How to Choose the Right Shingle Color

How to choose the right shingle color

Shingle color may not be something you give much thought to, but it can impact your home’s curb appeal. When replacing a roof, what color shingles should you choose? Here are the three guidelines we give our clients when thinking about shingle color.

1. Survey the Neighborhood

In some cases, blending in with your neighbors can be a good thing. To get inspiration and see how colors might look on your home, walk around your neighborhood and evaluate the neighbors’ roofs. While you’re always free to choose a bold color that no one else has, understand that your house could stick out — like a sore thumb!

If you belong to a homeowner’s association, there may be rules regarding shingle color and failure to follow these rules could lead to trouble. Always check in so you don’t run afoul of the HOA rules by selecting an unapproved color.

2. Complement Your Home Color

Shingles are in such proximity to your home that you don’t want a color that clashes with the color of your house. For example, if your house is painted a mustard yellow hue, red shingles could give you a ketchup and mustard effect or make passerby think of McDonalds, since red and yellow are their brand colors. The right shingle color will complement your home siding and exterior trim — for instance, black shingles on a white house with a red door.

3. Think About the Future

One general guideline we always give is to think about the future when you may be placing your home on the market. If you choose an unusual color, it could be a turn-off to potential buyers, who don’t want a house that is so bold. While you are always free to pick a color that you love, understand when it may work against you by making it more difficult to sell your home.

Talk to Us About Shingle Color

At Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof, we are here to make every aspect of your roof replacement as easy as possible. Let us offer our opinion on what color shingle would be ideal for your home based on these factors and additional considerations. For instance, darker shingles draw in heat. While this is welcome in winter, come summer it can increase your energy bills since your roof is warmer. To discuss your needs, reach out today.