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Roof It Forward - What are Some Considerations When Choosing a Shingle Color?

August 19, 2022

While in the process of replacing your roof, you need to decide what color you want your shingles to be. With your roof being one of the most visible aspects of your home and being a major component of your curb appeal, you want to pick a color that suits your home well. After all, your roof will last many years, so you want to make sure it is appealing. Continue reading to learn a few considerations you should have when choosing a shingle color.

Your Home Color

You want to make sure that your home has great curb appeal. This includes making sure the color of your house matches well with the color of your roof to maximize the external appearance of your home. Below are several house colors with their best matching roof shingle colors.

- Light Gray home: Dark brown, black, or gray shingles

- Beige/Cream home: Gray, black, green, or blue shingles

- Brown home: Gray, brown, green, or blue shingles

- White home: Almost any shingle color will work

- Weathered wood or log home: Brown, green, black, or gray shingles

Your Home's Architectural Style

Certain colors look best with different architectural styles, based on the style and period of your home. With your roof being such an important aspect of your home's aesthetic, the color of your shingles needs to complement the design. A few examples include:

- Black or dark colors go well with classic-style homes.

- Contemporary and Victorian-style homes blend well with brighter colors, including burnt orange, to pay homage to the original traditional clay tiles that were used.

- Earthy tones of brown and green pair well with Plantation style homes.

Your Home's Size

Your roof can take up to 40% of your home's overall exterior appearance, depending on the size of your home. The actual height of your home is an important factor when deciding on dark or light shingles. Single-story homes have less height, so they should have medium to light-colored shingles to create better balance and make sure your home does not look encompassed by the roof. Darker-colored shingles look better on multiple-level homes; lighter-colored shingles can make larger homes seem washed out.

When you're in the process of replacing your roof, picking out your new shingle color is one of the few decisions you will have to make. It's helpful to have an experienced and trustworthy roofing contractor that will be on your side from start to finish. We have dedicated a page on our website to assist in shingle color selection. At ARAC Roof It Forward, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality customer service and roofing solutions. If you need a roof repair or replacement, schedule your free video inspection with Roof It Forward today.


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