Choosing the Best Asphalt Shingle Color

by | Sep 9, 2020 | Uncategorized

Choosing the correct shingle color can be advantageous in increasing the curb appeal of your property, as your roofline accounts for 25-40% of visible building exterior. We’re here to help you make an educated color choice based on the external environment of your building and the harmony a good choice can make.

Coordination with Other Building Materials

This may seem obvious, but it’s important to choose a shingle color that coordinates itself with the other materials of your building. You want your shingle color to be different enough to provide interesting contrast, but not so different that they do not appear to harmoniously combine together. For example, if the siding color is a neutral tan, consider a weathered wood colorway to ensure a contrast from siding to roof. The front door color, shingle color, and trim color should all be considered when choosing a shingle color. Although, a door color is more easily changed than an entire roof. Below are the best shingle colors per siding color:

Red siding: black, dark gray, dark brown, or dark green shingles

White siding: brown, black, green, gray, blue, or red shingles

Gray siding: black, dark gray, dark blue, dark green, or white shingles

Beige/tan siding: brown, black, dark green, or dark blue shingles

Brown siding: green, black, blue, charcoal, and browns that are either lighter or darker

Blue siding: Black, brown, gray, or white shingles

Consider Climate

Depending on where you live, color choice can impact how much sunlight is absorbed into your building, increasing your cooling bill. Using that logic, dark colors are better suited to cool climates to use that extra absorbed heat to melt snow and ice. Light colors are better to keep AC bills down in warmer climates with plenty of sunshine.

Shingle Shortage

COVID-19 has affected every industry in some way, and it’s had a lasting effect on asphalt shingle manufacturing. As a result of factory shutdowns and lower operating capacity, manufacturers of asphalt shingles are focusing on producing the most common colors: black and weathered wood (brown). That’s not to say that other colors aren’t being produced, but your timeline may differ if choosing a unique or uncommon color. This is another factor to take into consideration for choosing shingle colors.

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