Picking out a color for your roof shingles might not seem like a topic you should spend a lot of time pondering. You’re more concerned about the total cost of your roof replacement and you don’t have time to worry about insignificant design choices … or do you?
Installing a new roof is no minor job, it’s a major investment in your home. If you neglect to spend enough time thinking about the pros and cons of a specific shingle color, you may have a severe case of buyer’s remorse once the final shingle is nailed down.
Here are multiple topics to consider before you place your final shingle order with your roofing contractor:
Think About Wear, Tear and Stains
Where is your home located? Is it situated in a grove of trees with lots of overhanging branches? When tree branches overhang your roof, it tends to get dirty. Bark, leaves and sap leave stains, and a light-colored shingle will showcase the dinginess for all to see.
It’s not realistic to think you can just climb on your roof and scrub it away. Instead, opt for darker-colored shingles that hide marks and stains, and your roof will retain its curb appeal.
Make a Smart Design Decision
The outside of your home showcases colors on two major areas: the siding and the roof. If these two colors clash, you might overhear your neighbors complaining about your eyesore of a home, and you may have a difficult time selling your property.
Choosing shingle color is not an opportunity to go bold. Make sure the color complements the existing siding by holding up a sample shingle to compare. Check how the colors look in different levels of light by comparing them in the shade and the sunshine.
In general, it’s wise to opt for a neutral shingle color if your home is already boasting an expressive shade on its lower exterior — you don’t want to alienate future buyers.
Energy Efficiency Is Important
In general, you can expect darker-colored shingles to absorb more heat, thereby increasing the temperature of your attic. This helps retain heat from the sun during long winters, and helps melt built-up ice and snow on your roof.
But, during a hot summer, dark-colored shingles can cause your air conditioner to work a bit harder to keep your home as cool as you’d like. Lighter colored shingles may be better in hotter climates.
Call today to talk to the team at Knockout Roofing and let decades of experience guide you in making your final shingle color selection.