Asphalt shingles are available in virtually any color, shape and style so choosing new ones can be daunting, even for seasoned homeowners. Here are some tips on how to choose the right roofing shingles.
Factor In Exterior Components – Unless it will also be replaced alongside your roof, you should factor in siding and other exterior components before choosing new asphalt shingles. Roofing and siding are two of the biggest exterior components and should, therefore, complement each other in color and style. Other exterior components you should factor in include brick, stone and other permanent components.
Light vs. Dark Roof Colors – Grays and other neutrals are “safe” choices when it comes to residential roofing color. However, if you are leaning towards light or dark colors, there are certain pros and cons that you should consider. Dark roof colors are ideal for tall structures as light colors would look unbalanced up top. However, these roofs retain heat longer, which can raise your home’s indoor cooling requirements during cooling season. Light roof colors, on the other hand, are naturally reflective.
View Samples Under Different Outdoor Conditions – If you already have a few roof colors in mind, try to obtain large samples. Some colors look differently depending on the time of the day, and you need one that looks good in most, if not all, lighting conditions. Take your samples, place them against the siding, and view them in the morning, at noon, late afternoon and in the evening. This can help you narrow down your roofing choices.
Mind the Neighborhood Colors – Whether mandated by the local homeowners’ association or you simply don’t want your home to stand out like a sore thumb, you should take the time to check out the neighborhood’s general color palette. A quick walk around the block should give you an idea of the ideal roof colors.
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