Do you need a new roof? If you’re not sure what color shingles to choose, take a look at everything you need to know about your options.

What Colors Are Available?

The answer to this question depends on several factors. Roof shingles come in a rainbow of colors, ranging from neutrals (such as gray, brown, or tan) to designer hues (such as blue, red, or green). If this is your first experience choosing a new or replacement roof, the color selection is based on:

  • The contractor. Most roofing contractors only work with specific brands. A roofing contractor can help you to explore the shingle brands and different colors they offer to customers.
  • The manufacturer. Different shingle manufacturers offer different color palettes.
  • The type of shingle. Wooden shingles or shakes have a natural brown/tan hue, clay tiles are reddish-orange, and asphalt shingles are available in an array of different colors (such as gray, black, brown, red, maroon, green, blue, tan, or other colors).

If you have a specific color in mind, talk to your contractor about the options they sell and install. Ideally, the contractor offers the color palette you want. But if they don’t, you can still get the roof of your dreams. Keep an open mind as you explore the alternatives. You may find another color is truly the best choice for your home’s needs.

Does Color Affect Efficiency?

The roof plays a crucial role in your home’s overall energy efficiency. Some roofing materials and shingle colors absorb heat in the summer-time. This can reduce cooling effectiveness and cause an overall home energy loss.

If energy efficiency and cooling loss are important factors in your roofing replacement decision:

  • Consider a reflective surface. Solar reflectance can reduce heat absorption. This can reduce cooling loss and increase efficiency. A white membrane or white metal roof will have a high degree of solar reflectance.
  • Choose a lighter color. While a reflective coating can increase energy efficiency, you don’t necessarily need to get a special roof. A lighter color of shingle increases reflectance and may add to your home’s efficiency.
  • Avoid dark colors. Dark shingle colors typically have poor solar reflectance. This means the shingles absorb more heat than they reflect. The result is decreased energy efficiency and limited cooling power.

The decision to replace your roof with a light-colored shingle doesn’t have to mean you cover your home in a white coating. Instead, you can choose a taupe, tan, or another similar hue.

How Can Color Impact Exterior Aesthetics?

Along with energy efficiency, the roof adds to your home’s exterior aesthetics. A poorly matched roof can stand out and distract from your home’s curb appeal. As you move through the color palette selection process, consider:

  • Your home’s exterior accents. What color are the shutters, the entry door, the garage door, and the window frames? While you don’t have to match the roof to these elements exactly, choose a color in the same family.
  • Your home’s overall style. Do you have a traditional home or is the exterior a sleek, contemporary style? The color should add to and coordinate with your home’s general style.
  • Your personal style. Do you prefer bolds, brights, or neutrals? Your home’s exterior makes a statement and can showcase your personal style.
  • Your neighborhood. Does a homeowners association govern your exterior aesthetic choices? If you have community or historical restrictions, make sure to pick a palette that meets the local rules and regulations.

Discuss the color options with the roofing contractor before you make a selection. An experienced, knowledgeable contractor can help you to pick the right palette for your home.

Are you ready to upgrade your roof? Contact Empire Roofing and Restoration for more information.