• Joe

How to Know What Shingle Color to Choose

When talking with homeowners we often get asked questions like, “What color of shingle is best?” Or “Are lighter or darker colored shingles better?” And I get it, shingles last a long time so you want to be sure you make the right decision when it comes to the color of your shingles.


So, today, I’m going to help you decide what color of shingle to choose.


Things to consider when choosing a shingle color


When it comes to the color of your shingles, there are a few things to consider.


Consider the exterior of your house



The roof of a home accounts for as much as 25 to 40 percent of your home's visible exterior. It plays an important role in how your home is perceived from the street.


When choosing a roof color, it's important to consider the other aesthetic factors of your home such as siding and/or masonry color and trim color. It's a big decision, but if you're having trouble, it doesn't hurt to ask your roofing contractor for an outside opinion.


You may want to consider a different color if you plan to change the exterior color of your house.


Consider the resale of your house


You may plan to stay in your home for a long time. But you take resale into consideration if you ever plan on moving. This is especially important if you’re considering a high-contrast shingle or something that’s currently trendy.


Make a selection that will look good today and ten years from now.


Consider the climate of where you live



Light shingles fair better in warmer weather, as light colors deflect sunlight and keep your house cooler. But dark shingles absorb heat, which makes them good for colder climates. In the midwest, we get our fair share of both warm and cold temps. But dark shingles also tend to make snow melt faster. When in doubt, you can't go wrong with a mid-range color!


Conclusion


Still not sure what color to choose for your shingles? Then give us a call.


When you've been in the business as long as JB Roofing has, you see a lot of different roof color combinations! We know what looks good and would be happy to help you select a color. Give JB Roofing a call at 515-554-1964 or drop us a message here. We’re happy to answer any questions and provide you with a free estimate.