The roof is an important element in the overall appearance of your home. A great color combination has the power to bring out the best features and add value to your home. Choosing the right shingle color will help ensure that you make a choice that will suit your home’s appearance as well as work with the architectural style of your home.
Here are some tips to help you choose the best color for your roof:
- Consider your climate: The color of your shingles will help with your energy bills.
- For hot climates, light colored shingles work best to reflect the sunlight and help keep the temperatures in your home down.
- For colder climates, dark shingles absorb heat and will help keep your house warm. They also help melt snow and ice from your roof.
Coordinate your roof shingles with the colors of other elements of your home:
- Dark gray or black shingles work well with a gray or blue house.
- If you have a brown or tan house, use a brown or mix of cream and brown roofing shingles.
- For a traditional look use dark gray or black on a white house.
- Green, red or yellow homes give you more flexibility in choice with shingle color. You can use brown, gray or black.
- Think about curb appeal, it adds to the value to your home
- If you are looking to add value to your home for resale, avoid trendy colors. Play it safe with neutral colors like tans, browns, blacks and grays that will stay in style for many years.
- High-contrast colors highlight features of your home while low-contrast colors tend to hide defects.
- Dark colors tend to make homes look smaller while lighter colors do the reverse.
- Drive around several neighborhoods to get an idea of what color of roofing would look best on your home. Look for houses similar to yours in color scheme and architectural style.
Exterior Visualization Tool: Upload a photo of your home to view various roofing color options!
With Certainteed’s Colorview tool, you have the option of selecting to upload a photo of your home to view their entire color pallet of roofing and siding products on your home. You can also browse their gallery of preformatted homes for various style and color ideas.