You like shingles in a color GAF calls Shakewood; your better half prefers Golden Harvest. Shingle color is a significant step in choosing residential roofing for your Indianapolis-area home. Does roof shingle color matter?
Complement Your Home
A new shingle roof is a crown on your house. It boosts curb appeal and gets noticed by neighbors. The color you select for your shingles matters most to you and your family, but the color speaks volumes to everyone who sees your home.
Exterior decorating — having a fashion sense of the outside of your home — has become essential in recent years. Home values are affected significantly by small details, such as the color of your home’s shingles.
Consider all the areas of your exterior must harmonize:
- Front door
Color experts usually describe three options for working with color successfully:
- Complement — The roof color is opposite the siding color on a typical color wheel; a pale red-hued roof works with blue-tinted siding, for example.
- Monochrome — Siding, roof, trim, and front door are variations on a single color such as brown, gray, or green.
- Blend — Roof and siding colors are very similar, accented by contrasting trim and front door colors; you could have a black roof, white trim, and deep aqua siding.
You can get very selective within each option, with analogous, triadic, and tetradic color schemes. Your local roofer can present you with popular color schemes. Major roofing materials manufacturers also offer “Shingle Color of the Year” products.
In some ways, your choice of shingle color does not matter; you will be happy with the wide variety of colors in earth tones, and they will enhance your Indianapolis-area home beautifully. Yet the shingle color matters very much if it is a mistake:
- Work with your home’s architecture — Some color palettes work well with certain architectural styles; colonial homes seldom benefit from intense reds or inky blacks. Victorian homes are resplendent with strong colors but appear positively haunted in dismal grays.
- Work with your HOA — If you happen to live in a community guided by an HOA, follow the rules or face harsh consequences; you may be passionate about Owens Corning’s Harbor Blue color, but the HOA may demand Colonial Slate, for instance.
- Consider the sun — Lighter colors appear lighter outdoors; darker colors diminish sizes outside; take into account how sunlight can dramatically enhance your roof or wash out its color.
- Work with the future in mind — The quiet color you select now will be with you for the next 20 years; avoid fads and think of seeing the same color day in, day out.
- Work with energy efficiency, not against it — Some products from leading shingle manufacturers like Owens Corning and GAF offer considerable benefits in energy savings; lock in the efficiency now.
- Work with your surroundings — If your home is surrounded by lovely, brown-trunked trees burgeoning with green leaves, consider natural woodland colors; a home in a more open, sun-washed lot may look good with sandy tones on the roof.
While color is enormously significant in shingle selection, it is not the only factor. You have color, and then, too, you have these decisions:
- Shingle shape — You can get various profile shapes for shingles, from half-round tabs on Victorian homes to shake-like cuts.
- Architectural or designer deep-cut shingles — If sunlight and color are vital considerations, deep-cut shingles provide dramatic shadows and accents across your roof.
- Roof pitch — How much of your roof is visible from the street, from your driveway, or from your yard? A steeply pitched roof presents more roof; a shallow-pitched roof offers less of a view of the color; you have little choice in your roof’s pitch, but you can take it into account when selecting a cost-effective shingle.
- Your contractor — Do not be fooled by a contractor eager to unload an undesirable shingle color at a discount; work with a reputable, local residential roofer who understands color choice and can offer a wide range of color options.
An excellent start to your search for the optimal shingle color is to drive around your neighborhood. Are you seeing a lot of greys? Is tan a predominant color? You can get ideas on what works (and what doesn’t!) just by finding homes similar in style and setting to your own.
Another excellent resource for color selection is your nearby roofer. You pick one color; your roofer has seen dozens in just a few months. Listen, ask questions, and learn.Please connect with us today to learn more about our vast experience with shingles, color selection, and style choice. We are happy to help you choose the ideal color for your Indianapolis-area home.