Asphalt shingles among the most popular roofing materials in the U.S. They’re affordable, reliable, lightweight and they look good on almost any type of house. The best shingles can last anywhere between 15 and 30 years depending on weather conditions and maintenance.
There are many other types of roof materials available, and some of them are better than asphalt shingles when it comes to longevity and durability. However, metal, tile and slate are usually more expensive than asphalt shingles.
If you’re replacing a roof, your roofing contractor may advise you to stick with the original type of material that came with your house, as this is probably what’s best for your home’s architecture and color palette, structural support and the local climate.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t switch up the color scheme of your roof. Here’s some advice on how to choose a shingle color that will take your home’s beauty to the next level.
Consider the Climate in Your Area
Your home’s indoor temperature is affected by several factors, including the color of your roof. Black shingles attract and retain more heat, so they’ll make your attic hotter. Lighter colors reflect sunlight more effectively and make your attic cooler.
What Is Your Home’s Color Palette?
Your shingles should mesh with your home’s dominant material. For instance, red brick goes well with a dark brown roof. Black and dark gray shingles are also good options. If your siding is a light shade of gray, consider a dark gray roof. Your contractor can advise you on this.
Put Your Roof in the Background
Most people at curb distance will notice your front door, siding and windows first. And that’s okay; your roof doesn’t need to catch the eye before these other components. Instead, it should complement the more conspicuous elements of your home’s facade.
Don’t Depend on Tiny Samples
Swatches help, but its best to ask your contractor for bigger samples. Place them on the roof and look at them at different hours of the day. If you’re comfortable with a color at all times of the day, then that’s probably your best choice.
Is There a Theme in Your Neighborhood?
Many neighborhoods have a prevailing color palette of their own. Make sure to observe the dominant roof colors and take your cue from them. Your homeowners’ association might also have a list of acceptable colors, so get in touch with them.
These are some of the factors to consider before choosing your roof color. ABM Services & Renovations can help you choose the right shingles for your home. We also offer commercial roof installation. Call us today at (770) 288-2368 or fill out our form for a free, no-obligation quote. We serve homeowners in Locust Grove and Sandy Springs, GA.