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How To Pick The Right Roof Shingle Color For Your Home


Getting ready to reroof your home? When it’s time to replace your roof, you may also want to consider changing up your roof color.


Are there better color options than what you have on your roof right now that would enhance the overall exterior look of your home and potentially boost curb appeal? It’s easy to just pick the same roof color that you already have or that your roofing contractor suggests. However, a new roof is a big investment, and you might as well pick the roof color you really want so that your home feels like your home.


Tips for Picking a Roof Color You Love – and that Complements Your Home Exterior Design


Here are a few tips from roofing industry experts that can help you get it right – from color to style – with your next roof.



Think of your roof as a canvas to express your personal style.


A roof typically accounts for about 40 percent of your home’s overall exterior. With a wide range of beautiful dimensional colors and styles available in today’s asphalt roofing shingle market, you can bring the same energy to designing your exterior that you do to your interior.



Explore bold, high-contrast designer shingle options.


If bold dimensional color plays a big part of your personal style, then consider the same for your new roof. From bold and dynamic to subtle and classic, you can use color to help make a statement with your next roofing shingle color.


With the right roofing shingle color, you can enhance your home’s exterior and complement its natural surroundings and design elements.



Avoid feeling limited by what you already have on your roof – unless you love the color, of course!


When the time comes to replace your roof, take a moment to reconsider which color roofing shingles might improve your home’s overall look. While you may be tempted to play it safe and replace your current roof with the same exact shingle color, use this home exterior project as an opportunity to refresh your home’s appearance and boost its curb appeal.



Compare the actual impact on cost if you want to upgrade your roofing shingles.


The actual cost difference between roofing shingle product lines may be less than you think, so moving up to an architectural shingle in a designer color could actually be within your budget. Of course, only a roofing contractor can give you an estimate that is based on the specific details for your home and the products you select. But getting the roof shingle you really want may only add a few extra hundred dollars to the total project cost.



See the shingle color in real life.


Experts recommend checking out homes in your neighborhood with the same roofing shingle color installed. If you can find a home with a similar roofline and pitch, you’ll get an accurate sense of how the shingle color will look in natural lighting.


Ask your roofing contractor for a list of recommended homes so you can drive by and see the shingles in action at different times of the day and in different weather conditions.



Think big picture.


Shingle colors can have a chameleon effect once they are matched up to another color on the exterior. So, don’t focus too much on trying to match up your colors exactly—just know that the color granules will look different once they’re paired with another color. Take the sample board your contractor has brought and lean it against your exterior to view it from a distance to get a sense of how the granule colors will blend together for an overall effect once installed on the roof.