5 Things to Think About When Selecting a Roof Shingle Color
November 09, 2015 at 2:49 PM
Many times when homeowners get a new roof installed on their home, they select the same shingle color that is already on their home. If you picked, and like your existing shingle color, that’s great, but if you don’t like the existing color of your roof, or if you think that a different shingle color would make your home look better, a roof replacement is the perfect time to make this change.
While selecting a shingle color for your roof seems like an easy enough task, it’s a task that can easily become complicated. There are many brands, styles and colors of shingles to choose from. Depending on your house’s style, type of siding (wood, vinyl, brick, stone, or stucco) and its color, plus your own personal taste, and the number of people making the color decision, This decision may become more stressful than you originally thought.
To help you make the picking a roof shingle color decision as easy as possible and less stressful, think about these five things:
1. Go “Window Shopping"
Before you start getting roofing color options, take a drive through your neighborhood and look at houses nearby. Take note of their roof’s color and how it blends with other elements of their home such as the siding, trim and shutters. This will help you to visualize how your house could look with a new roof color and how it could look with the style and colors of your home.
If you do this it will also allow you to determine what you like versus what you don’t like. If there is another person involved in the decision-making with you, this will allow you both to vocalize your preferences and start to find a common ground.
2. Ensure You’re Given a Full-Size Roofing Sample
Once you get an idea of your preference, it’s time to talk to a professional roofing contractor. Always ask for a full-size shingle sample so you can see exactly what a shingle would look like in person.
The last thing you want to do is make a decision based on what you saw in a brochure or online; sometimes colors don’t photograph the way they actually appear.
3. Study the Roofing Sample
Once you receive the roof shingle sample, be sure to study it carefully. Are there underlying colors that are brought out more when the shingle is in the sun? Do any of the granules in the shingle match any of the existing exterior colors on your home?
Make sure that you still like the shingles in both the sun and in the shade, and that you think the granule colors complements the exterior of your home well.
4. Keep All Upcoming Variables in Mind
When it comes time to select a color for your roof shingles, think about if you have any other major curb appeal enhancements coming, in addition to your new roof. Are you planning on painting your shutters a new color? Is your siding going to be painted a different color?
These are big focal points that, if changed, can dramatically change how your home looks with the new roof color.
5. Ask Your Contractor for Examples
Finally, ask your roofing contractor if they have any addresses of homes where they have installed the shingle brand and color you want to install. Does the completed project look like how you imagined it would?
Ready to Replace Your Roof?
Now that you know how to select the right shingle color for your roof, are you ready to schedule your roof replacement? With over 75 years of experience in the roofing and gutter industry, H & S Roofing & Gutter Company has the expertise you need to install a roof system that will enhance your home’s curb appeal.
Call 704-334-9934 today to speak to a representative or visit H & S Roofing & Gutter Company’s website at www.hsroofing.com!