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Shingle Colors to Complement Your Home

More and more homeowners are adding value to their property - and lifestyle - by creating outdoor living spaces. When it’s time to think outside the home, it’s time to include that new roof in your plans. Wouldn’t you love to have an outdoor kitchen for al fresco cooking, dining and entertaining? Or a spa-like relaxation area complete with a pool, deck, hot tub or even a sauna? How much of your new roof will be visible from your backyard? Consider it an element of your exterior decorating!

Maybe you’d prefer the quieter charms of a graceful gazebo amid a zen meditation garden or just a restful conversation area on your deck or patio? The shingle colors of your roofs should blend harmoniously with the natural surroundings, gardens and landscaping. Altogether beautiful!

No matter what your backyard dream is, you’ll be seeing a lot more of your roof when you spend that much time outside. So the asphalt shingles you choose for your roof should be beautiful to behold and make a personal statement about those who live under its protection.

Can a roof really express a homeowner’s personality? Yes! Depending on the style of home and the color of the roofing shingles you choose, you can create a warm, welcoming vibe or a bold, dramatic statement. You can opt for traditional elegance or an ultra-contemporary urban chic.

The right color and style of roofing shingles will also make a great first impression from the front of your home, enhancing its curb appeal and potentially boosting its resale value. A new roof is a big investment that you – and your neighbors – will have to live with for many years. According to industry research, one of the greatest challenges many homeowners face is how to match shingle colors that complement their home.

The table below can help you quickly match roof shingle colors to your home’s basic exterior color:

Red Dark Brown, Black, Grey, Green
Light Grey Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White
Beige/Cream Brown, Black, Grey, Green, Blue
Brown Grey, Brown, Green, Blue
White Almost any color including Brown, Grey, Black, Green, Blue, White
Weathered Wood or Log Houses Brown, Green, Black, Grey

We’ve put together 17 facts and tips to help you match shingle colors to your home.

1. Your Roof Can Account for up to 40% of Your Home’s Visual Exterior, So It Deserves as Much Consideration as You’d Devote to Its Interior Design.

    The higher the pitch or the greater the slope of your roof, the more you’ll see the shingles from street level. When selecting your asphalt roofing shingles, choose a color and profile that will enhance your home’s architectural style and draw the eye upward toward any special details, like dormers and gables.

2. Color is Too Important a Factor to Ignore.

    Not only does it have a psychological effect (calming, soothing, exciting, etc.) on us, it can serve other purposes that we’ll explore more fully below.

3. How to Choose Shingle Colors That Complement Your Home?

    It’s helpful to start by thinking big. Then narrow down your choices. Here’s how.

4. The First Question to Ask Yourself is Where Do You Live?

    Because climate and geography matter. In the past, light-colored asphalt shingles weren’t as prevalent in the humid southern climate. Today, however, the addition of special algae-resistant granules that help inhibit the growth of blue-green algae helps reduce the appearance of harmless but unsightly black streaks. Lighter-colored roofing shingles may help keep the home’s interior cooler, depending on how effective the insulation and ventilation are. If your home is in the Pacific Northwest, you may wish to choose roofing shingles in shades or combos of grey, brown or green to harmonize with the natural environment of sea and evergreens.

5. In the North, Natural Sunlight Has a Cool, Bluish Cast to It; The Farther South You Go, the Warmer and More Reddish the Character of the Light Becomes.

    The same color blend of cool greys and icy blues that looks so fantastic on a home in New England might look washed out in the orange sunset glow of the Desert Southwest or the tropical light of Florida. When choosing a shingle color to match your home, always look at actual samples in different light conditions and remember that natural light varies considerably by location, not just time of day. Notice how the homeowner chose solid dark grey shingles because of the multicolored brickwork and intricate trim, then picked up those brick colors for the accents of shutters, doors and eavesdropping. It all works!

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