Roof Shingle Colors: 6 Things To Consider Before Making A Purchase

If you plan on replacing your roof, it’s wise to put serious thought into the roof shingle colors you choose for your home.

Given that a roof makes up to 40% of your home’s exterior, its appearance has a large impact on your home’s resale value and curb appeal. To help you with this choice, we are providing you with some tips for choosing a color you will be happy with for years to come.

6 Valuable Tips For Roof Shingle Colors

Bright blue house in sunlight with colorful poppies and some graceful trees; roof shingle colors

1. Consider elements on your home, such as, brick, stone, siding, or stucco.

  • Gray or blue homes look best with dark grey or black roofs.Brown, cream or tan-colored homes work well with a brown or light brown roof.
  • White homes look particularly striking with dark gray or black roofs.
  • If you have multi-colored brick or stone home, stick with a single-colored shingle, as both multi-color stone/brick and multi-colored shingles will make your house appear too busy.
  • If your home is green, red, or yellow, you have more flexibility in terms of what will compliment your roof well. Brown, gray, or black can all look great.

2. Consider Curb Appeal For Future Re-Sell Value.

  • Roofs with good resale value tend to be neutral colored, such as tan, cream, brown, black or gray. These colors are classic and tend to stay in style over time.
  • Trendier roofs include shingles that are mixed, with various color combinations of browns or blacks and grays.
  • High contrast colors (e.g., a white home and black roof or a cream-colored home and dark brown roof) will highlight the features of your home. Low contrast colors, on the other hand, will be more likely to hide defects.

3. Remember the effect that colors can have on the apparent size of your home.

  • Putting a lighter colored shingle on your home will make it appear larger, whereas a darker shingle tends to make a house look smaller.
angry neighbor peering over wooden fence; roof shingle colors

4. Think about your neighbors.

  • Sometimes, your neighborhood association may have rules regarding what roof colors are allowed. Make sure you look into this before replacing.
  • Also, it is good practice not to use the same colored roof as your neighbor. At the same time, it is also wise not to choose a roof color that will clash with your neighbors’ roof. Your goal should be to choose a color that will look beautiful on both your home and the entire street.
Buyers in the construction shop choose the soft roof tiles; roof shingle colors

5. Ask your contractor to provide you color samples.

  • Place these samples side by side your siding/brick/stone and any other outdoor elements it will need to coordinate with. If a small sample of a certain color clashes, you can be assured that an entire roof would be an eye-sore.

6. Use Apple Roofing’s product selector.

  • On our website, check out our product selector, which allows you to view and compare various shingle colors side by side, as well as see the colors on homes that we have completed.

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