a home. They also serve to protect a house from the elements and cut down energy costs, and homeowners can select from several colors of roof shingles to ensure their roof is best suited to the climate in which they live.
From overall appearance to energy costs to maintenance requirements, the color and type of roof shingles you select will affect many factors. Here are a few tips to consider when choosing roof shingles for your home.
- Make a Statement: Or rather, consider the statement you want to make. If you want a more classic look, choose shingles that are neutral in color. Grays, tans, and browns are particularly good choices when it comes to augmenting resale value. If you prefer a more stylish look, consider using a palate of various tones - such as a mixture of blues and grays. Dark roofs tend to be more bold, while lighter roofs make a more subtle statement. It is also important to consider the colors of your neighbors’ roofs. If you choose a color that stands out, you will be making a statement of individuality. Just make sure the color you choose doesn’t clash with your neighbors - your neighborhood association may not be too thrilled.
- Color Coordinate: When selecting roof shingles, you will want to make sure that the color you choose matches the rest of your home. Your goal is to create harmony, and the roof should accentuate rather than detract from the architectural features and colors of your home. If you have a gray, white, or blue home, we generally recommend black or dark gray shingles. For tan homes, brown roofing shingles are a great choice. Homes that are more colorful, such as yellow or green homes, usually look good with a high contrast roof color.Your roofing contractor will be able to offer advice as to which color schemes will look best with your home’s current siding so make sure to ask for their opinion.
- Consider Climate: If you live in an area that tends to be cold, choose dark roofing shingles. Dark colors absorb heat and help keep homes warm. Light colored shingles, conversely, will reflect heat and keep homes cool. Light colored shingles are thus ideal for areas where temperatures are hot (think El Paso in the summer). Ultimately, the color of your roof will affect your overall comfort level and your energy bill, so consider your climate before jumping to any decisions.
Selecting Roof Shingles
If you are in the market for new shingles, El Paso Roofing Company is ready to help! Our team of roofing experts knows all about shingle colors and materials, and we will help you select roofing shingles that work best for your home. Don't hesitate to contact us today!