Choosing a Shingle Color

Your roof is one of the most important parts of the exterior of your home, and choosing the best color for your shingles will ensure that your home looks beautiful. Aside from any unforeseen damage, a shingled roof will last between 15 and 20 years—maybe more, if it’s well-maintained. Everyone has his or her own individual tastes and preferences, so unfortunately there isn’t a perfect formula to use when choosing your shingle color. However, here are 10 tips that will offer some guidance:


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Try It First
You usually get samples to look at first when painting your home. Do the same thing with your shingles. Bring home the shingle samples and test them out in different lighting conditions. You can also check out other roofs in your area to see which colors look the best.

Consider You Surroundings
The second is your surroundings. If the color of your shingles harmonizes with those in the natural environment around you, your home will look like it belongs in the landscape.

Architectural Style
About 40 percent of the visual exterior of your home is the roof. If you have a roof with a greater slope or pitch, your shingle color is even more important. Think about the types of roofing that will really complement your architectural style.

The Color of the House
A cream or beige home looks great with gray, black, brown, blue and green shingles. For a brown home, consider choosing black, gray, green or brown. Meanwhile, a white home will look wonderful with a black, gray, white, green or blue roof.

Homeowners Association Regulations
If you are part of a homeowners association, you’ll want to make sure you review the association’s guidelines and restrictions. Find out if you are required to have your choices approved by the association before construction begins on your new roof.

Think About Fixed Exterior Elements
If the shingles clash with your exterior paint, you can always repaint your home. When your house has fixed exterior elements like brickwork or courtyard pavement, you need to be extra cautious in choosing your roof’s color. Masonry, stone and stucco are hard to change, so it is easier to just change the shingle color.

Consider the Climate
The climate you in which you live. The color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your attic by 20 to 40 degrees! This can make a big difference in the heating or cooling cost of your home. Light shingles deflect sunlight and help keep temperatures down in hotter climates, while dark shingles absorb heat and help homes stay warm in colder climates.

Look at the Building Materials
While brick homes are common in the north, wooden homes are more popular in the south. Your home’s building materials, veneer and siding can determine the best roofing colors.

Enhance or Reduce
Do you want to make your roof seem larger than it is or hide it away? With a darker color, you can hide imperfections and make people focus on the rest of the building. A light-colored roof will draw attention to the home and make it seem larger.

View Shingle Colors Online
If you are still stuck for ideas, view our selection of shingle colors and styles online or contact the qualified roofing professionals at Whitrock Associates, Inc. III. You choose the color and we’ll give you a quality installation to keep your home beautiful and protected from the elements for years to come. Contact us at (850) 862-7900 for a free estimate.